Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Cheese Stuffed Crust Sourdough Pizza

Pizza was on the menu this past weekend, and I thought I would try a little twist on the usual sourdough pizza that I make.  (If you want the sourdough pizza recipe click here).

Today I thought I would try making a Stuffed Cheese Crust Sourdough Pizza using string mozzarella cheese sticks stuffed in the crust to add a little more fun to eating the pizza.


This is my sourdough pizza crust all rolled out.  All I had to do was make the edges of the crust a little higher, and rolled the dough over the mozzarella cheese slices.


I had my homemade pizza sauce simmering while making the sourdough crust.  These are my own home canned tomatoes, and dried herbs from my garden.   I always add a bit of red cooking wine to the sauce, and a couple of drops of oregano oil... and fresh sliced basil... yum! Here is my recipe for all things spaghetti/pizza/lasagna related...

Homemade Spaghetti/Pizza/Lasagna Sauce

Pour into a medium sized saucepan 3-4 cups of canned tomatoes, and 1 small can of tomato paste, and combine.  Add 1 tsp sugar, 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning, 2-3 drops oregano oil, 1/4 cup red or white cooking wine, 1 Tbsp olive oil, and a handful of fresh diced basil leaves.  (The fresh basil leaves, in my opinion, add the most flavor to the sauce, and there is just no substitute for fresh cut basil leaves!)  I also add in about 1/4 tsp or so of red pepper flakes, but this is optional! Let it all simmer together for at least 10 minutes, or longer.  Then you can stir in your hamburger meat, or use the sauce for pizza.  


 After spreading the sourdough crust on the pan, you bake it in a 500 degree oven for approximately 7 minutes.  Pull the crust out and brush on enough olive oil to cover the crust, about 1-2 tbsp.


Then spread on your homemade pizza sauce... (we only made one pan of stuffed crust, and the others were just "plain"...)


The next step is to sprinkle on your cheese.  Here at our house, we love things on the spicy side, so we never use mozzarella cheese on pizza by itself.  I always use a heavy dose of Tillamook Pepper Jack cheese along with shredded Parmesan Romano cheese.  


Here is the "plain" pizza fresh out of the oven...



My son helped me grate up the cheese - he is a cheese lover, and I was glad to have his help grating the cheese, as it helped me with pans going in and coming out of the oven more quickly!


Tillamook Pepper jack cheese going on over the sauce, and then the pepperoni...



... and I added some pineapple to "my" side of the pizza.  My kids just like pepperoni pizza, but I tend to like different toppings, and today pineapple sounded good!


And the stuffed crust pizza coming out of the oven all golden brown and delicious!



YUM!  Luckily for us... the sourdough pizza is so filling that my teenage son ate three pieces of pizza and pronounced himself FULL!  Huh?  How often does that happen?  He had just finished telling me that he could eat a whole pizza by himself while we were working on the pizza... lol! So we were able to freeze one extra pizza for another dinner!  win-win!

Well, one thing I've learned from baking with sourdough is that it does not leave a "heavy" feeling in your stomach after eating it,  unlike other kinds of breads with yeast in them.  We have also found that sourdough seems to fill you up sooner, and doesn't make your stomach feel like you're carrying around a ton of rocks either.  It has become the bread of choice around here!

You can make a stuffed crust pizza with any pizza crust recipe, although it certainly paired wonderfully with sourdough!  I am loving all my sourdough adventures... so how about you?  Any luck, adventures, tips or tricks with sourdough?  I'd love to hear if you have.  :)

19 comments:

  1. Mmm... looks wonderful! I've done that before, too... But I didn't bake it long enough to get all the cheese melted. :-\ Rats.

    Your post reminds me I have cauliflower in the refrigerator to make pizza "crust." You just planned my dinner tomorrow!! haha :-)

    ~Raquel
    www.atthenewlyweds.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh that does stink... but hey, you could always stick the pizza back in the oven for a little more time! I've done that before! Let me know how your cauliflower pizza turns out tonight, I've heard quite good things about that!

