Friday, April 18, 2014

Husband’s Choice–Stuffed Pizza

This week my husband’s cookbook selection was the Betty Crocker Ultimate Bisquick Cookbook, published in 2009. After selecting several delicious sounding recipes, he settled on Stuffed Pizza. Last night was the perfect time to make it since our older son was coming for dinner, which would mean not a lot of leftovers! Everyone loved it and said that it should be put into the regular menu rotation! Here it is….

SDC10323Just out of the oven.

SDC10326Time to eat.

This filling recipe is one I think you’ll enjoy. It doesn’t use a lot of strange ingredients, and the crust is made from Bisquick – what could be easier?

STUFFED PIZZA

1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
1/2 pound lean ground beef
3 1/3 cups Bisquick
3/4 cup cold water
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (12 ounces)
1 jar (14 to 15 ounces) pizza sauce
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped green sweet pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray 9x13” baking dish with cooking spray. In skillet, brown sausage and ground beef, stirring often; drain.

In large bowl, combine Bisquick and water until a dough forms. Divide into 2 parts, with 1 slightly larger than the other. On a surface sprinkled with Bisquick, roll out the larger portion to a 14x16” rectangle. Fold crosswise into thirds, place in center of dish and unfold. Press on bottom and up sides of dish. On top of crust, layer 1 cup cheese, 3/4 cup pizza sauce, all the meat mixture, mushrooms, green pepper and 1 1/2 cups cheese.

Roll the second dough ball into a 9x13” rectangle. Fold crosswise into thirds and layer over cheese. Press top and bottom crusts together, sealing well. Make small slits in top crust. Spread with remaining pizza sauce and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

Bake, uncovered, for 22 to 25 minutes or until edges of crust are golden brown.

Makes 8 servings.

Recipe adapted from the Bisquick cookbook recipe. My husband doesn’t care for Italian sausage, so we substituted regular sausage. I had some trouble getting the crust as large as it needed to be (and in a good rectangle shape), but when the top crust was added I was able to pull everything together and seal it well.

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This one was a winner - wonder what he’ll come up with this coming week??
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Today is Good Friday, with Easter on Sunday. I wish you all a Happy Easter!

Tomorrow is Husband Appreciation Day – and I certainly appreciate my dear husband of almost 47 years! He’s a faithful, caring husband and father. It will also be Record Store Day. On a similar note, I did a post about vinyl records, record players and a bit of history on August 12 of last year – check it out in the Archives.

Monday will be National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day, and on Tuesday we celebrate Earth Day and National Jelly Bean Day.

Look for the rest of April’s observances on the “Holidays” page!
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The first grass cutting of the year is going on right now. He's out there riding around on the mower with a big smile on his face! It does smell so good out there, and the weather is absolutely perfect. Not too hot, not too cold. He's a happy man!

We're having our Easter dinner tomorrow since our daughter and her family have other folks to visit on Sunday. It works well for all of us.

The menu is: spiral-sliced ham, potato salad, deviled eggs, coleslaw, Watergate Salad, corn on the cob, a relish tray, dinner rolls. My daughter is contributing her "world-famous" baked beans and monkey bread. Yum! For dessert we have chocolate covered cherry cake and vanilla sprinkle bars.

I decided to go with a summer/picnic-style meal, and I think it will be a good one!

Now I'd better get to work doing some food preparation. Back later in the week.
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Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for reading!

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