Monday, December 30, 2013

Waffle Pizzas

Which do you prefer: waffles or pancakes?  I will go for a waffle every time.  Well, unless french toast is also an option, then it's split between the two.

Basically, I like the crunchiness and the little pockets that hold your butter and syrup.  When I saw this recipe for waffle pizzas, I figured it would be just as good.  Crunchy little squares that can hold more sauce and cheese!
It's really simple to make your own pizza sauce, but of course it's even easier to buy a little jar of it at the grocery store.  Same thing for the dough.  You can make your own if you have a recipe you like or just buy a ball of it at your grocery store - it's usually somewhere in the deli.
And then top it off with whatever you like on your pizza.  I made these before we moved but when most of our kitchen was already packed up.  So, we didn't have any food in the house either.  If I made them again, I'd probably put green peppers and pineapple on mine but that's just me.  You do what you want.  Make it as involved or as stress-free as you want.

Recipe from Food Network
1/3 c. tomato puree
1 Tbsp. olive oil
salt & pepper, to taste
3 basil leaves, torn
1/2 clove garlic, minced
pizza dough
1/2+ c. mozzarella, shredded
additional pizza toppings, optional

1.  Make the pizza sauce by combining the tomato puree, olive oil, salt, pepper, basil, and garlic.  Stir well then let sit until you're ready to make your pizzas (the longer you leave it, the better the flavor will be).

2.  Separate the pizza dough into smaller sections (an 8 oz. ball of dough will make 4 personal sized waffle pizzas).  Spread out into a circle the size of you waffle maker on a lightly floured surface.

3.  Brush both sides of the dough with olive oil.  Preheat the waffle maker.  When the waffle maker is heated up, put one section of the dough on at a time.  Cook until golden brown.

4.  Top with tomato sauce, cheese and any additional toppings that you like.  Place under the broiler set to high for about 5 minutes (watch carefully so they do not burn).

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