How To: Make Yummy Yummy Stuffed Crust Pizza
We have had homemade pizza four times in the last three weeks, and each time it just gets better! I took pictures of the process next time, so you can make the deliciousness yourself.
Here's what you need/I suggest:
- Oven preheated to 425°.
- Ingredients for pizza dough, sauce, cheese, toppings… nyer!
- String cheese, preferably the kind that's just mozzarella
- Extra cornmeal, olive oil, butter, etc.
- Pizza stone
- Rolling pin
- Silicone brush
Make a "large" sized batch of your favorite pizza dough. We (and by "we" I mean Husband) do a whole wheat flour, white flour, and cornmeal dough, and it's fantastic.
Prepare your toppings. Technically you can do this later, but if you've got two people working, one person can prepare toppings while the other person does step 3.
Pound/flatten/roll your dough, to about 2 inches larger than the diameter of your pizza stone. (Or, if you don't have a pizza stone, get one! Kidding, mostly, but the crust won't turn out as crisp… The point is, about 2 inches larger than you want your pizza to be.) Please don't judge the funny looking dough… Something weird happened. But the other three times we made the dough it was fantastic!
You need a helper for this part. (Or you need to be incredibly talented and have no reason to read the wimpy tips on my blog!) Lift the dough (hey, give it a twirl!) while your helper spreads olive oil and sprinkles cornmeal on the stone.
Open your string cheese, and divide each string in half long-ways.
Arrange string cheese overlapping, so there's a total of one stick of cheese at any given point. Roll up the dough around the cheese, and seal as well as you can with your fingers.
Sauce, cheese, toppings, cheese. We tried a new sauce this time—the flavor was really good, but the sauce was too thin. I'll tweak it and get back to you.
Make a mixture of olive oil, melted butter, and garlic powder. Brush the crust with this mixture, and sprinkle cornmeal on top of it.
Bake at 425° for 20ish minutes… Basically keep an eye on it after 15 minutes. Your pizza's done when the cheese is all melty (as in, you can't see different pieces of cheese because it's all gooed together) and the crust is slightly browned.
Be warned, though… All that sprinkling and buttering and oiling can leave your work area pretty scary!