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Kelsey Nixon's Tear-and-Share Warm Cheesy Bread Wreath with Marinara
Kelsey Nixon's Tear & Share Wreath Cheesy Bread
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My kids go crazy for this and my son loves to help me put it together. Some years we'll do a wreath and some years we'll make it into the shape of a tree. I haven't been able to track down a picture of our last year, but this is very similar. It's a showstopper and so fun! It uses simple grocery store ingredients so the kids can easily get involved as it comes together quickly.

Swap option: Swap fresh mozzarella with diced string cheese. Offer more dipping sauces in addition to the marinara like pesto or a creamy bechamel. You could also make this recipe with gluten-free pizza dough.


  • Tear and Share Wreath Warm Cheesy Bread and Marinara Recipe

    • 1 pound refrigerated pizza dough
    • 8 ounces bocconcini (small fresh mozzarella balls)
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
    • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
    • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
    • 1 tablespoon chopped basil
    • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
    • Marinara sauce, for serving


1. Portion pizza dough in half into two equal pieces. On a floured surface, stretch and roll each piece of dough into a long rectangle, followed by cutting the dough into 2-inch squares (aiming for around 30 pieces).

2. Wrap each square of dough around each mozzarella ball, forming a tight seal. Transfer balls seam-side down on lined baking sheet in the shape of a Christmas wreath or tree (sides should be touching).

3. Whisk egg with 1 tablespoon water and brush egg wash over dough balls.

4. Bake until golden, 18 to 20 minutes.

5. Combine melted butter, Parmesan and fresh herbs. Brush on baked pizza balls right after they come out of the oven. Serve warm with marinara sauce for dipping.

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