No need to cancel pizza night, This Stuffed Crust Pizza will definitely make your family pizza night extra special because it is made from the comfort of your own home.
I know we all miss late night out, pizza night, movie night and weekends with family and friends outside. And so today I thought let’s make some pizza at home. In Today’s post, I am going to teach you how to make a stuffed crust pizza. Remember Pizza Hut famous Classic Stuffed crust pizza? We are going to recreate that at home. I made this couple of times and I cannot express how much I love it. I know you will love this too. So let’s get to it. I prepared a short video to make our lesson more fun and easy. Plus I really want you to see how easy it is to make this at home.
Then there’s this sense of accomplishment that you were able to make one from scratch, delivery cannot do that..
This stuffed crust pizza is so easy to make that you can now make it at the comfort of your own home. Quite a lot of times before, my option were either to eat out or to order for delivery but now those days were gone. Since I started making homemade bread, I made it my mission to make my homemade version whenever I can, just like this pizza. I know it’s not as easy as just dialing the number and having someone hand it to you, but making homemade pizza has its own perks too. You can use whatever toppings you like and you can add more toppings without having to pay more. Then there’s this sense of accomplishment that you were able to make one from scratch, delivery cannot do that. Plus, for me it was a really fun thing to do. I love to pile my pizza with whatever I can find suitable in my refrigerator, and I like the excitement of waiting for it to come out from the oven. The waiting is the hard part, but the rest of the process is really simple.
I’ve created a short video when I was making it, I’m hoping that after watching it you will decided to give it a try. If you do that, let me know how it goes for you.
How to Make Stuffed Crust
The steps are simple, and I’ve said that already.
- Make the Pizza Dough: You will need a pizza dough, you can make one using my recipe in this post Easy Homemade Pizza Dough or you can also use store-bought.
- Press Pizza Dough in a Pan: Once you have that settled, lay it out on a pizza try or a large baking try to start pushing it to cover the pizza pan. I use a 16-inch pizza pan for the video, but you can make a smaller size of wither 10 or 12-inch. Alternatively, you can also use a rolling-pin and shape the dough in circle then transfer it to the pan once done. Allocate at least 2-inches allowance, you will need it for folding. The more over hang you have, the thicker the edge will be. I like it that way.
- Arrange String Cheese: Then the fun part is arranging the string cheese around the edge of the pan and then folding the over hang to cover the string cheese. String cheese is what makes this process easier, no need to cut or grate. Simply arrange it on the side.
- Fold and Seal: Make sure to seal folded dough completely, I used water just to brush the sides before folding and sealing it. That’s about it! You now have a classic stuffed crust pizza, decorate it and add toppings as desired.
So, what do you think? Looks like a lot fun to make, right? I hope you will give it try. Let’s get started!
Tip in Making Homemade Pizza
- Among all the few steps in making this stuffed crust pizza, I want to stress in this one step that is very important. The folding and sealing of the dough. When doing this, make sure to fold, tuck and seal the dough as tight as possible. This is to avoid the cheese from bursting from the dough. It is still going be edible, but it will look better if you have the sides tightly sealed so you get the cheese tapped inside the dough. So remember, fold, tuck and press to seal. Easy breezy.
- Stuffed crust pizza is best made for larger size rather than personal size. This is because of the need to fold Ar least 2-inches of the dough. Make sure to add 2-inch allowance. If you want an end product of 8-inch pizza, you have to shape the pizza dough to 10-inches.
- Bake immediately as soon as you add the toppings. If you plan to serve it later, I suggest you keep the pizza inside the refrigerator or even in the freeze but not in room temperature. The reason for this is because if you leave it in took temperature say 1 hour, the pizza dough will rise because it has a leavening agent added to it. It will get fluffy and not sense and chewy. I made this mistake once and I ended up with a puff-up pizza, almost like a flatbread. So, cover it with parchment paper and put the try in the refrigerator or freezer. When ready to bake, bake straight from the refrigerator or freezer. You may need to add 3-5 more minutes in the baking time.
- Homemade Pizza Dough
- 8 string Mozzarella Cheese (more or less depending on the pizza size you are making)
Make the Pizza Dough. You can use store-bought or Homemade. I have a recipe with VIDEO on my website. Watch the video now and get the RECIPE HERE
Lay the dough onto the pizza pan and start pushing to cover the pan with the pizza dough, leaving an extra o 1-1/2 inch over hang or extra on the side. You will need this to cover the cheese later. Alternatively, you can also use a rolling-pin to flatten the dough and shape it into circle. Transfer in the pizza pan or baking tray.
Arrange string cheese around the sides of the pan. I used 16-inch pizza pan and used 8 string cheese to stuff the sides. Fold the extra hanging dough to cover and seal the string cheese. Brush the inner side with water before folding to help seal the dough. Fold the overhang dough, and tuck it then press it to seal it. Fold and tuck as tight as possible to avoid the cheese from exploding out of the dough.
Dust top and sides with flour. That’s it! You now have a stuffed crust pizza available for use!
Add Toppings of Your Choice. You can make any pizza variation that you like and add toppings of your choice. I made a half and half pizza. Half vegetarian, half with beef.
Bake Later: Alternatively, you can keep the dough in the refrigerator and add toppings when you are ready to bake it. You can also freeze the pizza crust.
Bake. Bake at 475F for 14- 16 minutes or until the crust has turned golden brown and the cheese has melted.
You can make a stuffed crust pizza ahead of time. Shape and stuff the pizza crust on top of cutting board or counter lined with a parchment paper. Transfer the pizza dough in the freezer for about 2 hours. Once solid hard, wrap with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and keep in the freezer. Bake straight from the freezer, or leave overnight in the refrigerator. If you want to add toppings, avoid using toppings that have a lot of moisture, like fresh tomato. Onions, bell peppers, mushroom and cheese are good option.
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