Can you really make pizza in a bread bowl?

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TikTok’s latest controversial food hack is a pizza bread bowl recipe — but what does it actually taste like?

To find out, we decided to whip up the carb-loaded recipe ourselves. Thankfully, we have the perfect gadget to do it: this rotary cheese grater from EvoSummer.

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This little gadget can pump out cheese at what feels like an illegally fast speed, which is why it’s the perfect tool to help us tackle a recipe that’s about 50 percent mozzarella.

So what is the pizza bread bowl recipe, exactly? The dish, which seems to have been created by TikToker Anna Rothfuss, seems like a classic internet food prank — designed to spark more reactions than actual recipes.

Most of the other posts on Rothfuss’s account seem to be jokes, but as it turns out, she may have stumbled onto something here. While her recipe sparked outrage from some commenters, others followed with genuine curiosity.

That’s why we knew we had to make the dish ourselves. This bizarre, cheesy, bread-filled monstrosity is just to fascinating to ignore — so we made one at home and taste-tested it. To find out what happened, watch the video above or keep reading.

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How to make pizza in a bread bowl

You’ll only need a few ingredients to make this bizarre food creation:

  • A loaf of sourdough bread
  • Several sticks of string cheese
  • Pizza sauce
  • A block of mozzarella cheese
  • Pepperoni, or any toppings you want

First, slice the bread vertically and horizontally over the top, creating long, deep divots in the loaf. Then, cut up three sticks of string cheese and stuff them into the loaf.

Next, pour on a healthy serving of pizza sauce and use a cheese grater to grind your mozzarella over the bread. Lastly, stuff any toppings you want into the loaf before baking.

Lastly, cook the entire thing in an oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Now, all you have to do is mentally prepare yourself to try this

Is the pizza bread bowl recipe gross or genius?

When ITK video producer Poppy Shen tried the pizza bread bowl recipe, she decided to compare it to a standard pepperoni pizza. She judged both options — the bread bowl version and the “normal” version — on three factors: difficulty, presentation and taste.

Tragically, the pizza bread bowl lost out in all three categories. It was a little harder to make than regular, freezer aisle pizza, and on top of that, the end product looked as weird as you’d imagine.

As far as taste went, you can’t really go wrong with bread and cheese. Still, Poppy thought the bread bowl was lacking a bit when it came to overall flavor — it tasted more like separate ingredients than a single, uniform dish.

So is the pizza bread bowl at least edible? Totally. Is it better than real pizza? Absolutely not. Should you try making it? We don’t feel comfortable answering that.

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