This pizza bake caught my attention because I thought it would be easy and I already had all the ingredients. It was on my monthly menu for tonight’s dinner but I did not leave work until 5:45. I already had the meat ready from my once a month cooking marathon so I was a little ahead as I had, surprisingly, remembered to take the package of cooked Italian style ground beef out of the freezer before I left for work. I started the pizza dough at 6:15 and we were eating at 7:10. Not bad and soooo good. My family actually said they can’t wait for leftovers.
First: Pizza Dough
- 3 Cups all purpose flour
- 1 pkg instant yeast, or 1 tbls yeast
- 1 cup very warm water
- 2 tbls oil
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
Add yeast and sugar to the water. Let sit for about 5 minutes until the yeast grows. Add salt and oil. If using a bread machine to knead (which I recommend) pour all liquid into bread machine pan and add flour, stirring after each cup added. Knead until smooth about 5 in the bread machine, about 10 minutes if by hand. Place dough ball in a greased bowl lightly covered and let rise for 10-15 minutes. While bread is rising-
Second: Pizza Stuffing
- 1 lb. cooked and drained ground beef cooked with 1 small diced onion
- 1 tbls Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp ground oregano
- 1/2 tsp of thyme
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp minced or powdered garlic
- 1 tsp sweet basil
- 1 tbls garlic salt
- 1-2 tsp pepper
- 16 oz tomato sauce
- 3 tbls flour
- 1 cup or more of mozzarella cheese
- small amount of milk to brush on top and sesame seed to sprinkle over the top
Cook the beef and all the above ingredients EXCEPT the cheese and pepperonis. Let cool. Can do this fast by putting in a large baking dish and putting in the freezer. Not that I did this, not me, I have all the time in the world.
Third: Roll out the pizza dough into a 14x11 inch rectangle. Lay dough on a greased cookie sheet. Place meat mixture down the center third of the dough, leaving 2 inches on each end and cover with the cheese and pepperonis.
Brush with milk and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Place in a preheated 425 degree oven for 25 minutes.
Good thing everyone wants leftovers because this could feed an army.
I think this might be good with some sort of chicken bake. I have all sorts of ideas. My husband loved how light the crust was and not heavy at all.