Gluten Free Chorizo, Chili & Mushroom Stuffed Crust Pizza

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

stuffed crust pizza
Apart from convenience, one of the best things about pizza shop pizzas is stuffed crust. I have vivid memories from the 90s when stuffed crust pizza was first introduced at Pizza Hut. It was around the time of Clear Pepsi and Friday nights were never the same again. Thank you, Chaz Romano for inventing stuffed crust pizzas.

It's not difficult, to make your own stuffed crust (thankfully). There's something satisfying about creating your own pizza shop pie from the comfort of your home. I'm keen to develop this recipe further, perhaps stuff the crust with other things too. Oh, and next time, I've been instructed to add more cheese to the crust!

I'll say this: if you plan on making this pizza, add more cheese than you think. It takes quite a bit to pack it out the way it's done in the shops. I used shredded cheese, but I'm thinking string cheese would be really interesting. That way, you wouldn't have any air pockets between the cheese and the crust.

For the pizza
(Of course, the very nature of pizza is that its topping are subjective, so substitute and use what toppings you prefer.)
1 pack of sliced, cooked chorizo
2 tbsp passata
Edam or chosen variety cheese
variety of frozen mushrooms, sliced
frozen red peppers and chilies, sliced
Italian seasoning with chili flakes
Gluten free pizza dough

All right, let's cook:
Roll out your pizza dough onto a lightly greased baking tray. Place cheese about 2 cms from the edge of the dough. Fold dough over, covering the cheese and press down to form a seal. Repeat all the way around the edge of the pizza. Remember, use more cheese than you think you need.
Spread the passata onto the base of the pizza. Top with a sprinkling of cheese and then assemble as you wish. I put the chorizo on top of the cheese, followed by the mushrooms, chili and peppers and a little bit more cheese. Lastly, I sprinkled over the Italian seasoning, being sure to sprinkle some on the crust.

Spray the entire pizza with cooking spray and bake at 200C for about 20 minutes or until desired doneness.  Serve up and enjoy!

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