We love the sweet, pull-apart breakfast treat known as Monkey Bread, so—inspired by a suggestion from our Home Cooking community board—we devised this savory version with mozzarella and a hint of fresh chiles. The recipe calls for store-bought pizza dough, so apart from letting the dough rise for an hour and assembling everything, it comes together pretty quickly. Serve the monkey bread warm, with marinara sauce for dipping.

What to buy: Premade pizza dough is available bagged in 14- or 16-ounce portions at well-stocked groceries. If you’d like to make your own, you’ll need two-thirds of our Basic Pizza Dough recipe.

This recipe was featured as part of our Beyond Pepperoni: 6 Amazing Pizza-Dough Transformations project.

  • Yield: 1 bowl of monkey bread
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: 50 mins, plus 1 hr rising time

Ingredients (5)

  • Store-bought pizza dough
  • Oil or cooking spray
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced thinly
  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Marinara sauce, for dipping


  1. Cut a ball of store-bought pizza dough into 9 pieces and form each piece into a ball.
  2. Set the dough balls aside to rest and puff, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Oil a tapered ovenproof bowl and arrange 3 dough balls in the bottom.
  5. Place a thin slice of jalapeño on each and cover the layer of dough balls with a handful of shredded mozzarella.
  6. Repeat 2 times with the remaining dough balls.
  7. Bake until risen, brown, and bubbly, about 40 minutes.
  8. Serve with marinara sauce.

Photos by Chris Rochelle