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  2. While reading your post I really got a craving for pizza today.The pictures are wonderful <3 ,looks so yummy.
    Hugs
    Caroline

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    1. Yes, seeing pictures of yummy food has a way of doing that to you! Thank you for your visit today Caroline, and hope your day is wonderful! :)

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  3. Oh, my word! This sounds and looks just wonderful! I would never have thought to put the cheese sticks in there like that. What a great idea! I love your blog...you are a blessing here. :)

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    1. I'm so glad something simple has inspired you! Isn't it wonderful how blogging can bring such inspiration to our lives - I have been inspired so many times. I appreciate you, and your love for the Lord, and your visit today meant so much. Praying your day is full of the blessings of the Lord!

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  4. You have just made me hungry for pizza. I haven't made homemade pizza for quite sometime. I would like to try the cheese stuffed crust for my next pizza. I hope that you are enjoying a homey evening. Hugs ♥ Teri

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    1. Indeed, the stuffed crust pizza was so fun to make and delicious too! Just an added extra touch to an already wonderful pizza! I appreciate your visit today, and pray the Lord blesses you in all you have to do today :) Many hugs!

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  5. Oh Oh Oh!!! Does that ever look and sound wonderful! Sour dough pizza crust, mmm... I would have never thought. Bread of any type is my love but unfortunately it does not love me. :-)
    I have heard that sour dough is not as hard on you as other dough, therefore I really must give this a try.
    I have made the gluten free dough and while it is good I'm not terribly fond of it. The good thing about it though is that it doesn't leave you carrying "rocks" in your stomach after eating it. Haha

    How nice it is to visit with you, dear friend, it's been awhile and I've missed it.
    We are home from our quick trip to Canada and I'm just trying to get back into some kind of a routine.
    Thank you for your prayers, you are a blessing.

    Joy to you! Debbie

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    1. Yes, the gluten free recipes leave somewhat to be desired. I have found that yeast bread doesn't agree with me, but I can eat sourdough bread and it doesn't bother me at all. If you lived closer to me, I would be glad to share some of my sourdough starter with you! I am so glad that you had such a wonderful trip to Canada, and I'm sure it is hectic trying to get back after such an eventful past few months. Will certainly be continuing to pray for you! I pray the presence of the Lord is with you and blesses you throughout your day today! Much love and hugs :)

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  6. Homemade pizza. Big sigh. Looks divine.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Yes, it was wonderful! It is one of our favorite meals. I used to make yeast pizza dough, but since trying the sourdough, my family prefers the sourdough crust now. It is just about divine... lol! Thanks for your sweet visit today :)

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  7. This looks great! I'll have to try the cheese sticks along the edge ~ smart idea.
    :-)

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    1. Yes, it is a yummy addition to pizza for sure! Sure appreciate your visit today, and pray the Lord continues to bless your day in a beautiful way :) Much love and hugs :)

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  8. Yummy in my tummy! My family and I love homemade pizza and adding cheese to the crust would be such a delicious bonus! What a wonderful and tasty idea, my friend :)

    Have a beautiful weekend. Hugs!

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    1. Yes, it is a fun bonus for sure! No crust leftovers on the plate! Glad you enjoyed this simple idea, and sure appreciate your visit today, sweet friend! Hope your day is wonderful, and blessed in the Lord!

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  9. I love pizza of all kinds! I've never made my own though, can you believe it?

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    1. You have never made homemade pizza? You don't know what you are missing... lol! My mom made homemade pizza every week for Sunday dinner growing up... and I just grew up thinking that homemade pizza was the best, and making it yourself so fun... if you lived closer, we could make some together... wouldn't that be fun! :) Hope your day is blessed my friend... and that your husband doesn't come up with any more difficult reasons for you to have a new blog post... lol!

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    2. Haha! I hope not too. He does like to cook though, so maybe I could keep him out of trouble by showing him your pizza recipe! Homemade pizza and no more tears! Win- win!! :) Don't work too hard this weekend!

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