This recipe for Pizza Waffles is a fun and easy way to enjoy pizza. It features my Everyday Pizza Dough pressed in a hot waffle iron with toppings. With no pizza "crust," expect no leftovers on your plate.
This post first appeared on Sift & Simmer in June 2018. Updated May 2021.
When I received my waffle maker, one of the things I knew I wanted to make was a pizza waffle.
But naming this post was a little conundrum.
Was I gonna call it a waffled pizza or a pizza waffle?
In my mind, they are 2 different things.
What is a pizza waffle vs. a waffled pizza?
A waffled pizza is where you take an actual slice of traditional pizza and press it in a waffle maker, thereby giving it a massive crust and cheese smorgasbord.
A pizza waffle is where you take the pizza dough in its raw form, add the toppings and press it into the waffle maker.
Why this recipe works
This is a great way for my kids (and adults!) to enjoy pizza without getting too messy.
It's a super cool way to put a spin on your regular pizza dough.
It's got everything you love in a pizza: sauce, cheese, and dough in a neat little package.
And, if your kids (like mine) don't like pizza crust... well, there's no crust because of the way the pizza dough is waffled!
Ingredients you'll need
For these pizza waffles, you'll need:
- 1 batch Everyday Pizza Dough: or you can use any pizza dough you like
- tomato sauce/pasata: you can use pasta sauce, tomato sauce or tomato puree; add a little dried basil, oregano and garlic powder to amp up the flavour of the sauce
- mozzarella cheese: shredded
- pepperoni: sliced
- fresh basil: for garnish, optional
You can change up the toppings/fillings with whatever you like in your pizza waffles.
How to make it
Make a batch of my Everyday Pizza Dough.
Divide the dough in 8 equal pieces.
Each "pizza waffle" will get 2 pieces of dough, roughly 60g each.
Preheat the waffle iron to medium high heat.
Take 1 piece of dough and stretch it out to about 8" in diameter.
Either spray the waffle iron with a little vegetable oil, or you can brush the surface of the dough with oil.
Place the dough onto the waffle iron (oiled side down).
Add tomato sauce, cheese, and pepperoni.
Place the second dough (stretched to the same size) over the fillings.
Close the waffle maker and let it cook for about 6-8 minutes, until golden brown and crisp.
Remove the pizza waffle and let cool on a wire rack.
Repeat with the remainder.
FAQs & expert tips
How many waffles does this make?
It makes 4 large 8" waffles, which will serve 1 hungry adult.
Tip: With the waffle "ridges," you can break them into perfect portion sizes for the kids.
Can I add different fillings to the waffles?
Yes, you can change up the fillings and try a Hawaiian version with ham & pineapple, or whatever you like.
Can I bake them into buns?
Check out my recipe for homemade Pizza Pockets.
How to serve & store
Serve the pizza waffles while warm.
You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Alternatively, you can freeze the pizza waffles in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.
To reheat the pizza waffles, you can pop them in a toaster oven, in a conventional oven at 350F for 10-15 minutes, until crisp and hot.
You can microwave the waffles, however, they will lose their exterior crispness.
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- waffle maker
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- 1 batch Everyday Pizza Dough
- 125 ml tomato sauce
- 85 g mozzarella cheese shredded
- 48 pcs (135g) pepperoni sliced
- oil for greasing waffle iron/brushing on the dough
- basil optional
- Remove pizza dough from refrigerator about 2 hours ahead of time (to let the dough come to room temperature), unless making fresh pizza dough.
- Preheat waffle iron to medium high heat.
- Divide pizza dough into 8 small pieces (first divide in half, and then each piece into quarters). Flatten out and shape into approximately 8" in diameter. (Keep in mind the dough will expand a little while cooking).
- Brush a little bit of oil on one side of the dough and place the oiled side down into the waffle maker. Or you can spray a little oil on the waffle iron.
- Working quickly, top with 2 tablespoon of tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, and sliced pepperoni.
- Place another mound of dough on top and brush the surface with oil before closing the waffle maker.
- Cook for 6-8 minutes until crisp and bubbly.
- Remove and let cool on a cooling rack.
- Sprinkle with fresh basil and serve hot with marinara sauce.
The nutritional information provided should be considered as approximate and is not guaranteed. Please use your best judgment to ensure food is safely prepared and/or a good fit for your diet.