The flavors of pizza in a delicious appetizer to share.
1 (16- to 18-ounce) round loaf Italian or sourdough bread
1/2 cup chopped pepperoni
3/4 cup cooked crumbled mild Italian sausage
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup sliced black olives
10 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend chopped
Pizza sauce, warmed
Heat oven to 350ºF. Place two (24-inch) pieces aluminum foil, crossing one over other, on flat surface.
Cut bread, using serrated knife, in grid pattern, spacing about 1 inch between rows. Do not cut through bottom crust. Set aside.
Combine all remaining ingredients in bowl; mix well.
Place loaf into center of aluminum foil pieces. Spoon cheese mixture into cut areas of bread. Wrap foil loosely around bread. Place onto ungreased baking sheet.
Bake 30 minutes. Pull back foil; continue baking 5-10 minutes or until loaf is golden brown and cheese is melted.
Serve immediately. Pull out individual bread pieces, using tongs or 2 forks and reaching down into loaf to include filling and bread. Serve with pizza sauce.
To make ahead, assemble bread with cheese mixture. Wrap in aluminum foil; refrigerate. Bake 35 minutes at 350ºF. Pull back foil; continue baking 5-10 minutes or until loaf is golden brown and cheese is melted.
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