Sunday, April 19, 2015
Pepperoni Pizza Braid
1/2 cup pizza sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella and/or cheddar cheese, divided
2/3 cup pepperoni slices, divided, plus more for topping
Unroll pizza crust & press into a 10x13" rectangle on top of a baking sheet. Use kitchen scissors or a knife to cut 8 equal strips along each of the two longer edges, leaving a 3" space down the center of the dough rectangle. Spoon pizza sauce along the center of the dough, then sprinkle with 3/4 cup of the shredded cheese. Top with 1/3 cup of pepperoni slices, then sprinkle with another 3/4 cup shredded cheese and the remaining 1/3 cup pepperoni.
Starting from one end, fold strips of dough over the filling to the center, so the ends overlap and it looks braided. Flash freeze, then bag in a ziploc bag. If desired, add a separate small bag of pepperoni & cheese to sprinkle on top when baking.
Thaw overnight, bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees on a lightly greased baking sheet (400 degrees for a dark or nonstick baking sheet). Remove from oven & sprinkle additional cheese & pepperoni on top. Bake 5 more minutes until crust is golden brown & baked through, and cheese is melted and bubbly.
Or, from frozen, bake about 35 minutes, sprinkle pepperoni & cheese on top, and bake 5 additional minutes.
Adapted from a recipe found here