Cheesy Italian Monkey Bread is savory, cheesy and hearty. Tastes like pizza. Easy to make with simple ingredients.
If desired, add crumbled/cooked ground beef or Italian sausage.
The unique look of this side dish makes a pleasant presentation. Serve as a side or main dish.
Pairs well with lasagna, spaghetti and salads.
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This recipe is my creative variation of Cheesy Herb Monkey Bread made by Pillsbury.com.
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Cheesy Italian Monkey Bread
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 cans (10.2 oz each) biscuits Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Flaky Layers refrigerated Original biscuits
- 2-1/2 cups shredded Colby-Monterey Jack Colby Cheese I used shredded cheddar cheese.
- 2 cup cooked ground beef, crumbled or cooked/crumbled Italian sausage
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese optional
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Generously grease a12-cup bundt pan with shortening or generously spray with vegetable oil cooking spray.
- In small bowl, combine melted butter, Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Set aside.
- Remove 5 biscuits from each can (10 biscuits total).
- Cut each biscuit into fourths (will have 40 pieces). Coat 20 biscuit pieces with melted butter mixture. Arrange in single layer along bottom of greased bundt pan. Sprinkle with 1 cup of cooked/crumbled ground beef (or Italian sausage).
- Sprinkle 2 cups of shredded cheese over top of dough.
- Coat remaining 20 pieces of dough in the melted butter mixture. Arrange over top of shredded cheese in bundt pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup of cooked/crumbled ground beef (or Italian sausage). Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup of shredded cheese.
- Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes. To loosen, run a rubber spatula around edge of pan. DO NOT USE use a metal knife because it will scratch the bundt pan.
- Place heatproof plate upside down over pan. Hold plate and pan firmly together, then flip over to invert Cheesy Herb Monkey Bread on the serving plate.
- Sprinkle top with grated Parmesan Cheese. This step is optional.
- Pull apart and serve. Cut with a pizza cutter if preferred.