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Upgrade Your Friday Night Pizza Nights With This Easy-To-Make Pizza Braid

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It's time to get creative for your next pizza night! This pizza braid is a fun and easy twist on a typical pizza recipe that you can whip up in less than 30 minutes with only 5 ingredients. No muss no fuss!

All you need to recreate this at home is a roll of pre-made pizza crust, marinara sauce, pepperoni slices, mozzarella cheese and a pinch of Italian seasoning. If you want to take this recipe to the next level, the pizza braid is really easy to customize with your favorite pizza toppings. Adding ham, sausage, onions, green peppers, mushrooms and black olives quickly transforms this basic pepperoni pizza braid into a deluxe...yum! Time to grab a slice for yourself!

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Here's how to make it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated pizza crust
  • 1/3 cup marinara pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (such as mozzarella and Cheddar)
  • Pepperoni slices
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp butter (optional)

Directions:

Heat oven to 350°F. If desired, line cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper.

Unroll 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated pizza crust onto paper-lined or directly on ungreased cookie sheet. Using fingers or rolling pin, press or roll dough to form 14x10-inch rectangle.

Spread 1/3 cup marinara sauce lengthwise down center of dough.

       

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Top with 1/2 cup shredded cheese and desired amount of pepperoni slices.

       

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With pizza cutter or knife, cut dough into strips on both sides of toppings.

       

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Fold 1 strip up over toppings; fold 1 strip from opposite side over first strip. Repeat to form a braided appearance.

Brush the finished braid with 2 tbsp melted butter and top with 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning.

       

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Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet to cutting board. Cut into slices; serve warm.

Enjoy!


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