Caramelized Onion and Broccoli Pull-Apart Bread
A savory version of monkey bread is Caramelized Onion and Broccoli Pull-Apart Bread –  featuring sweet onions, broccoli and melted cheese  – perfect for game day or entertaining.

Caramelized Onion Broccoli Pull-Apart Bread @tspbasil

So, the question is…are you ready for some football?

To be completely honest, I probably won’t be watching much of the Super Bowl. (I know, how un-Amercian of me.)

Over the years, I’ve completely lost interest in any NFL game despite living in Philadelphia where the Eagles (or Iggles) are talked about year round. I get my football kicks in on Saturdays where you’ll find me cursing at the TV getting a little hyper if my Nittany Lions are playing.

But whether or not I’m watching the play by play, I’m all about the game day eats and I love seeing all the recipe ideas flying around the blog-o-sphere in preparation for the big game this Sunday.

And I’m throwing my munchie idea into the ring: Caramelized Onion & Broccoli Pull Apart Bread.

Caramelized Onion & Broccoli Pull-Apart Bread: A savory version of monkey bread featuring sweet onions, broccoli and melted cheese - perfect for game day or entertaining.

I originally thought about making monkey bread, as in making the dough, letting it rise, rolling each section into little balls, etc. But then I saw this shortcut recipe from PureWow, which is genius not to mention a huge timesaver.

Upgrade the veggie tray on game day with this Caramelized Onion Broccoli Pull-Apart Bread @tspbasil Click To Tweet

And being the dietitian, I had to make the veggies have a starring role along side the cheese. You could use so many different vegetables as the stuffing like sautéed spinach, artichokes, olives, mushrooms and/or sweet peppers. Pretty much any veggie that you love as a pizza topping could work here.

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Caramelized Onion & Broccoli Pull-Apart Bread

Caramelized Onion Broccoli Pull-Apart Bread @tspbasil

A savory version of monkey bread featuring sweet onions, broccoli and melted cheese – perfect for game day or entertaining!

  • Yield: 10 - 12 servings. 1x

Ingredients

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  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 sweet onions, sliced thinly
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme leaves
  • 6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed or shredded
  • 8 ounces frozen broccoli
  • Black pepper and/or red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1 medium loaf sourdough or mulitgrain bread

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook for 10 minutes stirring often. Lower to low heat and cook for an additional 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in fresh thyme and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. While onions are cooking, add broccoli to a pot and steam according to package directions. Drain broccoli and add to pan with onions (once they are done cooking.) Add cheese and the black pepper or red pepper flakes (depending on how peppery/hot you like your food) and mix well.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Slice the bread lengthwise about 3/4ths of the way (do not cut all the way through!) Turn and do the same width wise.
  6. One row at a time, gently pull apart bread and spoon onion/broccoli/cheese mixture into groves. Repeat until filling is evenly distributed throughout loaf.
  7. Brush top of loaf with remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and place on a foil lined tray. Bake in oven for about 15 – 18 minutes or until cheese is completely melted. Serve immediately.

To be honest, it was a bit messy to pull out the bread pieces with your fingers. Solution: serve with some forks and plates so guests can dig out the bread hunks of deliciousness (plus this is probably a better idea with winter sickness season in full swing anyway.)

Caramelized Onion & Broccoli Pull-Apart Bread: A savory version of monkey bread featuring sweet onions, broccoli and melted cheese - perfect for game day or entertaining.

So, have you ever made monkey bread? Are you making any snacks for this Sunday? If you want some more short cuts and healthier game day eats, check out Serena’s Top 5 Super Bowl Snack Hacks and Cooking Light’s 5 Super Bowl Food Makeovers.

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