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This Twisted Pizza Recipe is a pull-apart pizza bread that’s super easy to make! It’s great for a party or dinner when it’s pizza night. You can use store-bought pizza crust or create your own – add your favorite toppings, and you get hot and cheesy twisted pizza everyone will love.

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Table of Contents
  1. Easy Pizza Twist Pull Aparts
  2. Ingredients in Twisted Pizza
  3. Best Crust for Pull Aparts
  4. How to Make My Twisted Pizza Recipe
  5. Substitutions/Variations
  6. Expert Tips
  7. How to Store Pizza Twists
  8. Making Pull Apart Pizza Ahead of Time
  9. More Twists on Classic Pizza Recipes
  10. Pull Apart Pizza Recipe Recipe

Easy Pizza Twist Pull Aparts

This twisted pizza recipe is such a fun way to satisfy a pizza craving, and it costs way less than ordering out. It’s also quick to make – in the time you would wait for pizza delivery, you can make this twisted pepperoni pizza.

I call it twisted pizza, but it’s basically a version of pull apart pizza bread. Pizza toppings are sandwiched between pizza dough, and you slice strips that you twist together before you bake it. The presentation is great, and it tastes just like regular pizza.

I love a twisted pepperoni pizza, but you can use other pizza toppings that you like – it’s up to you! You can also make it with store-bought pizza dough to make it really easy, or try one of my homemade crusts.

It’s a great pizza appetizer for parties or make one for family pizza night. We’ve done both, and it’s always a hit. I mean, who can resist a hot and cheesy piece of pizza?

You might skip the pizza delivery after you try this recipe! It’s an easy pepperoni pizza that’s fun to make and even more fun to eat.

Ingredients in Twisted Pizza

  • Store-bought pizza dough – or you can use homemade pizza dough.
  • Pizza Saucehomemade pizza sauce or store bought
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese – shred it yourself for best melting
  • Pepperoni slices – optional – but delicious
  • Melted butter – you can use salted or unsalted butter.
  • Garlic paste – or use garlic powder or a minced garlic clove.
  • Italian seasoning

Best Crust for Pull Aparts

There are a few crust choices you can use to make pizza dough twists. You can use Pillsbury refrigerated pizza crust (or another brand you like) from the store or make your own. Here are my favorite recipes:

Six overhead photos showing the process of making pull apart pizza

How to Make My Twisted Pizza Recipe

  1. Divide the dough in half and place one half on a piece of parchment paper. Roll it out to approximately 10×15” and place the dough (with the parchment underneath) on a large baking sheet.
  2. Spread the pizza sauce over the top of the dough.
  3. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top.
  4. Place the other half of the dough on another piece of parchment and roll it out to 10×15”. Peel it off the paper and place it on top of the other dough with the sauce and cheese.
  5. Make 1” slices on both sides of the dough, leaving a strip in the middle. Don’t slice all the way across.
  6. Twist the strips one to two times to make the pizza twists.
  7. Combine the melted butter with the garlic and Italian seasoning in a small bowl. Brush it over the top of the crust. Top the butter with the pepperoni.
  8. Bake the twisted pizza for 12 to 18 minutes at 400°F or until the crust is golden brown.
Close up overhead shot of twisted pepperoni pizza on a sheet pan

Substitutions/Variations

I love pizza twists because it’s easy to change the toppings! Here are other ideas you might like to try:

Meat: You can layer some pepperoni inside the crust after you add the cheese or swap out the pepperoni for salami, crumbled cooked Italian sausage, cooked chopped bacon, or Canadian bacon.

Cheese: Swap the mozzarella for Provolone cheese, cheddar cheese, or other cheese you like on your pizza! You can also add grated Parmesan cheese or do a mix of different kinds of cheese.

Veggies: If you want to add vegetables, I recommend cooked mushrooms, onions, or bell peppers. Or try sliced olives or banana peppers.

Expert Tips

  • The best tip for this recipe is to roll out the two pieces of dough, so they are the same size. This ensures the filling stays inside and everything is nice and even.
  • My favorite pizza dough hack is to use a floured rolling pin to roll out the dough. Also, start in the middle and roll out from the center – this makes it easy to roll it out evenly.
  • Don’t skip the garlic butter on top. It adds tons of flavor and will also help the crust turn a nice golden brown.
  • The only thing that makes pizza pull apart bread better is some dips on the side. Don’t get me wrong – it’s fantastic just as it is but dips… um, yes, please! We love some ranch dressing on the side for dipping, or try some warm marinara sauce or garlic butter dip.
Close up overhead shot of twisted pepperoni pizza on a sheet pan

How to Store Pizza Twists

If you have leftover pizza twists, store them in an airtight container. They will keep well for up to three days in the refrigerator. You can warm them up in the oven or the microwave.

Making Pull Apart Pizza Ahead of Time

Want to make it ahead? You can assemble the whole thing up to 24 hours in advance. Leave it on the baking sheet, cover it with plastic wrap, and keep it in the refrigerator. The next day just pop it in the oven!

I hope you skip the delivery and try this easy pull apart pizza recipe the next time you want pizza for dinner or a party. It’s so fun, and I know it’ll be a hit!

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One piece of pizza being pulled apart from larger pizza

Pull Apart Pizza Recipe

5 from 1 vote
An easy way to make pizza – use store bought or homemade dough to make a pull apart pizza with your favorite toppings. This is a great easy appetizer for a party.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 12 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
  

  • 1 13.8 ounces can (390g) pizza dough (or use homemade)
  • cup (79ml) pizza sauce
  • 5 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup pepperoni
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste see note
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Divide pizza crust in half. Place half on a sheet of parchment paper and roll to approximately 10×15-inches. Place crust (on parchment) on a large cookie sheet.
  • Spread with pizza sauce and top with cheese.
  • Place second half of pizza dough on another sheet of parchment paper and roll to approximately 10×15-inches. Place this dough on top of prepared pizza.
  • Slice 1-inch strips up and down both sides of the crust, leaving a small strip in the middle. Twist the strips 1-2 times.
  • Stir melted butter with garlic and seasoning and brush all over crust. Top with pepperoni.
  • Bake 12-18 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot.
  • Serving suggestion: ranch dressing for dipping
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Pizza may be assembled up to 24 hours ahead.

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Recipe Notes

  • May substitute salted butter.
  • Use 1 tsp garlic paste, ½ teaspoon garlic powder or 1 garlic clove (pressed).
  • May omit pepperoni or place the pepperoni inside with the cheese.
  • Substitute any of your favorite pizza toppings (sausage, olives, etc).

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 193mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 169IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Author Dorothy Kern
Keyword caramel cheesecake, pepperoni, pizza, pizza dough, pull apart bread, pull apart pizza, twisted pizza
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Twisted Pizza is an easy pull apart pizza recipe that’s perfect for a party or easy dinner. This easy pizza recipe is the perfect appetizer or party food with your favorite pizza flavors.

Dorothy Kern

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