My boys love pizza and would eat it for every single meal if I let them. That is most definitely their favorite fare. I used to be a much bigger fan, but it's just not what I prefer these days...unless it's from Grimaldi's or Urban Crust (delish!) I love making homemade pizzas...especially Taco Pizza...but that recipe is still a little too far out for the boys.
This twist on a traditional pizza caught my eye when I was scrolling through Facebook one day. I think my favorite food page to follow is Tasty. You know, all those delicious videos of foods you can only eat in moderation...the foods that make you salivate and your buttons pop just by thinking about them. The recipes you watch being made, but never make yourself.
I decided this one looked easy enough to try and really wanted my boys to try something different with a hint of familiarity. Let me just tell you that what it lacks in appearance it makes up for in taste! The boys absolutely LOVED these pizza twists! Mr. Spouse and I grilled out steaks for ourselves the night I made this for the boys, but it looked so good we couldn't resist trying a twist for ourselves. Let's just say that a sample turned into an appetizer and by the time it was all said and done we had an empty pizza pan and two little boys begging for more :)
PUFF PASTRY PIZZA TWISTS
2 puff pastry sheets, thawed
pizza sauce (your preference)
pepperoni and other pizza toppings, optional
1/2 TBSP milk
This really couldn't be easier or quicker to prep and cook!!
First start with two thawed out puff pastry sheets. Open them up and place one sheet on top of other.
Now find a round plate and place it face down on top of the layered puff pastry sheets. You're going to cut around the edge of the plate and remove the excess dough.
It should look something like this when it's cut.
Remove the top layer and set that piece of puff pastry aside. Spread a generous helping of pizza sauce on the bottom layer of the puff pastry. I would HIGHLY recommend prepping this on a pizza stone or baking sheet. I used a pizza pan, but the pizza sauce started leaking through the holes and I had a big smelly mess. Use a stone or a baking sheet to save yourself a mess! And make sure to prep on the same surface as well.
Sprinkle a generous helping of mozzarella cheese over the pizza sauce and top with your favorite kind of pizza toppings. We only used pepperoni. Using too many toppings will make it a little harder for the next couple of steps so proceed with caution :)
Now cover the sauce and cheese with the puff pastry sheet you set aside earlier.
Place the bottom of a glass...or a really small bowl...in the center of the "pizza". You're going to use this as a guide to make your slices. Don't cut around the edge of the glass/bowl. Just cut the slices from the edge of the sheets to the bottom of the glass/bowl.
Now take each slice and twist them until they look like they do below...a hot mess!!!! Ha!!! As you can see, I should've done this on a pizza stone ! I ended up having to transfer my pizza to the pan and that was a big mistake. Whoops!!
Before popping this in the oven, you'll want to coat the dough with a little egg wash. Just mix together 1 egg and 1/2 TBSP. of milk and brush it all over the top.
Now bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes.
Just pull the twists off and eat!
Good gracious this was good!! I love the sweetness of the pastry sheets paired with the pizza sauce and cheese. I was thinking it would be fun to sprinkle some garlic powder and oregano over the top after the egg wash next time. Just another little bit of flavor to top it off. I mean, it was perfect as is, but goodness...that might take it to that next level ;) Ha!!
With the Superbowl right around the corner I'll definitely be keeping this number in mind...this is a great party food and delicious to boot!!!