Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Pizza

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Today’s recipe, my friends, is a very indulgent one. But it’s pouring rain, dark and dreary and oh so chilly here, so let’s just have a little pizza today, okay?

Amazing cheesy stuffed crust pizza

Not just regular pizza, this one has a stuffed crust. In my defense, though, the cheese stuffed in the crust is part-skim, so that counts, right? I actually originally made this for work but they decided against another pizza recipe (which is crazy to me, because one can never have enough pizza) so instead of letting a perfectly good recipe go to waste, I thought I’d share it with you. I mean, what kind of person would I be if I let a cheesy and delicious pizza recipe go to the trash? A bad person, that’s who.

super cheesy stuffed crust pizza

Plus, I’m kind of toying with the idea of changing things up around here. But that is something y’all already know, right? In addition to sharing a travel spotlight every week (starting tomorrow, Travel Thursday!) I’m thinking I might share a fun and indulgent recipe a few times a month too. Because sometimes, I eat stuffed crust pizza and I definitely don’t feel bad about it.

Amazing cheese pizza

This blogging world is hard, sometimes. You have so many people telling you to stick to one niche and never branch out. And then there are others who say blog whatever you want since it’s your online world. I’m constantly torn between sharing recipes that I love to make (which aren’t healthy at all) and ones that are lower fat, lower calorie and fit with my whole theme.

Best amazing pizza

But to be honest, I’m so different than I was when I started this blog. I’ve replaced my desire to get a masters in nutrition with one to attend culinary school abroad. I still eat healthfully most of the time and love making healthy foods delicious, but I also love baking with butter and stuffed my pizza crust with cheese.Sometimes I’m not sure what to do and where to go with this blog. So in the meantime, I’m just going to have a little fun and share every amazing recipe I make with you guys, even if it’s not skinny, healthy or low fat.

Because who wants to eat like that EVERY DAY? (Says the girl eating a spoonful of peanut butter for breakfast).

Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Pizza

  Cheesy stuffed pizza

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Serves 8 – 10.
Prep time: 10 – 12 minutes
Cook time: 16 – 18 minutes

Ingredients: 

For the crust: 

  • 1 package of active dry yeast (0.25 ounce package)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Dash of salt
  • 7 part skim mozzarella cheese sticks

For the toppings:

  • 1/2 cup your favorite pizza sauce
  • 2 cups part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 16 – 20 slices of turkey pepperoni
  • Crushed red pepper

Directions: 

  1. In a large bowl, mix the yeast, honey and warm water together. Let sit for about 10 minutes, or until foamy. Add in the flour and olive oil and stir until a soft dough forms. Sprinkle the flour on a hard surface and knead with floured hands until soft and elastic, about 4 – 6 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Roll the dough out to 12 – 14 inches using a floured rolling pin. Grease a 12 inch pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray and dust with a bit of cornmeal.
  3. Place the cheese sticks around the inside edges of the crust, leaving a one-inch border on the outside. Carefully roll the dough over the cheese sticks and press tightly into the other dough to secure. You want the cheese sticks to be completely covered by dough and the edges pressed down tightly.
  4. Spread the pizza sauce over the center of the crust. Top with mozzarella cheese and crushed red pepper. Decorate with the turkey pepperoni.
  5. Bake for 14 – 18 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.

Nutritional information per slice:

Calories: 265.5
Fat: 12.2 grams
Carbohydrates: 24.4 grams
Fiber: 5 grams
Protein: 16.2 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 8

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Comments

  1. Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
    i know what the feeling you mentioned on feeling torn. Being a dietitian, im expected to share low-fat sugar-free all healthy stuff but thats just not who im. I like pizza, wine, and chocolate too much! And the more i have blogged, i have realized that its my place and i will share what feels best and keeps me happy :) Im so excited to see new things coming to your blog.
  2. Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
    This is perfect. Seriously, I want to drool looking at these photos. I stay away...far far away...from pizza but this makes me want to whip out the pizza stone and make this for dinner!
  3. Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
    OH. MY. YUM. I can't wait to make this at home. My guilty pleasure is Pizza Hut's stuffed crust. Gross. I know. I love making homemade pizza, but will definitely mix it up with this stuffed crust! :)
  4. Posted by Meagan @ A Zesty Bite on
    Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
    Bring on the pizza. People need balance in their lives but everyone needs a little pizza once in a while. Do what ever makes you happy!
  5. Posted by Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom on
    Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
    Oh my goodness that looks fabulous!
  6. Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
    Our weather here right now is not pretty at all and I could sure go for this pizza! In front of the fire, of course.
  7. Posted by GiGi Eats on
    Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
    I WILL NEVER EVER EVER EVER forget Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Pizza - IT WAS THE BEST THING ON EARTH. Ugh! And now you have just got my appetite drooling for it!
  8. Posted by christne on
    Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
    This is one seriously good lookn pizza. My dad owned a pizza shop for years so I love to experiment w/ pizza. I think this might be my next one.
  9. Posted by Heather // girlichef on
    Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
    This is definitely some good comfort food. I say go with your gut - you've gotta do what feels right :)
  10. Posted by Kim Beaulieu on
    Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
    We tend to follow the "eat good food during the week so we can eat like 8 year old kids on the weekend" rule. It works. Indulge, life is too short to eat food you don't love. Plus I think readers love reality, they dig knowing they are not alone in wanting a stuffed crust pizza. It makes us all human.

    I love pizza, so I would want to eat this whole pie all by my lonesome.
  11. Posted by Anita on
    Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
    I'm trying to branch out too - you change as a person and you can't write about the same things forever! I'm glad you did this pizza post - it looks seriously good!
  12. Posted by Richard Neva on
    Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
    Looks good to me but I spend too much money at the grocery store buying all those ingredients!
  13. Posted by Marjory @ Dinner-Mom on
    Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
    You gotta splurge every so often...and this would be it for me. Yum!
  14. Posted by Angela |Mind Over Batter on
    Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
    I splurge every so often, and I think this time I'll splurge on this stuffed crust pizza!!
  15. Posted by Nutmeg Nanny on
    Friday, October 24th, 2014
    Growing up I remember ordering the stuffed crust pizza from Pizza Hut. It was always such a treat! I love that I can make this at home and I guarantee with your recipe it would taste a 100 times better!
  16. Posted by Meseidy on
    Friday, October 24th, 2014
    People need balance! Pizza once in a while is a necessity in live and this pizza is perfect!