Two crust pizza is easy to make if you use frozen bread dough and store bought sauce. It is a kid friendly meal but one that everyone in the family will enjoy. It is perfect to serve when entertaining.
People have long eaten flat bread with cheese. The tomato arrived in Europe from the Americas with the explorers. It became a part of southern European cooking by the 17th Century. The first pizza of the type we now know was created for Queen Margherita in 1889 by Raffaele Esposito. It was a thin round crust covered in tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and basil. The ingredient colors represent the colors of the Italian flag.
This recipe makes one 12 inch pizza.
Two Crust Pizza
- 2 frozen bread dough loaves, thawed (sit in refrigerator the night before) or homemade dough
- 1 ½ lb. hamburger or sausage (Italian sausage is best)
- 1 onion, sliced
- 2 tablespoons cornmeal
- 1 cup of parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 16 oz. can of mushrooms, sliced
- 8 oz. mozzarella cheese, sliced
- 1 small green pepper, sliced
- 1 15 ½ oz. spaghetti sauce (or homemade)
Grease a 12 inch pizza pan.
Take each loaf of thawed bread dough and shape into a ball. Cover and raise following the directions on the package. The dough will be about double in bulk. Punch the dough down and let it rest covered for 10 minutes.
Prepare the vegetables.
Put the meat in a frying pan along with the sliced onion. Cook over medium high heat until the meat is well browned, drain and set aside.
Flour a surface and roll out one ball of dough into a round measuring about 13 inches. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of cornmeal in the pan and fit the round of dough into it. Sprinkle ½ cup of the grated cheese over the dough. Spread the meat and onion over the cheese. Layer the mushrooms, cheese slices and the green pepper over the meat. Cover the layers with spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle on the rest of the grated cheese.
Roll out the other ball of dough into a 13 inch round. Fit over the filling and fold the extra dough under the bottom crust. Seal well. Using a sharp knife, cut some slits in the top.
Bake the pizza in a 400 degree F oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and brush the top crust with milk. Sprinkle with cornmeal. Return to the oven and bake another 15 minutes or until the crust is browned. Let stand about 10 minutes or so before cutting.
Serve with a salad and dessert.
If you make your own dough make sure to add olive oil and garlic to it.
You can make this into any shape you want depending on the pan you have.
You can use a variety of vegetables in place of the meat for a vegetarian pizza.
Add a few slices of bacon to the meat.
Sliced ripe olives can be used in place of the mushrooms or some can be added to the layers.
Use oil instead of shortening to grease the pan.
You could use a well seasoned white sauce in place of the tomato based sauce along with vegetables and chicken.