If "more" is your family's answer to the question, "how much cheese do you want on your pizza," they will love this stuffed crust pizza that you make yourself. Here's Pillsbury's Lauren Chattman to show you how easy it is to impress the cheese lovers in your family with homemade stuffed crust pizza.
Lauren Chattman Cookbook Author and Pastry Chef
Lauren Chattman is a former pastry chef, a cookbook author, and an ardent home baker. She has made a career out of translating upscale food trends into easy recipes that can be made at home, realistically and without stress.
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Heat oven to 425°F. Spray or grease 12-inch pizza pan. Unroll dough; place in pan. Starting at center, press out dough to edge of pan, pressing up and extending over side by 1 inch.
Place string cheese around inside edge of crust.
Fold extended edge of dough over cheese; pinch firmly to seal.
Spoon sauce evenly over dough. Top with pepperoni and cheese blend.
Bake 12 to 16 minutes or until crust is deep golden brown and cheese in center is melted. Cut into wedges.
LISA: Hi I’m Lisa Birnbach for howdini.com and this is Lauren Chattman for Pillsbury. Lauren I love it when I can impress my kids with something they love and I actually made for them myself. The look of shock and disbelief on their faces—oh it’s priceless. And this stuffed crust pizza, which Lauren is going to show us how to make, will blow their minds. So let’s get started.
LAUREN: Well to begin we need refrigerated classic pizza crust.
LAUREN: Which I’m going to open right now. And what you want to do is push and stretch the dough so that it overhangs the pizza pan by about one inch on all sides because that’s where you’re going to put your cheese.
LAUREN: That’s right. That’s where the stuffing goes. In the interest of time I’ve got one already stretched out.
LAUREN: So that’s what it should look like when you’re done pushing and stretching.
LAUREN: And now we’ve got seven pieces of string cheese. We’re going to arrange them like that. You want to put some down?
LISA: Oh yes I think I could do that.
LAUREN: That’s the great thing about this recipe that if you’re a mom, you probably have string cheese in your refrigerator already.
LISA: And it comes with operating instructions for children.
LAUREN: Now you’re going to fold that inch right over the string cheese.
LISA: And do you have to seal it?
LAUREN: You do. If you have any holes in your crust, you can just pat them closed too. That’s looks great. Okay the next thing, we have half a cup of pizza sauce.
LISA: And it pizza sauce basically tomato sauce with oregano, extra oregano?
LAUREN: That’s right you can use your favorite marinara sauce. Spread that all around. This is so easy. We’ve got two cups of pizza cheese. Sprinkle that on because you can never have too much cheese. Inside and outside.
LISA: No. And we often order extra.
LAUREN: That’s right, that’s right. And then we’ve got 24 slices of pepperoni and this is ready to go into the oven.
LISA: Don’t you think it needs more cheese?
LAUREN: Sprinkle a little bit more on top.
LAUREN: Now it’s ready to go into the oven.
LISA: And for how long?
LAUREN: 425-degrees for 12 to 16 minutes. And here it is.
LISA: Wow it’s perfect looking. Why have I been ordering pizza out all these years? My kids will love this. Lauren thank you so much.
LAUREN: You’re welcome.
LISA: They’ll also wonder who took their real mommy and who I am. For more recipes, ideas, and tips to surprise and delight your family, and mine, visit Pillsbury.com. I’m Lisa Birnbach for howdini.