Thursday, April 5, 2012

Meatball Deep Dish Pizza

Did you know April 5th is Deep Dish Pizza Day? You will notice that I have tagged this post under "holidays". Okay, obviously it is not a real holiday, as in you don't get to stay home from work and get paid. Would somebody get on that please? I think it would boost citizen moral.

I have given you a recipe for deep dish pizza before on Four Seasons Kitchen, in fact it was one of my very first posts, but that one was all boring with mushrooms and pepperoni. This pizza has meatballs. Meatballs on a pizza. That's right folks- let's celebrate this "holiday" in style.

Serves 4 to 6

Although the dough is easy to make, it does take some time to rise. Pre-made dough will work too.

Pizza Dough
2 cups frozen mini meatballs
1 medium onion, sliced
100 g or 1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 red pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/2 lb mozzarella cheese, shredded
olive oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bring a small pot of water to boil. Drop in meatballs and simmer until thawed. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil and saute onion, mushrooms, pepper, garlic until just cooked and onions and mushrooms are starting to get some colour. Remove to a bowl. Drain meatballs, add to skillet and saute until browned on all sides.

Spread a tablespoon of olive oil each in two 8-inch round cake pans. Divide pizza dough in half and roll out each to fit into pan with a little dough coming up the sides. Spread each with tomato sauce, add equal amounts of onion mixture and meatballs to each. Top with cheese. Bake 20-25 minutes, until crust is browned and cheese is starting to brown. Cool in pan 5 minutes before removing and slicing to serve.

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