Wow friends and family with this easy to make, but super cool pepperoni pizza crown!
Full recipe at tiphero.com/pepperoni-pizza-crown
1 pound pizza dough, store bought or homemade, brought to room temperature
1 cup mozzarella cheese, divided
½ cup marinara sauce
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
½ cup chopped pepperoni (about 30 to 40)
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit (230 degrees Celsius). Line a 12-inch round pizza pan or cookie pan with parchment paper and dust with flour.
On the lined pizza pan, press the pizza dough into a circle the size and shape of the pizza pan. If the dough resists being stretched, allow it to rest for 10 to 15 minutes covered in plastic wrap, then stretch the dough a second time. Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut 8 small triangular slices in the center of the dough, leaving about a 3-inch border on the outside. Set aside.
In a bowl, combine ⅔ cup of the mozzarella cheese, the marinara sauce, 3 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese, the chopped pepperoni and the Italian seasoning. Mix to combine.
Spread the pizza filling on the uncut 3-inch border of dough, leaving about a ½-inch border on the outside. Add the remaining mozzarella cheese to the top of the filling.
Wrap each center triangle of dough over the filling, towards the edge, and secure under the outer edge of the dough. Adjust the ring if needed to ensure a nice round pizza crown.
In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, garlic powder, and dried parsley, and stir to combine. Brush the top of the crown with half of the melted garlic herb butter.
Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the dough turns golden brown.
When there are about 5 minutes of baking left, temporarily remove the crown from the oven and place the whole pepperoni on the openings between the triangles of pizza dough, where the melted cheese is showing through. Return the crown to the oven and bake with pepperoni on top for the last 5 minutes, until the pepperoni begin to curl.
Remove the baked crown from the oven and immediately brush the top with the remaining garlic herb butter and sprinkle with the rest of the finely-grated Parmesan cheese.