Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Stuffed Pizza

If you love pizza... what would be better than stuffing it with great, ah . . . stuff? I tried this last night (saw a show on the food network, go figure) and it turned out beautiful! It made it to the list of "will cook again!!!"



3 C. Flour

1 cup hot water

1 package yeast

2 tsp salt (if this is too salty for you, you can cut it back to 1tsp)

3-4 T olive or canola oil

Recipe: Mix flour and salt in bowl. In 1/2 cup of the hot water dissolve yeast for a few minutes. Add yeast water and the other 1/2 cup of hot water to flour along with oil. Mix. You may need to knead/mix with your hands... this dough gets quite 'tough'. After well mixed, let rest for 1/2 hour - 45 minutes.

I also added oregano, garlic powder (of course) and onion flakes to my bread dough. If you have another favorite bread recipe... you can use that! This is just the one I used. Just make sure you have enough dough to spread and hang over a round (or square) deep dish pan. This recipe makes enough to cover a good size cookie sheet so it worked well. You can use this for regular pizza, but if your doing the stuffed pizza you will need to make two of these dough balls!

Once dough is rested and easy to shape... either roll or pull into shape and spread into pan with ample amount up the sides.

Here's the fun part.... you can stuff this with whatever tickles your palette! I used Mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, banana peppers, pepperoni, and spinach! YUM~ Whatever you use, put your favorite cheese down first (about 3 cups) then top the cheese with all your toppings of choice. Do NOT add your sauce yet! After you've put on all your yummy stuff... roll/spread out the second ball of dough. Cover all the stuffing and pinch to the top of the bottom dough piece. Now poke a few holes in top layer... spread on your favorite crushed tomatoes or pizza sauce, put a bit of cheese on the top... then pop the giant thing into the oven. Preheat to 500 degrees. Cook at 500 degrees for first 15 minutes, then lower temp to 400 degrees and cook for an additional 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown! Yum~! It was yum, yum, yummy!


John said...

Looks delicious. What brand of sauce/tomatoes did you use?

John said...

And that was me--Emilee. I never can remember to log him out and me in before I comment.

The Borns said...

Emilee... Aldi's of course! Although they don't have pizza sauce..for this particular pizza I just used some leftover wal-mart brand pizza sauce we had....The one recipe I took from used Italian stewed tomatoes...so I think this is one of those...you can do whatever you want, tada!