This pizza is a family favorite at my house. It’s so easy and fast to whip up using store bought dough. The varieties are endless as is the case with any pizza. This version I’m sharing is the combination of ingredients I like most. This is not a pick me up and hold me kind of pizza…this is a dig in and eat me with a fork kind! It’s thick and messy, but oh so perfectly scrumptious! A very fulfilling dish for those hearty eaters in your family. My son wants this pizza (minus the mushrooms) at least once a week during football season.
I hope it becomes a favorite in your house too! 🙂
To Die for Deep Dish Pizza-
Adapted from a Cooking Light recipe
1 pound ground round
1 (15 ounce can) italian style tomato sauce (chunky or regular)
1 (10 or 11 oz can refrigerated pizza crust dough)
6 slices mozzarella cheese (halved)
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp italian seasonings
1 small can sliced olives
1 container of mushrooms (cleaned and sliced)
1/4 -1/2 green bell pepper (diced)
Preheat over to 425 degrees.
Cook meat 1/2 way and then add the garlic, italian seasonings, green peppers & mushrooms while continuing to cook until the meat is browned. Drain. Return to skillet and continue cooking until mushrooms are cooked through. Add tomato sauce & drained olives. Heat through.
Coat a 13×9 or similar size casserole dish with cooking spray. Unroll pizza dough and press into the bottom of your dish-leaving the dough to climb up the side of the dish about 1/2 way.
Line the bottom of the dough with 3 of the halved slices of cheese…scatter it around so it will cover the most area possible. Top with your meat mixture.
Bake, uncovered for 12 minutes. Remove and top with the remaining slices of halved cheese and bake for an additional 5 mintues or until the crust is lightly browned and the cheese is melted.
Cool at least 10 minutes before serving. Expect to eat this one with a fork and knife.
Change any of the vegetables for others or eliminate them completely for picky eaters.
Add extra cheese in shredded form (any kind you like).
Use chicken or just veggies to vary the recipe.