Stuffed breads are such a BIG hit in the east coast! After moving to the mid south, I started baking my own. My son Rob’s favorite is broccoli and pepperoni stuffed bread. So easy to make, below is the “quick” version made with Simply Homemade® County White Bread Mix (found in the baking aisle of your favorite grocery store).
Simply Homemade® Country White Bread Mix
Follow the direction on the back of the box for making this yummy bread, cover bread with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until doubled (if you have time), about 1 hour.
Now comes the really fun part, creating your bread…one of my favorite sayings is “you are only limited by your creativity”….this is especially true when stuffing a bread, because you can stuff it with just about anything. But, today I am making “Rob’s favorite”, so I am stuffing my bread with broccoli, pepperoni, shredded mozzarella, grated parmesan cheese and a little sun-dried tomato pesto sauce, just to “kick it up a notch”….oh yeah, and of course, red pepper flakes.
For the broccoli, chopped two bunches of broccoli crowns, place in a micro-wave bowl, add 2 tablespoons water, salt & pepper, I LOVE Tones® Roasted Garlic Sea Salt…
2 crowns chopped broccoli
Micro-wave for 5 minutes. Drain and put aside until needed.
On a clean work surface or a silicon roll pad, lightly dusted with flour, place bread dough and pat down or roll dough out to a 14″x8″rectangle. Top dough with pesto sauce (if desired) leaving a 1-inch edge. Top pesto sauce with 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella, cooked broccoli and ¼ cup chopped pepperoni. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese over pepperoni.
Brush egg wash along outer edge (this helps prevent ingredients from bursting out). Starting with the side closest to you, roll up jelly-roll style; about ½ way, fold in edges and continue rolling to end.
Place bread on a sheet pan or pizza peel dusted with polenta (or corn meal), this will add a wonderful crunch to the bottom of the bread. If time permits, cover and let rise an additional 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400°F. For optimal flavor use a pizza stone, preheated for 45 minutes. Brush bread with egg wash and top with toasted sesame seeds, if desired. Make several ¼-inch slices diagonally on top. Slide bread onto pizza stone, or place baking sheet in preheated oven. Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
This is a GREAT appetizer to bring to any party….Buon Appetito!
Rob’s Favorite Stuffed Bread
1 Package Simply Homemade® Country White Bread Mix
Prepare bread mix according to package directions. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until doubled, about 1 hour.
On a clean work surface or a silicon roll pad, lightly floured with flour, place bread and pat down or roll out to a 14 x 8 inch rectangle.
Add bread stuffing (see below). Egg wash edges of bread and roll tightly, tucking in the ends before you finish rolling up. Egg wash outside of bread and sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
Bake in a preheated 400°F oven on a pizza stone for 20-25 minutes. Remove bread and place on a wire rack to cool before slicing.
2 crowns chopped broccoli (microwave for 5 minutes or until soft) drained
1/4 lb. wafer sliced pepperoni)
1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2-3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
Red pepper flakes to taste
Optional: ¼ cup tomato pesto sauce
Ham & Tomato Filling
1/2 lb. sliced ham
1/4 to 1/2 lb. Provolone or Italian Cheese Blend
Red pepper flakes to taste
Sun-Dried tomatoes or fresh tomatoes