Imagine slicing into a mouth-watering, hot pizza, surrounded by gooey melted cheese, tangy tomato sauce, and a crispy crust. Now imagine that same pizza being transformed into a beautiful braided bread, stuffed to the brim with your favorite toppings. That’s exactly what you’ll get with this Braided Stuffed Pizza Bread Recipe – a delicious twist on traditional pizza that will have your taste buds dancing.
The recipe is easy enough for even novice cooks to follow but versatile enough to satisfy any palate. Whether you prefer classic pepperoni and Canadian bacon or more exotic flavors like spinach and onion, this recipe can be customized to suit your preferences. The bread is perfect as a centerpiece for casual family meals or as the star of an impressive dinner party spread.
This recipe is not only easy but also cost-effective, using simple ingredients that are readily available at your local grocery store. Plus, with just a bit of creativity, you can easily tailor the recipe to suit any dietary requirement – from gluten-free pizzas to cheese-stuffed meat bread.
In this article, I’ll take you through each step of creating this Braided Stuffed Pizza Bread Recipe in great detail, sharing tips and tricks along the way to help you achieve perfect results every time. So come along with me on this culinary adventure and let’s turn a classic pizza into something truly special!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you tired of the same old pizza delivery? Do you want something with a little more pizzazz? Look no further than this Braided Stuffed Pizza Bread recipe. Trust me, once you try this pizza bread, you won’t want to go back to boring old pepperoni pizza.
Imagine biting into warm, fluffy bread that’s stuffed with all your favorite pizza toppings. It’s like a party in your mouth! The combination of Canadian bacon, sausage, spinach, onion, and two types of cheese (parmesan and mozzarella) will leave your taste buds begging for more. And if those toppings aren’t your cup of tea, don’t worry – this recipe is versatile enough for any of your favorite pizza ingredients.
But it’s not just the filling that makes this recipe so great. The braided look is impressive and adds an extra element of visual appeal to the dish. This is particularly useful if you’re looking for a dish to impress guests at dinner parties (or even just impress yourself).
Moreover, this recipe is incredibly easy to make. With only a few simple steps and ingredients that can easily be found in any grocery store, you’ll have an amazing homemade meal in no time. And once you’ve tried this recipe once, it will quickly become one of your go-to dishes.
So why not switch up your usual pizza night routine with this delicious stuffed pizza bread? Your taste buds will thank you.
Here are the ingredients you need to make this Braided Stuffed Pizza Bread recipe:
For The Dough:
- 1-pound pizza dough, refrigerated (or homemade)
- All-purpose flour or cornmeal for dusting
For The Filling:
- 3/4 cup pizza sauce
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 cup Canadian bacon or sausage, cooked and diced
- Optional fillings: spinach, onion, pesto, pepperoni, ground beef, or any of your favorite toppings
For The Topping (Optional):
- 2 tablespoons poppy seed
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, shredded
Note: If you’re looking for a gluten-free option, you can use gluten-free pizza dough instead of regular pizza dough.
The Recipe How-To
Step 1: Preheat the oven
Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Place a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and set aside.
Step 2: Unroll the pizza dough
Unroll refrigerated pizza dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Press out any air bubbles and cut the dough into a 14×11 inch rectangle.
Step 3: Spread the filling on the dough
Spread a layer of pizza sauce over the dough, leaving a border around the edges. Add your favorite pizza toppings such as cooked and crumbled sausage, sliced Canadian bacon, pepperoni, or vegetables. Top the filling with shredded mozzarella cheese and sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese, poppy seeds, and minced herbs on top.
Step 4: Form the bread braid
Starting from one of the longer edges of the rectangle, make parallel slits that are about 1 inch apart down the sides of the dough using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter. The slits should go towards the center of the rectangle without cutting through it. Remove excess dough at each corner.
Fold each end over slightly to form closure. Begin by bringing up one strip from each side of your rectangle forming an X at center. Lift up both ends of each strip twist gently and lay across filling diagonally. Tuck in any extra dough underneath or in-between strips so it doesn’t puff up.
