I think I need to accept the fact that I love pizza.
I don’t know what I was thinking making these things when I am going to Miami next month. The good thing about me making these is that my brother came over the very next day and helped me with my temptation by eating all of them. It is such a win for me when I create food that isn’t good for my hips, thighs, or belly and someone takes them off my hands. It gives me something less to worry about. One thing is for sure, once the food is gone from my kitchen, I always forget that I blessed someone else when I go into the kitchen looking for the dish. Sucks doesn’t it?
Sometimes when I think of something to make, it doesn’t come to me all at once. I can go to the grocery store for my basic grocery shopping and I will see something like a vegetable,fruit, meat, or whatever and I will stare at it. I know people think I am crazy. But I will stare at the product until something comes to me and I will buy it for inspiration.. I may not have the entire idea together but I know its there working itself out in my mind. I had this box of Pretzel mix since January. Every time I went into my cupboard I would just stare and think of what I can create use this product.
There was another instance when I was inspired to make a Chicago Deep Dish Pizza. Yea that never happened. So I had a jar of pizza sauce just sitting in my cupboard, next to the pretzel kit for a few months. I don’t know what it was or what happened but one day I looked at both of them and said to just make a pizza pocket using pretzel as the bread. Such a simple idea, I don’t know why it took me so long to figure it out.
- 1 lb. box Fleischmann Simply Homemade Pretzel Mix (including the contents on the back of box)
- 1 tbsp. oil
- ¾ c. warm water
- 14 oz. jar pizza sauce
- ½ lb. ground beef, cooked
- 5 strips bacon, chopped
- 8 oz. container of cherry sized mozzarella balls
- 3 oz. package pepperoni
- 6 tbsp. butter
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tbsp. oregano leaves
- In a large bowl, pour in the flour and the yeast contents inside. Add the oil and water as instructed on the back of the box. Once the dough has been made accordingly, set aside for 25 minutes to allow the dough to rise (dough will not double in size).
- Place the dough on a clean surface and divide into 12 balls(You can make them bigger if you like. It really depends on you). Cover the dough with a paper towel so the unused dough doesn't dry out.
- Preheat oven to 400 Degrees. Also, take a large pot and fill it with water and once it begins to boil, pour in the baking soda that comes inside the pretzel box.
- Take one of the pretzel dough balls and flatten it with your hands. Turn and stretch the dough until it is about ½ -2 inches wide (as long as the pretzel dough doesn't begin to rip).
- Take a tablespoon of the pizza dough and pour in the middle of the pretzel dough ball. Next add pepperoni, ground beef, bacon,and a mozzarella cheese ball. You can be as liberal or conservative with the meat as you would like.
- Pull opposites sides of the pretzel dough ball together and pinch together and bring the other opposite sides together and pinch. Now pinch to make sure the ball is completely secure. If some pizza sauce gets in the way that is okay, just continue pinching and rolling until completely secure. Set aside and repeat for the remaining pretzel balls.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Dip the pretzel balls with a slotted spoon or spatula into the boiling baking soda water for 10-15 seconds and turn to the baking sheet lined with parchment paper pinched side face down. Repeat for all of the balls.
- Melt the 6 tbsp of butter and add the garlic powder and oregano leaves. Brush each pretzel ball with the melted butter mixture and place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving.