Sunday, February 12, 2012

Pizza Twists





We love homemade pizzas and this is a delicious
variation!

I found this recipe some years ago and I still use the dough recipe from this to make regular pizzas as well.  Sometimes I make 4 twists with half the dough and then freeze the rest of the dough for a regular pizza to be made at a later date.

Pizza Twists

A delicious twisted meat roll!  Substitute roasted veggies for a vegetarian version.

Dough:
1 ½ Cups warm water
1 tsp. yeast – I used a rounded tsp.
2 Tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. salt
1/3 Cup olive oil
4 Cups Flour – approx.
In large bowl combine water, yeast, sugar and salt – let sit for 5 minutes.  Stir in the oil then a cup of flour at a time – continue adding flour, stirring with heavy spoon (or use Kitchen Aide with dough hook).  Knead in more flour as needed to get a smooth elastic dough.  Let dough rise in a greased bowl until doubled (approx. 1 hr.).  Punch dough down, knead a bit and divide in half.  Roll half the dough on floured surface, into a 9 X 12 rectangle.  Cut into 4 sections (from the 12 in. side).
Filling (can be varied according to your preferences):
8 oz. Ricotta Cheese – don’t substitute the Ricotta – it’s really good!
6 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
8 oz. sausage, cooked, crumbled – I don’t always use this but it IS good when you do!
4 oz. sliced pepperoni
I also like to add some chopped onion, chopped green or red pepper and chopped mushrooms to the filling.
Using filling in order listed above – layer on down the center of dough strips – don’t overfill.
Twist half the strip from one end and then the other half from the other end – then push together for a nice twisted roll.  This takes a bit of practice but it doesn't have to look pretty!  Repeat with other strips, placing them on a parchment lined bake sheet.  Repeat with other half of dough – making 8 twisted rolls. 
Brush tops of rolls with Olive Oil, sprinkle with coarse salt, Italian herbs, crushed red pepper.  Let rolls rise again for 20-30 minutes.  Bake at 375 for approx. 20-25 min. till nicely browned.  Serve with a favourite dipping sauce (i.e. marinara, pizza, or even ranch).  THESE ARE SO WORTH THE EFFORT!!







Till next time.......enjoy a twist!


5 comments:

  1. Yum! Shared! Love Becky

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  2. Those look so good! Great pizza variation.

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  3. Fun idea...for a variation on homemade pizza. I'm trying this...sometime soon.

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  4. i've just decided i'm going to make these on patrick's next days off! mmm!
    xoB

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