Step 5: Brush with olive oil
Brush olive oil over top of braided pizza bread and sprinkle lightly with more Parmesan cheese.
Step 6: Bake in preheated oven
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown on top. Let it cool for at least 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Enjoy your delicious homemade braided stuffed pizza bread recipe!
Substitutions and Variations
Are you looking to put a twist on the traditional stuffed pizza bread recipe? Try some of these substitutions and variations to switch things up and add some excitement to your next meal.
If you’re not a fan of Canadian bacon, try swapping it out for your favorite pizza toppings. Pepperoni, sausage, or even veggies like spinach and onion can be used to create a unique flavor combination.
For those looking to make this recipe gluten-free, try using a gluten-free pizza dough or even puff pastry. Pillsbury Crescent Rolls are also an option for those looking for an easy and delicious bread substitute.
To add some extra flavor to the braided stuffed pizza bread, try incorporating some pesto into the recipe. Spread it on the dough before adding the fillings for a burst of fresh herb flavor.
For meat lovers, switch up the recipe by making a meat bread instead. Use ground beef as the filling instead of Canadian bacon and top with mozzarella cheese for a cheesy twist on a classic dish.
Feeling adventurous? Experiment with different types of cheese in the recipe. Swap out the mozzarella cheese for parmesan or sprinkle poppy seeds over the top of the stuffed pizza bread for added texture and crunch.
Whatever substitutions and variations you choose to make to this bread recipe, get creative with it! With endless possibilities, this braided stuffed pizza recipe is sure to become a family favorite in no time.
Serving and Pairing
Welcome to my favorite section – serving and pairing the delicious braided stuffed pizza bread recipe! I’m sure by now your stomach will be grumbling, and your mouth will be watering just picturing the golden brown, cheesy, crispy bread straight out of the oven.
The best way to enjoy this braided pizza bread recipe is to let it cool for a few minutes before slicing it into pieces. This will allow the flavors to meld together perfectly, so you don’t miss any of the mouthwatering flavors.
What pairs well with pizza? Absolutely anything, in my opinion! However, if you are looking for some inspiration on how to serve this braided stuffed pizza bread or what sides to add, then read on.
To enhance the flavors of this stuffed pizza bread, I recommend pairing it with a leafy green salad drizzled with a tangy vinaigrette dressing. The crisp freshness of the lettuce and veggies add a lovely contrast to the warm, melt-in-your-mouth cheesy bread.
If you’re looking for something heartier to pair with this stuffed pizza braid recipe, then why not Italian meatballs or a creamy garlic mushroom pasta? You can even slice up some fresh tomatoes and mozzarella balls as a side dish.
Alternatively, slice this braided pizza bread up into bite-sized pieces and serve it as an appetizer at your next get-together. Your guests will love indulging their taste buds in this delicious treat!
No matter how you choose to serve this braided stuffed pizza bread recipe, it’s sure to become one of your favorite go-to recipes. So go ahead and dig in!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Once you make this heavenly braided stuffed pizza bread, it’s hard to resist immediate consumption. However, if you plan to serve it later or have leftovers, here are some helpful tips for storing and reheating.
Make-Ahead: This braided stuffed pizza bread recipe can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to 24 hours before baking. Simply prepare the stuffed dough, cover it with plastic wrap, and chill it in the fridge. When ready to bake, take it out and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Storing: Store any leftover pizza braid in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. To maintain its flavor and texture, don’t slice the bread until ready to eat.
Reheating: If you have leftovers or pre-made braid that needs revamped out of refrigeration, reheating is easy! You may microwave a slice on high for 30 seconds to a minute or until heated through. However, if you want that lovely crispy crust back or you’re heating the whole braid all over again, use one of two methods…
To reheat the entire braided stuffed pizza bread in the oven:
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
2. Wrap the braid in aluminum foil.
3. Place wrapped braid into the preheated oven and bake it until heated through (approximately 10-15 minutes).
4. Let cool for five minutes before cutting or serving.
To crisp up a single slice with individual toppings:
1. Preheat your oven to 400°F.
2. Place slices directly onto a baking sheet and lightly brush olive oil on top.
3. Sprinkle some parmesan cheese and poppy seeds over each slice.
4. Bake slices in preheated oven for 5-10 minutes, until heated through and cheese is melted.
5. Serve hot!
With these make-ahead, storing, and reheating techniques you can enjoy this delicious braided stuffed pizza bread anytime without any fuss!
