This Pull-Apart Cheesy Bread Is Also the World's Greatest Christmas Tree

Published On 12/20/2016 Published On 12/20/2016
Cheesy Pull Apart Bread
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  • 1 package pre-made pizza dough from the grocery store or your favorite pizzeria. Usually they're about 12 ounces, but this isn't an exact science, so don't sweat it.
  • 1 jar of pesto sauce
  • 1 8-ounce ball mozzarella (or buy cillengini, the cherry-sized mini-balls)
  • 1 ½ cups marinara sauce, store-bought or homemade
  • Olive oil


  • Let dough warm up to room temperature. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Either grease a cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper. Roll out the dough and cut into 16 equal-sized pieces.
  • Cut the mozzarella into ½-inch chunks (or cut the cillengini in half).
  • Wrap each piece of dough around a piece of mozzarella to form a ball. Seal the seams well, lest you get something resembling squeezed toothpaste instead of cheesy balls.
  • Place each ball (hehe!) seam-side down on prepared cookie sheet, arranging the balls in the shape of a Christmas tree. Brush the balls with a coat of pesto.
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and brush with olive oil.  
  • Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.