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French Onion Monkey Bread with Ricotta Spinach Dip

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French Onion Monkey Bread with Ricotta Spinach Dip

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Categories: Side Dish , Appetizers , Breads , Snacks

Tags: French Onion , Bread , Pull Apart , appetizers , Party Food

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French Onion Monkey Bread with Ricotta Spinach Dip

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 15-30 minutes

Makes 1 monkey bread ring

For the Bread:

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  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ~ 2 cups water, 110 F
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 package active dry yeast

For the Onion Topping:

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  • 1 white onion, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup parmesan

For Ricotta Spinach Dip:

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  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup Tostito's spinach dip, heated
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

Here's How:

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  1. Start with the bread ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk together the warm water, sugar and yeast. Rest for ten minutes or until the yeast is frothy.
  2. In a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, stir together the flour and salt. Stir in the vegetable oil to form a crumbly meal then stir in the egg until the flour is clumpy.
  3. Slowly stir in the water/yeast mixture. Continue to beat on low until a thick dough forms and the bowl is no longer dry. Over with a towel and place in a warm humid place until the dough has doubled in size.
  4. Meanwhile, make the French onion topping. In a small skillet over medium high heat, saute the onion until golden brown - about 30 minutes. Add the beef broth and let simmer for another 30 minutes, until the liquid is reduced by half. Stir in the thyme. Set aside to cool.
  5. When the dough is doubled in size, punch it down. On a clean surface dusted with flour, knead the dough for 3-5 minutes, until smooth on the outside. Use a dough cutter to cut the dough into 30-40 individual pieces.
  6. Grease a springform pan, round cake pan or bundt pan. If using a springform or round cake pan, place a 4 inch ramekin in the center to create a ring. Grease the ramekin around the sides, if using. Let the dough rise for another 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Arrange the dough pieces into the pan in a random, overlapping pattern. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella between layers. Pour the onion mixture over the top and use a spatula to spread it evenly across the top.
  8. Bake the bread for 20-30 minutes, until the bread is golden brown and cooked through in the center. It will start to pull away from the sides when it is finished.
  9. While the bread cooks, stir together the warm spinach dip, ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese. Chill until ready to serve.
  10. Remove the bread from the pan. Sprinkle shredded parmesan and fresh parsley over the top of the bread. Fill a ramekin with the dip and place in the center of the bread ring. Serve warm and enjoy!

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