Cheesy Italian Braid


1 16 oz pizza dough
1/4 cup snipped fresh basil leaves
2 plum tomatoes
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1 egg white
2 T. grated parmesan


  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Prepare pizza dough
  3. Snip basil and slice tomatoes
  4. Roll dough onto rectangle stone or baking sheet
  5. Cut sides of dough into strips about 1 1/2 inches wide and 3 inches long
    Spread ricotta.
  6. Sprinkle half of basil and mozzarella.
  7. Arrange tomatoes and season with salt.
  8. Sprinkle remaining basil and mozzarella.
  9. Braid the strips of dough across top of filling.
  10. Brush with egg white.
  11. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  12. Bake at 425 for 20-23 minutes.



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