Thursday, June 10, 2010

Pizza Braid

Let me introduce you to the Pizza Braid, lifesaver to busy moms everywhere! I love having these in my freezer. It's like pizza and garlic breadsticks all-in-one just waiting to be devoured. I took a million pictures, so follow along!

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Note: For this batch I used Rhodes frozen bread dough in the freezer at Walmart. Ironically it was cheaper to buy 2 little bags with 3 loaves, then one large bag with 5 loaves. I let the dough thaw, then rolled it out and made the braid. My husband loves my homemade Best Ever Bread Dough and thinks it tastes better, but I used Rhodes to save time. Obviously the homemade tastes better, but Rhodes it a great option. The recipe below is for 6 pizza braids.

6 Rhodes loaves
9 cups cheese
1 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce
6 Tbsp. butter
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1/8 tsp. garlic salt

Your choice toppings
I used 1 diced green pepper,1 can olives, sliced and 12 slices ham, diced

Roll out dough into a large rectangle. In the center layer sauce, cheese and your favorite pizza toppings.

Use a pizza cutter to cut each side into strips. Make sure you have an even number on each side.

Stretch out the strips one by one and cross with the opposite side.

Just like braiding, get it? (It's actually kind of fun, hehe)

Your braid should look like this, all wrapped up.

Melt butter. Stir in Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and garlic salt. Spread over the top of the pizza braid, this is like your "breadstick" portion. (I always scoot my braid on to foil at this point)

Fold carefully and pinch the ends. Label and date. My dollar store sells extra wide aluminum foil, which is super handy for these. Place in your freezer, careful not to smash them. Use within 3 months.

To Bake:
You need to thaw the pizza braid prior to baking. The night before you want to serve for dinner take out your pizza braid, place it on a cookie sheet and unwrap the foil. Cover the cookie sheet with plastic wrap and place in the fridge.
2 hours before you want to bake it, remove from the fridge and let sit on the counter in room temp to rise.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove plastic wrap and bake for 25-30 minutes. I like to leave the foil on the cookie sheet so there's no cleanup.

Serve with a salad or sliced fruit and you're good to go! And don't forget to serve with marinara dipping sauce. After we started eating I had to jump up and get the dipping sauce. I like to rip off the top part and dip them, then eat the bottom part just like pizza. Yummy!

Also, I want to recommend using a thicker tomato sauce. The "traditional" Ragu and others are so thin and runny that they just disappear into the dough and make it soggy on the bottom. I would recommend one of Ragu's "robust" varieties, or make your own with canned diced tomatoes.

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EHC said...

I LOVE meals I can have ready to go in the freezer, especially when my baby is going bonkers from about 4:30-6:00pm. You're the best for sharing these recipes!

Real Housewife in MN said...

Looks awesome! Stopping over from New Friend Friday. I've got lots of recipes to try now!

Foodie Mama said...

This looks great! It makes homemade pizza night look so much more special! said...

That is so cool!

Cook Clean Craft said...

I'm definitely going to stick a few of these in our freezer before bub comes along. They look so yummy! Thanks!

Jessica said...

Looks yummy and is on my list to try! QUestion though, if I use your best ever bread recipe, do I need to make 6 batches or does one batch make multiple loaves? thanks!

Camille said...

The Best Ever Bread Dough will make 3 loaves, so if you plan on making 6 to freeze, just double the batch. Yum!

Wendymo said...

I tried to make this tonight and I believe I did something wrong. I used the frozen bread dough and let it thaw. When I tried to roll it out into a rectangle it kept shrinking back down to a smaller size. Is there a secret to keeping it stretched out into a rectangle... I feel goofy even asking this but I have never used this dough before so I'm a little intimidated :) Thanks.

Jessica said...

@ Wendymo- I also tried that same night and had the same problem! Help!

Camille @ Camille's Casa said...

Wendymo & Jessica- sorry you two had troubles! I get irritated w/ the rhodes dough too, it's not just you. It was so sticky, so I floured the counter and rolling pin and it just seemed to make it harder to roll out. I recommend using corn meal instead of flour if it's too sticky. I did a lot of stretching the dough with my hands, especially when I crisscrossed the pieces over.
My local grocery store (winco) sells fresh pizza dough in a bag, I prefer this to the frozen stuff. Remember you can always make your own dough too! Hope this helps!


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