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Pepperoni Pizza Braid

  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Servings 4

A beautifully braided pizza crust stuffed with pepperoni, pizza sauce and tons of ooey-gooey melted cheese. An easy dinner or quick game-day appetizer! ...MORE+ LESS-

Girl Versus Dough
March 7, 2017

Ingredients

1
can (13.8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated classic pizza crust
1/2
cup pizza sauce
2
cups shredded mozzarella and/or cheddar cheese, divided
2/3
cup pepperoni slices, divided, plus more for topping

Steps

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  • 1
    Gather your ingredients.
  • 2
    Heat oven to 425°F (400°F for a dark or nonstick baking sheet). Lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • 3
    Unroll pizza crust and press into a 10-by-13-inch rectangle on prepared baking sheet. Use kitchen scissors or a knife to cut 8 equal strips along each of the two longer edges, leaving a 3-inch space down the center of the dough rectangle.
  • 4
    Spoon pizza sauce along the center of the pizza 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 remaining 1/3 cup pepperonis.
  • 5
    Starting from one end, fold strips of dough over the filling to the center, so the ends overlap and it looks braided. Sprinkle top with remaining cheese and a few more slices of pepperoni.
  • 6
    Bake 20 minutes until crust is golden brown and baked through and cheese is melted and bubbly.

Expert Tips

  • For a vegetarian version, swap pepperoni for spinach, peppers, mushrooms and/or olives.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
510
Calories from Fat
200
% Daily Value
Total Fat
22g
34%
Saturated Fat
10g
50%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
55mg
18%
Sodium
1310mg
55%
Potassium
230mg
7%
Total Carbohydrate
53g
18%
Dietary Fiber
1g
6%
Sugars
8g
Protein
26g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
45%
45%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • Pump up your pepperoni pizza by folding it into this easy braided loaf! Four ingredients bring you this easy party-ready pizza braid. Or, it can be your lunch. We won't tell. I’ll admit that there have been way too many times I’ve “been there, done that” when it comes to dull, unsatisfying lunches. So it’s been a new mission of mine to make lunch more exciting, filling and overall, like a midday party in food form – because I like parties and I like food. That’s how this delightful braid of cheesy, pepperoni-y goodness came to be. With just four ingredients and a few simple steps, you’ll have a delicious twist on pizza that blows the lunchtime blues away and leaves your belly full and you, well, happier. (Psst – it makes an easy party appetize Say goodbye to boring and hello to pepperoni pizza braids forever and ever.

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