Savory Monkey Bread
Savory Monkey Bread
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

OK, OK, we all love monkey bread. But the sinfully sweet variety is so last year. Instead, we’re obsessed with this more sophisticated savory version. Making it is as easy as slicing bread (literally), and the taste is infinitely adaptable (mozzarella today, Swiss tomorrow). You end up with an ooey, gooey, melty appetizer that’s great for picking apart with your hands.

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6 to 8 servings

1 loaf unsliced bread

1 cup pesto

12 ounces mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Prepare the Bread: Score the bread lengthwise. To do this, slice the bread as you would for toast, but don’t cut all the way down to the base of the loaf. The idea is to keep the bread in a loaf shape and fully intact. Repeat this scoring across the width of the loaf. You will end up with what looks like little squares of bread.

3. Use a spatula or butter knife to spread pesto in the crevices of the bread. No need to be precise--just get a good slathering in there.

4. Next, place mozzarella slices inside the crevices, wedging them in so that they don’t stick out too far at the top (you want all that gooeyness inside the bread and off your pan).

5. Transfer the loaf to the prepared baking sheet, and bake until the pesto is bubbly and the mozzarella is melted, 15 to 17 minutes. Serve warm.

796 calories

61g fat

38g carbs

27g protein

5g sugars

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