Is it raining outside?
Rainy days are the perfect time to have some friends over to watch a movie and chow down on some yummy food, like pizza waffles.
Pizza waffles are the perfect snack for a rainy day because they are quick and easy to make and can be customized to everyone’s taste (from vegetarian to extra pepperoni).
Not to mention, they are delicious!
If you’ve never made pizza waffles before there’s no need to fear: I have an easy recipe for you to follow below, along with some topping and filling suggestions.
All you need is a waffle iron and you’re ready to go. If you don’t have an iron (why don’t you have an iron?) then check out our best waffle iron review and get one, they are worth the investment.
What You Need
Besides a waffle iron you are going to need:
- Frozen puff pastry dough (or filo dough)
- Pasta sauce
- Mozzarella cheese
- Assorted toppings (pepperoni, olives, anchovies, sausage, grilled chicken or anything else you can think of).
* You can substitute any of these ingredients according to taste or dietary needs. For example, you can use pesto sauce and grilled chicken instead of regular sauce or use different cheeses, like feta or provolone.
You can also get daring and make a dessert pizza, using pastry dough, Nutella (a chocolate spread found in the supermarket) and any fruit of your choice, like bananas or strawberries.
How to Make Pizza Waffles
- Defrost the frozen dough and roll it out into a 16″x16″ rectangle (you don’t have to be exact, but around that size). Spray your waffle iron with a non-stick spray and pre-heat it.
- Spread the sauce of your choice on the dough, leaving a 1″border all around so you can seal it later. If you’re using pizza sauce you can use any brand or whip up some homemade sauce. For homemade sauce take a can of crushed tomatoes and add it to a pot with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and some crushed garlic that is sauteing. Let cook for 15-30 minutes.
- Add a layer of cheese. Full-fat mozzarella melts best, but if you have dietary restrictions part-skim will work too. I like to get creative sometimes and do a combination mozzarella, Parmesan and Asiago. Anything goes – it’s all about what you like.
- Add your toppings. I’m a pepperoni girl, but my kids love sausage so I do half pepperoni and half sausage. You can add any combination that works for you: all pepperoni, sliced ham and onions, mushrooms, whatever puts a smile on your face. You can also go for no toppings if that’s what you prefer and jump to the next step.
- Okay, now it’s time to close it up. For this you have 2 options: fold or roll (I’ll explain both).
To fold, fold the dough in half and pinch the ends all around to seal (you can also brush the edges with a drop of water to help seal it).
To roll, and get layers of cheese and topping in every bite follow these steps:
– Roll the dough from one end to the other like a jelly roll and seal the end. Then, take the roll and spin it into a spiral shape, sealing the end against the outside of the spiral. You now have a circular shape that you can place into your waffle iron.
- Place your folded or rolled dough into your waffle iron and close it up (if you stuffed it like I do you may have to push down a bit to close it).
- Check every few minutes until the waffle is a deep, golden brown on both sides and there is cheese oozing out and crispy around the edges. You want to make sure your waffle is cooked through so if your iron doesn’t have a thermometer get an instant read one and make sure it’s at least 190°.
- Take it out, slice it up and let it cool down a bit before digging in (bite, sigh, repeat).
Pizza waffles are not only quick and easy to make, they also taste really good. You’ll have so much fun putting them together you won’t even notice it’s raining outside. Whether you plan on curling up with a movie or playing board games with friends they are perfect snack when you’re cooped up inside. Enjoy!