Tips for Perfect Results
Making a braided stuffed pizza bread may not be an easy task for many people. Therefore, here are some essential tips to ensure that you make the perfect braided pizza bread every time.
First of all, when it comes to preparing your baking sheet, always remember to line it with parchment paper or lightly spray it with cooking spray. This will ensure that your braided pizza bread doesn’t stick to the baking sheet and makes it easier to clean up.
Another tip for perfect results is rolling out the pizza dough thinly and evenly. It is best to use a rolling pin for this particular step. Too much dough can ruin the texture of the braided pizza bread and make it too thick.
When stuffing your braided pizza bread, try to mix up the ingredients inside so that you get a balanced bite each time. Layering your ingredients helps ensure that each slice has a perfect blend of meat, veggies, and cheese.
If you want to add an extra zing of flavor, brush the top of your braided stuffed pizza bread with olive oil or beaten egg whites before sprinkling on seasonings like poppy seeds or parmesan cheese.
To prevent overcooking or undercooking your braided stuffed pizza bread, always check frequently during cooking time. Keep an eye on both temperature and cooking duration while making sure that the crust is golden-brown before removing it from the oven.
Finally, let your braided pizza bread cool properly before serving it. Make sure not to slice it too soon as this will cause all the cheesy goodness inside to ooze out quickly. It’s best to wait at least 10 minutes for optimal results.
By following these simple tips and tricks, you’ll be on your way to making a deliciously perfect braided stuffed pizza bread recipe every time!
Well folks, I hope you are now motivated and inspired to start working on this mouth-watering Braided Stuffed Pizza Bread recipe. As a culinary explorer, I can honestly say that this pizza bread is a treat for your taste buds with its flavorsome pizza sauce, soft doughy texture, and delectable stuffing.
With the right ingredients and this recipe’s step-by-step instructions, you’re sure to succeed in making a deliciously braided stuffed pizza bread that will impress your friends, family, and whoever you share it with.
You know what? This pizza bread is so versatile; its filling options are endless. Whether you want a meat lovers’ pizza, pepperoni rolls, puff pastry or even gluten-free pizza alternatives – this recipe can be adapted to suit your unique preferences. So go ahead and unleash your creativity in the kitchen with this braided stuffed pizza bread.
Finally, don’t forget some essential tips for perfect results – Preheat oven 400 F, spray unroll dough sheet with cooking spray; spread garlic herb cheese on half of the rolled-out dough; put the toppings on top of the cheese-stuffed side; braid carefully; brush each braid thoroughly with egg wash sprinkle poppy seeds and more parmesan cheese all over before placing it in the oven.
Now it’s time to get baking! Trust me; once you’ve tried this dish, you’ll never be able to get enough of its cheesy goodness. So get ready for a gastronomic adventure that will leave everyone asking for seconds!
Braided Stuffed Pizza Bread Recipe
- 1 (13 7/8 ounce) can pillsbury refrigerated classic pizza dough
- 2 tablespoons boursin spreadable cheese with garlic and herbs
- 3 ounces thinly sliced Canadian bacon
- 10 slices pepperoni
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
- 2 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1 -2 teaspoon poppy seed
- pizza sauce, if desired
- Heat oven to 400°F Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. Unroll dough on cookie sheet, forming 14x11-inch rectangle.
- Spread garlic and herb cheese lengthwise down center 1/3 of rectangle to within 1/2 inch of short ends. Top with Canadian bacon, pepperoni, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
- With scissors or sharp knife, make cuts 1 inch apart on long sides of dough to within 1/2 inch of filling. Alternately cross strips over filling. Fold ends under to seal.
- In small bowl, mix egg yolk and water until well blended. Brush over dough; sprinkle with poppy seed.
- Bake 11 to 16 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into crosswise slices. Serve with pizza sauce.
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