Pizza Stuffed Pretzels

Out of our dozens of pizza recipes, these pretzels hold a special place in our hearts. First, because we love cheesy stuffed pretzels (looking at you, Spinach Artichoke Pretzel). Next, because we have a thing for turning everything into a pizza.

INGREDIENTS
1 c. shredded mozzarella, divided
1/2 c. mini pepperoni
2 tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
Kosher salt
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
1 (13.8-oz.) tube refrigerated pizza crust
1/4 c. pizza sauce, plus more for serving
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. warm water
1/4 c. full-sized pepperoni
1 tbsp. melted butter
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. garlic salt

DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 400° and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine 3/4 cup mozzarella with mini pepperonis, and Parmesan. Season with salt and crushed red pepper flakes.
  2. Divide the dough into 6 pieces. Unroll each piece and fold into a rectangle. Roll to flatten into a thinner rectangle. Spoon a thin line of pizza sauce across the length of the dough and top with cheese mixture.
  3. Seal dough tightly, making sure no cheese is exposed, and carefully roll into a tight rope. Twist into a pretzel shape and repeat with remaining dough, sauce, and cheese mixture. Arrange pretzels on prepared pans.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk baking soda into the warm water until fully dissolved. Brush baking soda solution onto each pretzel.
  5. Combine melted butter with Italian seasoning and garlic salt and brush on top of pretzels. Arrange pepperoni on top of pretzels. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup of mozzarella.
  6. Bake pretzels until golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Serve warm with more pizza sauce and Parmesan, if desired.

SOURCE: Delish, by Laura Rege