Pizza night is always a good time. Whether you order pizza for delivery, pop a frozen pizza in the oven or you make yours from scratch, pizza is fun, delicious and loved by everyone. Here’s a fun take on a Braided Pizza Pocket to try for your next Family Pizza Night.
Everyone in my house wants something different on their pizza, so from time to time, we make our own. My daughter ALWAYS wants pineapple on her pizza. My son, he wants MEAT. I like just cheese and my husband will eat anything on his. So, sometimes I can get away with buying pizza to be delivered but mostly, we make ours.
I decided to try something a little different for our last pizza night. I bought a couple cans of pre-made pizza dough. It’s the easiest thing to use. Our local grocery store also makes the dough that we can buy. It’s really good. And, they have a couple choices including whole wheat dough.
I use wax paper so the dough doesn’t stick. Because if you’re anything like me, you’ll put the dough on the unwaxed side. Always use cooking spray. You’ll be happy that you did.
I set out all our different toppings and roll out the dough (each person gets half a can). By using the pan to assemble the pizza, I don’t have to transfer it from a board to the pan. It saves a step.
Brush your dough with melted butter, sprinkle parmesan cheese (and herbs if you like) on the crust before you spread out the marinara sauce. Buying pre-made ingredients will save you time and it makes making pizza for your family much easier. However, if you like to make your own sauce and dough, feel free. I would do it in advance so the process is smoother.
I let my kids (and husband) make their own pizza at this point. I really love watching the joy on their faces when it all comes together. Some of the toppings I set out for them was ham cubes, crumbled breakfast sausage, pepperoni, pineapple, several cheeses, and jar marinara.
Braiding the pizza into a pocket makes eating it so much easier and fun. The Braided Pizza Pocket looks different and it holds all the ingredients together. To braid the pocket, I cut 8-10 strips in the dough on each side. I then alternate the strips on top of the pizza filling.
When it’s completed, I brush the top with butter, sprinkle with Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 25 minutes at 400 degrees. The tops will be golden brown.
Enjoy your creations, whether it’s round, square, pockets or braided. The fun is watching your family enjoying cooking and spending time together.
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