Easy and Cheesy

Happy September! Anyone else confused how it got here so quickly?

There have been many changes in my life recently. I finally took a vacation to Michigan to visit my best friend (more foodie fun to come from that) and I started a new job. I won’t go into much detail in this post but stay tuned for more!


Looking for an easy crowd pleaser?

Look no further.

The Pizza Braid is one of the easiest and quite delicious recipes out there. Considering it’s basically pizza, it is hard to find someone who doesn’t want to try this.

I got this recipe off of Tablespoon, a website with a ton of great recipes, a few months ago. It looked so easy, it was hard not to try it out myself.

Ingredients:

1 roll of pizza dough – I used Pillsbury’s dough sheet so it was a little flakier

1/2 cup of pizza sauce or marinara

2 cups of mozzarella or whatever cheese you please – I used pesto gouda from Trader Joe’s

2/3 cup of pepperonis plus more for topping

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Directions:

Heat your oven to 425 degrees. Lay the dough flat on a greased baking sheet. Use a knife or kitchen scissors to cut 8 equal strips along the longer edges. Make sure to leave a 3 or 4 inch space down the middle for your filling. Spoon pizza sauce onto the dough. Sprinkle some cheese, add some pepperonis. Top with some more cheese and pepperonis. Once your finished, start on one end and fold the dough over the filling so it overlaps and looks braided. Top with some cheese and pepperonis. Bake for 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melty.

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Because I used the dough sheet and not straight pizza dough, my braid looks a little different than what yours would look like if you made this yourself. If you opt to use the dough sheet – it is a little cheaper, be aware it cooks faster than the pizza dough. Hence my very golden brown example.

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Just the same, this cheesy masterpiece is very reminiscent of a stromboli. It’s full of cheese and whatever delicious toppings you chose. Whether you use the pizza dough or dough sheet, flaky or not, you have a little pocket of goodness in your hands.

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Anywho, another awesome thing is that you can get creative with this. It is a blank canvas. You could try buffalo chicken, cheeseburger or pesto chicken. Maybe even make it a little sweet.

The possibilities are endless.

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