Friday, February 3, 2012

Pizza Pretzels

My family LOVES pizza =)  I think we could eat it several times a week and be good with it.  So I am always trying to find new ways to make it.  I found this idea on Pinterest and had to give it a whirl.  Needless to say, it was a big hit.  I need to make these again, and this time triple the batch so that I can have some leftovers =)

Pizza Dough:
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 package quick-rising yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2-2/3 cup hot water (120-130°F)
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
Italian Seasonings, optional (I used about 1 tablespooon)

Combine flour, yeast, salt, seasonings and sugar in the bowl. Combine hot water and oil in a measuring cup. Gradually pour in enough of the hot liquid until the mixture forms a sticky ball. If you are one of those lucky people with a Kitchen Aide, use that.  I used my bread machine and just put the setting on "dough" to knead the it. The dough should be quite soft. If it seems dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons warm water; if too sticky, add 1 to 2 tablespoons flour. Continue mixing until the dough forms a ball, then knead for 1 minute.
Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl.  Spray the top of the dough with cooking spray, cover and let the dough rest for 10 to 20 minutes.

shredded mozzarella cheese 
shredded parmesan cheese
 pepperoni slices
chopped mushrooms
chopped olives
whatever your family likes =)

1 egg slightly beaten
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Preheat oven to 400ºF. 

Cut the prepared pizza dough into 4 equal pieces and roll each out into a rectangle.
(I doubled the recipe so I could freeze some for later....but there weren't any left to freeze after my family devoured them)

 Scatter the cheese and toppings over the dough. Brush the one of the long sides with a little egg wash then, starting with the opposite side, roll the dough up into a log, enclosing the toppings inside. Shape the log into a pretzel and transfer to a baking sheet.

Brush the top of the pizza pretzel with olive oil and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning. 

Bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.

So they didn't exactly look like pretzels but they were still great =)  The good thing with these is you can put whatever toppings you like in them.  Have the kids help do their own.  And everyone can choose their own dipping sauces: ranch, marinara, garlic butter, or plain.  Whatever you want, you can do.

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