Cheesy Pizza Dough Tree

 This is a gateway food to things too decadent and heathenous to talk about on a mere suburban cooking blog. Eating the cheesy pizza tree should be considered engaging in risky behavior.

1 lb pizza dough, homemade preferably or store-bought
mozzarella cheese cut into 32 little 1″ cubes (or cheese sticks cut into cubes)
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan
1 T chopped parsley
1 egg whisked with 1 T water

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 450ยบ. Divide the dough into 32 pieces; wrap each piece around a cube of mozzarella and form into a tightly sealed ball. Place the balls seam side down in the shape of a x-mas tree or just a circle. Brush egg wash on and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Brush the melted butter on the rolls as soon as they come out of the oven and sprinkle with the parmesan cheese and parsley. You can serve this with warm marinara on the side.

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