Cheesy Olive and Herb Flower Pot Monkey Bread

Thanks to dried herbs (such as oregano), chopped green olives, and cheese, this savory monkey bread tastes just like pizza. We love the spicy kick from red pepper flakes, and a drizzle of olive oil as it comes out of the oven makes it utterly addictive. Rolling each dough ball in garlic butter and then the cheesy, herby, olive-y mixture ensures that every bite—even at the bottom of the pot—is just as flavorful as the one beside it. To prevent the dough from over-proofing (and puffing up too much in the oven), take it out of the refrigerator while you prep the other ingredients, but no sooner—about 15 minutes before you begin to work with it.

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Thanks to dried herbs (such as oregano), chopped green olives, and cheese, this savory monkey bread tastes just like pizza. We love the spicy kick from red pepper flakes, and a drizzle of olive oil as it comes out of the oven makes it utterly addictive. Rolling each dough ball in garlic butter and then the cheesy, herby, olive-y mixture ensures that every bite—even at the bottom of the pot—is just as flavorful as the one beside it. To prevent the dough from over-proofing (and puffing up too much in the oven), take it out of the refrigerator while you prep the other ingredients, but no sooner—about 15 minutes before you begin to work with it.

Ingredients

  1. Check 1 5” terra cotta pot, washed and dried
  2. Check 2 ounces (¾ cup) finely grated Parmesan cheese
  3. Check ¾ cup finely chopped green olives
  4. Check 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  5. Check teaspoons dried herbs (such as thyme, basil, oregano, or rosemary)
  6. Check ¾ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  7. Check ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  8. Check ½ teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  9. Check 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  10. Check 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  11. Check pounds fresh pizza dough, cut into 30 1-inch pieces and rolled into balls
  12. Check Olive oil and flaky salt, for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut out a 3-inch circle of parchment, place in the bottom of the pot, and coat with nonstick cooking spray. Cut two 8x4” rectangular strips, coat with nonstick cooking spray, and line the sides of the pot (they will overlap slightly). Place the pot on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  2. Combine the Parmesan, olives, parsley, dried herbs, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
  3. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring often, until the garlic is lightly golden brown and fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes. Pour into a medium bowl; let cool slightly.
  4. Dip balls in garlic butter, then transfer to cheese and olive mixture, tossing to coat. Transfer to the prepared terra cotta pot.
  5. Loosely tent the pot with foil. Bake until puffed, about 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until the top is deeply golden brown, 45-50 minutes. Drizzle with olive oil and top with flaky salt.

Loaf pan instructions: Line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Continue as directed, checking for doneness after 35 minutes uncovered.