Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Braided Pizza

I don't think it is any secret that I am a pizza freak.  I love it!  Can't get enough of it!  So many endless and delicious variations on an easy to make theme.  Well, I have discovered a fun new variation:  The Braided Pizza. 

I don't recall when I first saw this idea, but the moment I did I knew it had to be added to my pizza-making repertoire.

I used my regular pizza crust recipe and regular pizza toppings.  The major difference is that you pile all that yummy goodness on to the center third of the rolled out crust. 
Then, using a pizza cutter, cut into the crust from the edge until you near the pile of toppings at the center.  To get evenly spaced slices try this:  cut the dough in half at the center, cut each of those sections in half, and then then each of those section in half again.  You should end up with eight nice and even pieces of dough to braid over the top.

Starting on one end, alternate folding strips of dough over from each side making a braided top.
Pinch the ends.
I was worried the sauce would start seeping out and make a big mess in the oven, but it didn't...thank goodness.  That would have made the meal a whole lot less satisfying.
Bake for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees F.
Slice and eat! 
The cross section view.
The best part was we had enough toppings and pizza dough to make a slightly smaller version to pop in the freezer for a rainy, I'm-too-lazy-to-cook type day.  Awesome. 

7 comments:

  1. AH ... a Calzone Cousin! I love making Calzones. I may have to give your "recipe" a try. Looks very pretty!

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  2. Matt insisted on calling it a calzone because they are similar and it is a shorter name. I'll have to tell him he wasn't the only one to see the similarity! ("Calzone cousin" made me smile!)

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  3. That looks delicious! I am eating cabbage and want pizza now. That looks like a mummy. You could serve it for Halloween. Do a little artistry on the head, the part nearer the camera. If I do this, I will have to reread the wrapping part.

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    1. I'm going to try and remember than come next October. There's no guarantee I will remember of course, but it sure sounds funny and I think I'd enjoy it. Food as art...and decorations.

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  4. Oh I am so going to make this!! yummmmy!

    Jennifer

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  5. This looks simply amazing! This is going on my "must try" list immediately!!!

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  6. It was phenomenal and I love a new recipe that doesn't require any new, or hard to find ingredients or tools. I hope you both enjoy!

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