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More pizza for the Super Bowl

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In yesterday's article, I wrote about how popular pizza is at Super Bowl gatherings. I gave a recipe for "Vegetable Pizza" and today and all this week, I'll be continuing with recipes that would fit perfectly at a Super Bowl party. If you missed yesterday's recipe by chance, here's the link so you can get it:

http://www.examiner.com/article/preparing-for-the-super-bowl-with-pizza

Let's look now at a more traditional pizza, which is for "Easy Deep Dish Pizza". This is a thick-crusted pizza that has many of the ingredients you commonly use in preparing it. This one has a crust that's made with packaged biscuit mix, so there's no yeast involved here. Ground beef, along with garlic, onion, pepperoni, and two types of cheese make up this pizza. When it's all assembled, it goes into a hot oven and in about 20 minutes, it's ready to dish out!

If you wanted to, you could use ground turkey breast in place of the ground beef. However, make sure to use turkey breast. Regular ground turkey can also contain ground turkey skin, which means more fat. Also, though I've never tried it, you could try this with the Reduced-Fat Bisquick mix if you would like to try trimming some calories. Personally, since this is a special occasion, I would use the regular ground beef and regular Bisquick this once!

This recipe also contains instant bouillon, which is an interesting ingredient in pizza. This calls for the granular version, but if you have the cubes, two cubes should work fine. If you would like to get creative with this recipe, you can use whichever other toppings you choose. Some don't care for pepperoni, so you could omit this and use cooked bacon or even some chopped green pepper. If you'd rather use all Mozzarella cheese instead of American cheese, you can do that, too. This is one of those recipes that encourages creativity!

If you'd like to see a video about food served on Super Bowl Sunday, here's the link to one from last year that's quite interesting:

http://www.examiner.com/article/it-s-all-about-the-food-on-super-bowl-day

So, come this Sunday, have pizza at your party, fresh and homemade!

EASY DEEP DISH PIZZA

  • 3 cups Bisquick baking mix
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2-3 teaspoons beef flavored instant bouillon or 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 pkg. pepperoni
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded American cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease a jelly roll pan, measuring about 15-1/2 x 101/2 x 1 inches or a cookie sheet. Mix the biscuit mix with water until a soft dough forms. Pat dough in the bottom and up the sides of the pan with well-floured hands. For a cookie sheet, roll out dough into a 13 x 10 inch rectangle. Place on the cookie sheet, pinching up edges to form a 3/4 inch rim. Cook and stir ground beef, onion, bouillon and garlic until beef is browned and bouillon is dissolved, draining any fat. Mix tomato sauce with oregano and spread evenly over the dough. Spoon beef mixture evenly over the sauce. Top with the pepperoni and both cheeses. Bake until crust is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Yield: 6-8 servings.

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