It’s Friday! And the middle of June! Where did half the year go?
When I received my waffle maker 2 (!) Christmases ago, 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.
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.
PIZZA IN A NEAT PACKAGE
It may be the clean freak in me that I thought this would be a great way for my kids to eat pizza without getting too messy.
Right? I mean, you’ve got everything in a pizza… sauce, cheese, and dough compressed into one neat little package.
So I tested my theory. And I’m happy to report that my kids ate the pizza waffles and surprisingly didn’t have too much cheese and sauce dripping all over their front sides. But I didn’t realize there was a bonus…
Because whenever my son eats pizza, there is always something left on the plate. You can probably guess what it is.
A CRUSTLESS PIZZA
But not this time. Because of the way the pizza dough is waffled, there is no “crust!” You could imagine the joy I had when I saw my son’s plate was entirely clean.
This is a super cool way to put a spin on your regular pizza dough. Crisp, savoury cheese shards at the edges are fun to pick at and one bite brings together all the flavours of a traditional pizza. And with the “ridges,” it’s easy to break them into perfect portion sizes for the kids. A full pizza waffle will serve 1 hungry adult.
For more savoury waffle ideas, check out my Crispy Falafel Waffles.
Let me know if you try these Pizza Waffles and tag me on Instagram @siftandsimmer or comment below!
For accuracy and precision in baking recipes, use weight (metric) measurements when available.
- 1 batch Pizza Dough use the dough from the Hawaiian Pizza recipe
- ½ C tomato sauce
- ¼ C shredded mozzarella cheese
- oil for brushing on dough
- About 2 hours before cooking in waffle maker, remove pizza dough from refrigerator.
- 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 6 inch circle. (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.
- Working quickly, top with 2 Tbsp of tomato sauce, cheese, and pepperoni.
- Place another round 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.