Does your family love pizza? Then you definitely have to give this recipe a go. SOOOO easy, it’s unbelievable and it’s so impressive looking, your family will be begging for them time and again. But that’s good! (see point #1 – They’re easy!!)
Just don’t make the same mistake I did and only make one. For a family of 4, you will need at least 2. Another great point? They are fantastic for lunches. I love double duty meals. And because they look so impressive, the family will actually be asking for leftovers in their lunch. Not to mention, these would be fantastic appetizers at a party. YUM!
So this recipe is pretty simple with only pepperoni, but don’t be afraid to break outside the box here and add some of your other favourite pizza toppings on the inside of this Pizza Braid. I really have to hand it to Pillbury for making a ready made pizza crust. The frugal side of me winced a bit (homemade pizza dough is a fraction of the price – of course). In a pinch, the ready made dough was a fantastic alternative. The entire cost for this meal was under $6, which is still pretty good for a “treat” meal.
Pepperoni Pizza Braid
- 1 can Pillsbury™ refrigerated classic pizza crust
- 1/4 cup pizza sauce
- 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup pepperoni slices
- 1 tsp dried oregano
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Take the pizza crust out of packaging and straighten it out into a rectangle. No rolling pin required!
Cut the dough into strips along the long edges, just don't cut all the way through. Leave about a 3-4" centre. This is where you will place all your pizza goodness.
Spread your pizza sauce along this centre. Add more or less as you desire, just keep in mind if you put too much, it may get messy.
Layer the toppings on your pizza sauce, reserving some pepperonis for the top of the braid.
Starting from one end, fold strips of dough over the filling to the center, so the ends overlap and it looks braided. Place the remaining pepperoni on top of the braid and sprinkle with the oregano.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the crust is golden brown. Allow the pizza to cool for 5 minutes before cutting then serve. Enjoy!