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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Homemade Stuffed Crust Pizza

You can have fun making pizza, assign different foods for people to bring and prepare
Make your crust while you prepare the toppings and have fun with it.
We even made our own Stuffed Crust Pizza, and you can too.

What you need:
For the Pizza Dough:
1 1/4 cups warm Water (95ºF)
1/4 ounce package Active Dry Yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons Sugar
3 1/2 cups Flour
scant 2 tablespoons Salt
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Semolina or cornmeal for dusting

For Pizza toppings:
What do you like, let your imagination go wild here, get creative or basic
What do you feel like today?
We used: 
1 lb Italian sausage cut into chunks cooked
1 lb Ground beef cooked
1/2 to 1 large onion sliced or diced
1 can black ripe olives sliced and drained
Cheese lots of it shredded
Parmesan cheese
1 small can tomato sauce with added Italian Seasonings mixed in
thin strips of Mozzarella to put into the crust
Italian Seasoning
salt pepper garlic powder and a little coarse salt(your choice)

How to make it:
Note: Make sure your water is not too hot or your yeast will never work, not too cold testing with a thermometer is always best, or with your finger test the water first make sure it's warm but not really hot. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in water; let stand for 5 minutes. Add oil and salt. Stir in flour, 1 cup at a time, until a soft dough forms. Turn onto floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 2-3 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes. 

While waiting for dough to rise cook beef and onion over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Punch down dough; divide in half. 
Next roll the crust out as thin as you can for thin and crispy or leave a little thicker if you like the dough pizza 
Press each half into a greased  and slightly dusted (cornmeal)12-inch pizza pan. Leaving a wide edge lapping over the pan this will fold over for the Stuffed crust.
Next lay thin strips of mozzarella cheese around the crust edge and wrap over and seal into the pan edge of the pizza crust for the stuffed crust.
Combine the tomato sauce, with Italian Seasonings (oregano and basil); spread over each crust. Top with beef mixture, your toppings and cheese. 
Bake at 400 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until crust is lightly browned.

Flavors are endless with a little practice you can be a premier pizza chef right at home.

While you are making pizza you can take some extra pizza dough and make
Garlic Cheesy Knots too
Just roll out the dough, add cheese, garlic powder and roll up and slice or make pretzel twists or bread sticks and you have your own Cheese Breads

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