5.17.2015

Double Crust Pizza Ooey-Gooey Goodness!

Remember that double crust pizza I told you about? The comfort food goodness in a pan? It's really, really easy. If you have made any version of homemade pizza before this will be a cinch.

Oil up an oven safe skillet or large round baking dish. Place stretched out pizza crust in the bottom. Add sauce and toppings of choice (We used browned and drained hamburger.)EXCEPT the cheese. DO NOT add the cheese yet!!! Layer another spread out pizza crust over the sauce and toppings. Seal the edges of the bottom and top crust together by pinching. Spread another layer of sauce on top of top crust. Sprinkle cheese on top of sauce. Bake at 450-550 oven until desired doneness. WARNING: This is not a recipe to lose weight on. If consumed in large quantities, it will make you fat; it will also put a dreamy smile on your face when eaten hot with melted cheese stringing between your fork and mouth. A slice or two every once in a rare while is a delicious meal of sheer comfort and will not add excess weight at all. So, every so often slap some downhome goodness together, throw it in the oven, rip up a salad to go on the side, and enjoy every bite!

Tip on stretching out pizza crust. Instead of dusting the counter with flour and rolling out with a rolling pin consider oiling a section of the counter and spreading the dough out with your hands. The dough stretches out beautifully in the oil and is beautiful to see when moving easily from counter to pan without rips or holes. Clean up is easier too as no dough sticks to the oiled counter. Most of the oil will absorb into the crust as it stretches leaving only a lightly oiled surface easily wiped up and cleaned. It is so much fun swirling olive oil on the counter too!

Don't have a recipe for homemade pizza crust? The one we use is the easiest I've found. 2 C. flour of choice, 1 C. warm water, 1 pkg yeast or equivalent, 1/2 - 1 t. salt mixed together in stand mixer with dough hook and allowed to knead for 2-3 min. Could easily do by hand if prefer. The recipe used to have 2 T. oil and 2 T. sugar. Over time, I have eliminated the oil and sugar with no major difference. There is a difference but not enough to convince me to put them back in.

Extra motherly type note: Plain, inexpensive ingredients can be used to put this together. Because this dish is extremely filling, uses common ingredients, and can be made ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen until baking time, it could be a nice addition to one's go to list of meals to serve company while on a budget. Creating a list of such dishes would also be a great time and money-saving idea.

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