During the summer I try to get the kiddos more involved in the cooking. Last week we had homemade pizza on the menu and my son suggested we try making stuffed crust pizza. It turned out SO GOOD!!!
Here’s my favorite pizza dough recipe:
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1/2 garlic salt
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tbsp. honey
2 1/2 – 3 1/2 cups flour
(some times I’ll add basil, garlic and oregano)
I use a Kitchen Aid Mixer to make my dough. Warm your mixer bowl by filling with warm water for a minute than dump out the water. Add your cup of warm water and yeast to the warmed bowl. Once yeast has been dissolved, add the salt, olive oil, honey and 2 1/2 cups of flour.
Mix with dough hook on Speed 2 for about 1 minute. Add another 1/2 cup of flour and mix another 2 minutes. Check the consistency. If it’s clinging to the hook and is not too sticky then you don’t need more flour. If there’s dough on the side of the bowl and it’s too sticky add another 1/2 cup of flour.
Knead on Speed 2 another 2 minutes.
Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to grease the top. Cover and let rise about 1 hour.
Punch down. Roll out on a floured surface to about 14 inches.
This is where we got to our stuffing!
We took 4 string cheeses and cut them into 4 pieces each. Once the crust was rolled out we placed the cheese strips around the edge of the dough and rolled the dough over the cheese, making a nice thick crust.
I transferred the dough to a hot pizza stone (I put it in the oven while it’s preheating @ 450 degrees). Then add your sauce, cheese and toppings.
Bake at 450 for about 10 minutes.
Look at this beauty!
And the best part… the surprise in the crust!
I’m pretty sure you can’t have too much cheese on (or in) pizza!
What’s your favorite way to make pizza?