I tried making another stuffed crust pizza. I rolled the crust out into a rectangle a few inches larger than the pan. We had picked up a block of mozzarella that’s not the soft, watery fresh mozzarella. We cut it into rectangular prism and lined the inside of the pan rim with cheese. This worked a lot better than shredded cheese. I then folded the excess crust over the cheese and pressed the edge together to seal it up.
Topped with tomato sauce, cheese, and way too much pepperoni. Baked at 550F for about 14 minutes
The crust was cheesy, but it was still too much bread. I’m thinking the crust would be rolled out to the pan size and then cut laterally with a bread lame. Then the crust wouldn’t be doubly thick.
But I’ve also thought it would make sense to add sauce to the cheese inside the crust. But … that’s kind of silly. It’s a pizza roll surrounding a pizza. A lot of effort without any real benefit. Pizza is cheesy and doughy already. I think that’s the end of the stuffed crust experiment. But, if we do it one more time, I’m trying the lame.
We made two stuffed crust pizzas the other night and only cooked one. We modified the second one and grilled it for lunch today. There was way too much dough around the edge of the pizza (and almost no crust in the center). First, I tried to massage some of the dough from the edge into the center. Then we un-rolled the crust. The cheese, sauce, and pepperoni were spread out over the bottom of the dish. The excess dough was pulled toward the center and topped with sauce, cheese, and pepperoni — essentially making a pizza on top of another pizza. Or a pizza-topped calzone. Some butter was placed between the crust and the cast iron pan. We grilled it for 15 minutes. Unlike the pizza from the 23rd, this was actually pretty good.
Tonight, I tried to make a stuffed crust pizza. The dough was 4c all-purpose flour, 1 Tbsp yeast, 1/2c wheat gluten, 1 tsp salt, 1/4c olive oil, and enough water to make dough.
I tried to stuff shredded cheese into the crust — not such a good plan. Rolling the edge so there were three layers was a really bad idea — we had a circle of bread (with a bit of cheese in it) and a puddle of toppings in the middle.
We made a deep-dish pizza in a cast iron pan for dinner tonight. Grilled at 550F for about 23 minutes — which was a little too long. Tomato sauce made with tomatillo, garlic, and serrano chillis. Topped with ground beef and onions. Shredded cheddar cheese. Dough was mixed up yesterday, so spent lots of time rising.
Scott always wants a bacon cheeseburger — and, occasionally, I make him one. But that’s more of a “out at a restaurant” meal … and we’ve not been out at restaurants for a long time. A few weeks ago, I got the Impossible meatless ‘ground beef’ stuff to make meatball subs. It’s a little expensive to make a couple of burgers (8$ a package, and I’d use three or four packs to make a handful of burgers), but I immediately thought of bacon cheese burger pizza.
I mixed up my usual pizza crust — about four cups of white flour, a third of a cup of vital wheat gluten, yeast, water, and about a tablespoon of olive oil. Crisped up a few rashers of the MorningStar Farms fake bacon. Then I sautéed the Impossible ‘ground beef’ in the pan
I made a smokey maple barbecue sauce, sprinkled the crumbles, then added cheese.
Baked for about 15 minutes at 550F and then topped with the fake bacon.