So today is the last day in the 12 Days of Super Bowl Snacks. There is a good variety of appetizers in these 12 days. For the final day I wanted to try something unique. Monkey bread is a popular recipe that has been around for years. If you have never had monkey bread before, it is quite simple to make. You take homemade dough, or go the store bought route and get a couple tubes of Pillsbury country biscuits. Cut the biscuits in halves or quarters, roll them in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon and throw them in a bundt pan. Bake it and you have some sweet baked goodness! Today’s recipe takes the monkey bread concept and turns it into a savoury gameday food.
Many years ago, my family drove to Detroit to see a New Orleans Jazz Festival. This was likely during early university days for me, so I am thinking 1992 or 1993. I play the saxophone and love any opportunity to hear some live jazz. My dad is the same and he loves anything New Orleans. The music was great and the atmosphere was a lot of fun. One thing about the day that I still remember was this crawfish bread that I bought. It was a hand sized bread, like a large empanada. It was stuffed with crawfish and gooey cheese. It was incredible and I still think about it! How pathetic is that??? So, I thought it would be amazing if I could take what I remember about the crawfish bread from Jazzfest and merge it into monkey bread.
I wanted to find crawfish for this dish, but crawfish is difficult to find up here in Toronto. My kids go hunting for live ones every summer by our cottage, but they don’t grow very big up here in Canada. So, I went to a local fish and seafood market that sells bricks of frozen crawfish meat occasionally. They, unfortunately, did not have any in stock. What they did have though, was something I have never cooked before. I bought a brick of langostino meat. Langostino is a crustacean caught off the coast of Chile. They look similar in size to crawfish. I thought that this could work perfectly for this savoury monkey bread.
I sauteed the langostino meat with butter, minced onion and pepper. Each little ball of dough is stuffed with some of the langostino mixture and mozzarella cheese. They are then brushed with melted garlic butter and placed in the bundt pan. The stuffed monkey bread baked perfectly and it tasted delicious. In the end, it wasn’t crawfish, but it was awesome. I imagine these little monkey bread bites could be stuffed many types of seafood: crawfish, shrimp, langostino, lobster, crab.
I used langostino, but almost any seafood could work. Make sure they are small enough pieces so you can seal the edges of the dough. Do not overstuff it with filling.
Make sure you brush the bundt pan and each ball of dough with melted butter. That way they can pull apart easily after they are baked.
Bake it in a 400F oven for 30-35 minutes. The top will be nice and brown. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes before flipping it and removing it from the bundt pan.
It is delicious on its own but is also great with a marinara dip or hot sauce!
- 2 tubes of Pillsbury country biscuits
- 1 pound of seafood meat (langostino, crawfish, shirmp, crab)
- 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup minced onion
- ¼ cup minced red pepper
- ¼ cup minced green pepper
- salt and peper
- 6 tbsp butter
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- Melt 2 tbsp of butter in a frypan. Add the onions, peppers salt and pepper, cooking until translucent. Add the seafood meat (crawfish, langostino, shrimp, crab, lobster) and cook for a couple more minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.
- In a pan melt the remaining butter with the minced garlic. Cook on medium heat for a few minutes. Do not let the garlic burn. Remove from the heat. Brush the bundt pan with some of the garlic butter.
- Cut each of the pillsbury biscuit dough rounds in half. Flatten and stretch to make a circle. Add about a teaspoon of the seafood filling and a little bit of grated cheese. Fold the edges over and pinch to seal. Form it into a ball and brush with garlic butter. Keep filling the bundt pan with the balls of dough.
- Bake in a 400F oven for 30-35 minutes. The top of the monkey bread should be a golden brown. Remove from the heat and let rest for 10-15 minutes.
- Flip the bundt pan onto a serving plate. Serve the monkey bread hot.