Ever wish your pizza was wrapped up in an easy to devour package?
Sure, we could just make a simple calzone, but that doesn’t turn any heads. Take an extra 2 minutes and add a bit of flair to your next potluck submission. I’m sure Alicia found this idea somewhere in the Pinterest world, and true to her nature, the first thing she wanted to do with the braid idea was to stuff it with massive amounts of cheese and buffalo chicken… who am I to deny her wishes?
Making dough is easy, but there is no point where I live. We have access to the best pizza dough from a somewhat local bakery for next to nothing (98 cents). It’s hard to spend the time mixing, kneading, and rising just to save myself ~40 cents.
Once the dough was nice and spread (rectangular shape), I piled layers of pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and chopped buffalo chicken directly in the center of the dough. I was almost concerned that I wouldn’t be able to close this beast after I was done loading it up… but, the dough stretched almost perfectly.
To get the braid pattern you just slice inch-long strips into the sides that stop right about where the filling is. I folded the bottom and top in and then started to crisscross the strips, overlapping like shoelaces.
Not the most attractive creation during construction. It kind of reminds me of Predator or some other alien movie creature.
After a 20 minute bake, you’re left with very little escaping cheese (surprisingly). You want to make sure that the outside is nice and hard. If you pull it out to soon the dough in the thicker portions will be under cooked.
You can either toss it in the fridge and reheat it when you need to or grab a knife and start slicing and eating… or if you’re alone just grab it and go to town like a giant sub (I won’t judge you).