Alright, so we've finally moved so that I'm posting these on Sunday. Obviously today is Super Bowl Sunday! Which is exciting and full of multiple snacks right? Right. But you're going to have to wait til next week to see my delightful set up (so maybe you can use it next year?)
To be fair, this recipe would be an awesome last-minute snack for the big game as well. It's an assembly snack more than an actual cooking snack. Sometimes that's exactly what you need!
1 round loaf of sourdough (unsliced)
4 oz of mozzarella cheese (more if you want it really cheesy)
15 turkey pepperoni slices (regular pepperoni is too greasy and turkey has the same flavor)
sliced black olives (I used like 1/8 cup)
4 Tbsp melted butter
1/2 t salt
1t Italian seasoning
Preheat the oven to 350
Using a bread knife (or other serrated knife) cut your sour dough in 1" slices in two directions, never cutting through the bottom of the loaf.
I cut my mozzarella into tiny cubes, but I think in retrospect that shredded cheese would have worked better. So shred you your cheese and carefully push it in between the bread cuts. Cut the pepperoni slices into quarters and push them down on top of the cheese. Repeat with the sliced olives.
In a small bowl, mix together the butter, salt ,and Italian seasoning. Use a pastry brush to brush heavily over the top of the loaf (it's good for it to get down into the crevasses too!).
Wrap the entire loaf in foil and place in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove foil from the top of the loaf and continue to bake for another 15 minutes. Serve warm with marinara for dipping sauce.
With this recipe, I especially liked the bottom crust of the bread. It was really crispy from the butter that dripped down tasted really good. The great thing is that you could easily customize this with different types of cheese, meats, dipping sauces etc. I think a buffalo chicken version with blue cheese sauce would be super tasty!