themoodyfoody - July 22nd 2020

Cheddar Stuffed Pepperoni Pizza

The first time I made this pizza it came out a hot ass mess. I was frustrated and impatient. Although it didn't come out perfect the first try, I brushed it off and tried again. In order to succeed in life, and more specifically the kitchen, you need patience and persistence. This recipe will humble you if you try to rush. Plan a day to make this pizza. If something isn't quite right, start over. Pizza isn't like a stew, you can't reverse errors.  You'll have enough ingredients for at least two tries. Remember, this is a homemade pizza from scratch. Make it your own. There are no rules.  Take your time, trust me.. it'll be worth it in the end.

Your cheese matters

Non-negotiable. Whenever you make anything with cheese- get the good shit. It's $2 more and it makes a huge difference. If you want your pizza to be extra cheesy, I recommend shredding fresh mozzarella.

Use whatever toppings you like

Negotiable. You can put anything on this pizza. I've tried this recipe with ground sausage, bbq chicken, vegetables, pineapple.... whatever pizza toppings you like, go for it!

Plan ahead, Mise en place!

Non-negotiabIe. In the culinary world, "Mis en place" means "everything in place". Have all of your ingredients laid out, ready to go. This recipe requires finesse and you'll need to be set up properly in order to achieve best results. 

Ingredients (Serves 4)

This recipe serves 4 peoples (respectively) but if your greedy like me, it serves 2!
PREP TIME: 20 MIN
COOK TIME: 15 MIN
TOTAL TIME: 35 MIN
EST PRICE: $23

For the pizza
1 lb of  room temparature pizza dough (you can buy it at the grocery store)
1 cup of pizza sauce
1 cup of shredded mozerella cheese
Toppings of choice or (1/3 cup of pepperoni)
1/4 cup of flour
1 TBSP of olive oil
1 TBSP of parsley
8oz of block cheese cut into small cubes  (preferably sharp cheddar)
1 egg white 
a bunch of basil (for garnish)


TOOLS
1 rolling pin
1  oven-safe pizza plate


Step 1. Start by rolling out your dough on a wooden or ceramic service. A counter top will also do the trick . Make sure your surface is dry and stable. Add 1 TBSP of flour to your surface and cover your rolling pin with flour. (This ensures the dough does not stick to your surface.
Roll out your dough in a circular motion until you have an even circle or oval. Don't rush this step. This is the base of your pizza. If your dough is uneven, your pizza may come out cakey or may fall apart
. For a crispier pizza, roll your dough our thinner, for a thicker more decadent pizza (think Chuck E cheese) roll your dough out thicker. 
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Step 2. After your dough is rolled out, lift the edge of the dough to create a rim around the circle, this will form as your pizza crust. See photo: 

Step 3. Cut a one inch slit in your dough crust. Cut two small additional slits add the edge of your slit. It should look like this:

 Step 4: Cut a small piece of block cheese and place it in the middle.

 Step 5: Roll up the dough until the cheese is completely covered. Roll it like a fruit roll up. Make sure its nice and tight. Take the two small pieces of dough on the sides and criss cross them to secure your cheese. Make sure this is secure. 

Step 6. Repeat this step until the entire crust is finished. Once your crust is finished, connect the pieces together carefully by molding the dough together. You should have no empty space between your stuffed crusts. Your finished product should look like this:

Step 8. Take one egg white mixed with parsley and brush it all over your crust. This will ensure your crust is crunchy and golden brown.

Step 9. Add your cheese, (as much or as little as you want) and your toppings.

Step 10. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Broil on HIGH for one minute at the end.

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