Mini Pepperoni Pizza Bread Bowls

by Shawnda on October 14, 2012

in Appetizers,Pizza

Mini Pepperoni Pizza Bread Bowls

It’s part pizza. It’s part bread bowl.

But it’s mostly pizza.

The inspiration for this recipe came from some of my very, very favorite people in the whole wide world, Todd & Diane of White on Rice Couple. When I showed their photos to Jason, his eyes lit up and his response was simple: “Get me some pepperoni and it’s a date.”

Mini Pepperoni Pizza Bread Bowls

I used baguette dough to form the bread bowls but if you don’t have an extra 1.5 hours or are just not in the bread-baking mood, pick up a package of good, sturdy rolls (not those heavenly, soft & fluffy dinner rolls). They come together rather quickly after that with just premade marinara, some turkey pepperoni, and mozzarella.

Pizza. In a bowl.

The bread bowls, pre-filling, will freeze beautifully in a ziptop bag should you not have a crowd to help you finish them on the first day.

But then it’s all over but the inevitable tomato drip on your shirt when you’re trying to figure out “fork or no fork,” a decision that’s much easier if you’re wearing a white shirt.

Mini Pepperoni Pizza Bread Bowls

Pepperoni Pizza Bread Bowls

A great gameday dinner or a party appetizer; marinara sauce, pepperoni, and mozzarella baked into mini pizza bread bowls.


  • For the bread bowls:
  • 2 cups warm water, divided
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp (1 package) yeast
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • Oil, for coating bowl
  • For the filling:
  • 2 1/2 cups marinara sauce (your favorite or mine)
  • 1 pkg turkey pepperoni (or ~5 slices per bowl)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella


  1. Put 1 cup warm water, sugar, and yeast into your mixer bowl.
  2. Let stand for 10 minutes until frothy.
  3. Add 1 cup water, flour, and salt and knead for 5-7 minutes on medium speed with the dough hook (add additional flour 1 spoonful at a time if the dough does not come off of the side of the bowl).
  4. Transfer to an oiled bowl, turning to coat. Cover and let rise until dough has doubled. (This takes ~45 minutes with my oven set to “Dough Proof.” Alternately, if you're hurtin' for a warm place for the dough to rise, you can turn your oven on the lowest setting for two minutes while kneading the dough, and then shut if off.)
  5. Preheat oven to 425.
  6. Divide the dough in half and then each half in 5 equal pieces (a kitchen scale makes this much easier).
  7. Form into balls and place on a silpat- or parchment-lined baking sheet.
  8. Let rest 20 minutes.
  9. Bake ~15 minutes, until golden brown.
  10. Transfer the bread bowls to a rack to cool completely and leave the oven on.
  11. Use a serrated knife to cut a hole in the top of the bowls, removing most of the insides but not puncturing the rolls.
  12. In a medium bowl, mix the marinara, pepperoni (I cut them into quarters), and 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese.
  13. Spoon into the bread bowls and sprinkle the remaining cheese over top.
  14. Bake for ~12 minutes, until the cheese is browning and bubbly.
  15. Serve warm, best eaten the day of assembling.


Yields: 10 servings

Inspired by White on Rice Couple

Estimated time: 1-2 hour 30 minutes


{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cara October 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Yup. This is pretty much cheesy, pizza-filled heaven. Sign me up!


2 Loretta E October 14, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Looks like delicious comfort food to me!


3 Christina @ Diary of a Teenage Baker October 14, 2012 at 9:24 pm

GENIUS!! putting bread bowls on my to-do list…


4 Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes October 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm

What a great idea!


5 Joanne October 14, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I generally love the idea of soup bread bowls…but pizza bread bowls sound even BETTER.


6 Debra October 15, 2012 at 12:03 am

Just my kinda bowl! BRAVO! YUM! FANtastic idea! :D


7 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel October 15, 2012 at 5:49 am

This would be such a fun item to have for movie nights or game day!


8 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking October 15, 2012 at 9:46 am

These are so fun and creative! Absolutely love ‘em. Our guy friends would go nuts!


9 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm

These sound so yummy!


10 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 15, 2012 at 1:34 pm

What an awesome idea! Will definitely have to try this!


11 Krystal R {Mrs. Regueiro's Plate} October 15, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Brilliant…absolutely brilliant. I’m so going to make this next week!


12 shelly (cookies and cups) October 16, 2012 at 6:57 am

Oh yum!! These are perfect!


13 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today October 17, 2012 at 3:02 am

perfect solution for people who want pizza for a breakfast :D


14 Elizabeth October 17, 2012 at 9:32 am

Well if this isn’t just the perfect little dinner! I love it.. and so perfect with a glass of red wine.
Your posts are delicious!


15 Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks November 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Cannot wait to make these! They look awesome!


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