Tuesday, May 12, 2009

what's cooking wednesy - stuffed pizza

I actually made this for Mike on his birthday, but forgot to post it. This is the type of pizza we've seen before on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives that makes Mike thinks it would be a good idea to drive a couple of thousand kms to get. So I found this highly rated recipe on allrecipes.com and whipped it up for his birthday.

stuffed pizza

Stuffed Pizza

  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 (4 ounce) package sliced pepperoni
  • 1 (8 ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped

  1. Combine the crushed tomatoes, brown sugar, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon olive oil, and salt in small saucepan. Cover pan, and cook over low heat until tomatoes start to break down, about 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough into 2 equal pieces. Roll one piece into a 12 inch thin circle. Roll the other half into a thicker, 9 inch circle.
  3. Place the 12 inch dough round into an ungreased 9 inch springform pan. Sprinkle dough with 1 cup of cheese. Shape sausage into a 9 inch patty and place in pan on top of the cheese. Layer pepperoni, mushrooms, green pepper, red pepper, and remaining cheese on top of sausage patty. Top with the 9 inch dough round and pinch edges to seal. Cut several 1/2 inch vent holes in the top crust. Spread sauce evenly on the top crust, leaving a 1/2 inch border at the edges.
  4. Bake pizza in the preheated oven until the crust is set, the cheese is melted, and the sausage is cooked through, 40 to 45 minutes. Let hot pizza rest for 15 minutes before cutting into wedges and serving.
Recipe Notes: The actual recipe had instructions for making your own crust. I have a recipe I use myself, but if you don't make homemade you can always buy it at the grocery store. This was good. Although I didn't have any tinfoil on hand, so the top got a little too brown, but it was fine. I don't think I'd make it all the time, it is a bit much, but nice for a special treat. I would like to try it without the sausage, since I am not a huge sausage fan, but Mike likes it on his pizza.

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Eleonora Baldwin said...

Shan, I posted my WCW entry without the name of the recipe in parentheses chez Mr Linky! Sorry... This week I made Linguine with seafood. Your stuffed pizza looks delish!
Ciao and happy Wednesday!

A Crafty Mom said...

That looks amazing - what a great idea!! Who wouldn't eat that???? YUMMY!

Leah said...


PS the pizza pockets you posted about a few wednesdays ago? HUGE hit with my kids. I was lazy and bought the pillsbury canned pizza dough and OH MY WORD did those pizza pockets turn out EASY and DELICIOUS.

Angela said...

Sounds so good.
I am going to have to try it some time

Betsy Hart said...

That does look delish!!