Pizza night at my house is our favorite night. In fact, we’d rather make our own pizza than order it. It tastes so fresh and the amount of grease on purchased pizza makes me feel nauseous just looking at it. So almost always, I make homemade pizza. Every once in a while though, I like to put a fun twist on it by braiding the sauce inside the pizza dough instead of just leaving it on top.
This is a recipe that my mother-in-law had. She received it from a recipe exchange years and years ago and its still in the regular dinner rotation, so we know this is a tried and true recipe!
1 package yeast
1 c. warm water
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 TBSP. vegetable oil
2 1/2 c. flour
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add remaining ingredients, knead until smooth and set aside.
1 lb cooked hamburger
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/2 t. salt
1 t. oregano
1 6 oz can tomato sauce
1 c. shredded cheese
Plus any of of your favorite pizza toppings. (I added in Pepperoni, red peppers)
Combine all ingredients for the sauce in a bowl and stir it up. Simple!
Going back to the dough, roll it out into a rectangle. About 14 inches x 11 inches. Mine always comes out a little bit bigger. (If your dough shrinks back as your rolling and seems pretty elastic, let it rest a few minutes. It should roll out much easier once it has rested.)
Next, cut slits on both sides of the dough, about once inch apart and three inches long.
Spread the sauce and toppings down the center of your dough.
Once all your toppings are on, fold over the cut dough alternating sides and crossing in the center, to make a braided look. Transfer to a lightly greased cookie sheet, or line with parchment paper.
Bake at 425 for 20 minutes or until the dough is golden brown.
The great thing about this is, if you have a favorite sauce you can use that. You can put just about anything you want in the center to make a personalized pizza all wrapped up. When you are ready to eat, cut the loaf as you would a loaf of bread and enjoy!