I know, I know.. I JUST did a pizza post! Well, guess what? There’s no shame in my pizza game. I love it in any way, shape, or form! (Especially sourdough.) So get used to it. 😛
Today, on this eve of the New Year, I am going to show you a delicious new way to utilize that extra pizza dough in your fridge. (Or give you a reason to make extra!)
Now, I will in no way claim ownership to this idea. A simple Pinterest search yields dozens of recipes for similar waffle-shaped pizzas. It’s a cute, yummy, and whimsical way to use pizza dough! Pinterest WIN!!!
I think kids would love this recipe, and see it working very well at a sleepover. Each kid can choose their own fillings and watch in amazement as you wow them with your waffle skills! Or you could make them beforehand and heat them up in the oven for your kiddos!
The waffle pizzas get a nice, chewy crust that is great dipped into Ranch dressing or marinara sauce. I was skeptical that the dough would cook fully, but I was pleasantly proven wrong! The only downside to these little waffle pies are that they cannot hold a lot of cheese. (I know 😦 ) I’d say a tablespoon max. Otherwise, you risk the cheese bursting through the dough and dripping (or shooting, as mine did) out of the waffle maker. Better to be safe than sorry. Just save the extra cheese for your regular pies.
That being said, these would be great for vegans, lactose-intolerant people, or folks that don’t like much cheese on their pizza (if any of those exist!). I won’t go so far as to say they are better than actual pizza (nothing can compare to real pie), but they are a fun alternative if you feel like shakin’ things up! 🙂
Sourdough Waffle Pizzas
All ingredients are organic, when available.
Makes 2 waffle pizzas.
- 1 ball of sourdough pizza dough
- 2 tbs marinara sauce
- 2 tbs finely shredded mozzarella
- 1-2 tbs toppings (I used banana peppers, red onions, and orange bell pepper.)
- Extra flour for dusting
- Rolling pin
- Waffle maker
- Spray cooking oil*
*Cooking oil is optional. My waffle maker is non-stick ceramic and does not require any.
To begin, prepare your toppings, preheat the waffle maker, and lightly dust your work space.
Divide pizza dough into 4 equal pieces. Roll the first piece into a circle (or whatever shape) that is roughly the size of your waffle maker. Set aside on a floured surface. Roll out the second ball of dough.
Working quickly, carefully lay the first piece of dough onto the waffle maker, lining it up as best you can within the cooking area. Spread one tablespoon of sauce onto the dough, leaving about 1/2 inch space along the edge. Add cheese and toppings. Top with the second piece of flattened dough, making sure to seal the edges. Close waffle maker and allow to cook until the crust is light brown. All waffle makers have different heat capacities, so it’s best to use your own judgement here. Regardless, it should only take around 5 minutes or so. Check periodically by lifting the waffle maker lid. Some sauce and cheese may leak out so don’t be alarmed. They’ll still taste yummy!
Remove from waffle maker and let cool briefly on a wire rack. (They might get soggy if you put them straight on a plate.) Repeat with the rest of the dough. If you’re making waffles for a crowd, simply increase the amount of dough and place waffles in a warm oven while you make the rest! Serve with Ranch and extra marinara!
I hope you enjoy this fun recipe and wish you many blessings in the New Year! 🙂