For the crust I used my trusted French Bread recipe. It's on this blog, but I will post it again so it's on the same page.
Ingredients for Crust:
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 2 Tbsp oil
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 cups hot tap water
- 2 cups mulitgrain flour
- 2 1/2 - 3 cups unbleached flour
- 2 Tbsp instant (quick rise) yeast
Ingredients for topping:
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 pkg sloppy joe seasoning
- 3 Tbsp tomato paste
- thin slices of pepper, any color (optional)
- 4 cups cheese (mix of favorites or mozzarella)
- 1 Tbsp freeze dried basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- sprinkle of crushed chilies (for those who like a bit of heat)
Method for Crust:
- Put sugar, oil and salt in mixing bowl. Add hot water and stir in two cups flour.
- Stir in the yeast and add 1/2 cup of flour at a time stirring until all the flour is mixed in well.
- Knead for a few minutes until smooth.
- Cover with towel and plastic bag and let rise for 20 - 30 minutes.
- With greased or floured hands, scoop around the edge of the risen dough to deflate.
- Pinch off about 2/3 of the dough to spread out on a greased 11 X 17 inch pan. If your pan is smaller, use half the recipe for one pizza or if using medium sized pizza pans, divide the dough into three. (Use any leftover dough to form a loaf, cut shallow lines into it, cover, let rise and bake 20 minutes.)
- Once you have spread the dough on the pan, let it rise for 30 minutes
- Bake at 400 F for about 10 minutes... only until just done.
Method for Pizza:
- While dough is rising . . .brown the meat.
- Add seasoning, tomato paste and 1/2 cup water.
- Cook 5 - 10 minutes.
- Spread on baked pizza crust (hot or cold)
- Cover with sliced pepper if desired, or just cheese.
- Sprinkle with basil and oregano. Hot pepper flakes if desired.
- Bake about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
- Large cookie sheet serves 6-8