Pizza Stuffed Pretzels

These are kind of a cross between a calzone and a stromboli — in a fun shape and mini-size (though one pretzel is pretty filling). I’m guessing you could use a store-bought dough, but the dough was really easy to make and we liked the taste a lot. The whole process was quick and easy (and all the more so, I imagine, if you make it ahead of time as a freezer meal), and the results were tasty.
recipe adapted from What’s Cookin’, Chicago?
Pizza Dough:
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 package quick-rising yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 2/3 cup hot water (120-130°F)
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
Other ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 -2 cups whatever combination of pizza toppings you like (e.g., pepperoni slices, browned hamburger or sausage, chopped vegetables)
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup marinara or pasta sauce (homemade or store bought)

To make the dough:

  1. Combine flour, yeast, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook.
  2. Combine hot water and oil in a measuring cup. With the stand mixer is running, gradually pour in enough of the hot liquid until the mixture forms a sticky ball. The dough should be quite soft. If it seems dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons warm water; if too sticky, add 1 to 2 tablespoons flour. Continue mixing until the dough forms a ball, then process for 1 minute to knead.
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl. Coat a sheet of plastic wrap with cooking spray and place it, sprayed-side down, over the dough. Let the dough rest for 10 to 20 minutes.
To assemble the pretzels:

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Divide the prepared pizza dough into 4 equal pieces and roll each out into a rectangle. Scatter the cheese and other pizza toppings (not the sauce) over the dough.
  3. Brush the one of the long sides with a little egg wash then, starting with the opposite side, roll the dough up into a log, enclosing the toppings inside. Shape the log into a pretzel and transfer to a baking sheet.
  4. Brush the top of the pizza pretzels with egg wash and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning. Bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.
  5. While the pizza pretzel is baking, place a medium pot over medium-high heat to heat up marinara or pasta sauce, until warm. Serve the pizza pretzel with the marinara/pasta sauce dipper alongside.
 * To make ahead/freezer meal – Prepare the pretzels as directed above and do not bake. Instead, wrap prepared pretzels in plastic wrap and foil. Place in a freezer bag and freeze. When ready to prepare, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place frozen stuffed pretzel on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 20-30 minutes. No need to defrost pretzel before baking.
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