Awesome Italian Braided Pizza

Andy Anderson !

By
@ThePretentiousWichitaChef

Over the years, I’ve used this type of braiding technique for savory and for sweet recipes, so I thought I would give it a try for a braided pizza… I wasn’t disappointed, and neither were my houseguests.

This similar to one that we used at a restaurant I worked at in Naples, Italy. It was mostly for the American tourists, who expected their “authentic” Italian pizza to be made just like they had it in America. LOL

I made three of these, for our movie night and I had just enough time to photograph them before they were gone.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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Serves:
6
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
25 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

PLAN/PURCHASE

1 large
pizza crust, homemade or store bought
1/4 c
pizza sauce, homemade or store bought
1/2 lb
italian sausage, mild or hot, your choice
12 slice
pepperoni, or more
6 slice
ham, thinly sliced
1 1/2 c
cheese, your choice

Step-By-Step

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1PREP/PREPARE

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2Gather and prep your ingredients.

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3Add the Italian sausage to a skillet, over medium heat.

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4Cook until browned, about 10 to 12 minutes.

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5Remove from skillet and thoroughly drain on paper towels.

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6Chef’s Note: Make sure that the sausage is completely drained.

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7Chef’s Tip: To remove as much grease from the pepperoni as possible, I place them on a paper towel and put them in the microwave for about 30 seconds. The paper towel will absorb most of the oil.

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8Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 350f (175c)

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9Add a piece of parchment paper to a large baking sheet, and lightly dust with some flour.

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10Roll out your pizza-crust dough to a 10 by 15 inch (25 by 40cm) rectangle.

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11Chef’s Note: I use my own homemade pizza crust, but choose your favorite dough and go for it.

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12Cut slices into the pizza crust about 1 inch thick by three inches deep.

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13Lay the ham on the bottom of the pizza crust.

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14Add the Italian sausage.

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15Add the pizza sauce in a layer on top of the sausage.

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16Add some pepperoni.

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17Add a layer of cheese.

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18Braid the dish by placing one of the cut pieces over and on top of the other.

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19This is what the completed braided pizza should look like.

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20Brush the top of the braid with some oil, and sprinkle on a few herbs of your choice.

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21Add some cheese and pepperoni to the top of the braid.

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22Place the braided pizza into the preheated oven.

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23Allow to bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

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24Plate/Present

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25Cut into thick slices and serve while still nice and warm. Enjoy.

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26Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Meat Appetizers, Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Soy Free