Bake-Off® Contest 43, 2008
Lawrenceville, Georgia

Mediterranean Pizza with Cheese-Stuffed Crust

Introduce new and delightful flavors to your family--tangy feta, fresh basil and tasty olives--on a fresh-from-your-oven pizza.

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  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 45 min
  • ingredients 15
  • servings 8
 

Ingredients

1 1/2
tablespoons cornmeal
1
can (13.8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated classic pizza crust
7
pieces (1 oz each) mozzarella string cheese (from 12-oz package), unwrapped
1/4
cup tomato sauce with basil, garlic and oregano or regular tomato sauce (from 8-oz can)
1/4
cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2
lb bulk spicy pork sausage
1/3
cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained
1
box (9 oz) Green Giant™ frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain
1/4
cup sliced ripe olives
1/4
cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
1/2
cup crumbled feta cheese (2 oz)
2
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)
2
tablespoons CRISCO® 100% Extra Virgin or Pure Olive Oil
1/2
teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2
to 1 teaspoon garlic salt

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Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 425°F. Spray 12-inch pizza pan with CRISCO® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. Sprinkle cornmeal evenly over pan. Unroll pizza crust dough on pan; press dough to at least 1 inch beyond edge of pan. Place string cheese on dough along inside edge of crust. Fold edge of dough over cheese, pressing dough down firmly and covering cheese. Pinch dough to seal.
  • 2 Spread tomato sauce evenly over dough. Sprinkle with basil.
  • 3 Heat 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until no longer pink; drain. Reduce heat to medium. Stir tomatoes and spinach into sausage until well mixed. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until spinach is heated.
  • 4 Spoon sausage mixture evenly over basil on crust. Top with ripe and pimiento-stuffed olives. Sprinkle with feta and mozzarella cheeses.
  • 5 Brush oil on edge of crust; sprinkle Italian seasoning and garlic salt on edge of crust.
  • 6 Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is deep golden brown. Let stand 2 minutes before cutting.
  • 1 Heat oven to 425°F. Spray 12-inch pizza pan with CRISCO® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. Sprinkle cornmeal evenly over pan. Unroll pizza crust dough on pan; press dough to at least 1 inch beyond edge of pan. Place string cheese on dough along inside edge of crust. Fold edge of dough over cheese, pressing dough down firmly and covering cheese. Pinch dough to seal.
  • 2 Spread tomato sauce evenly over dough. Sprinkle with basil.
  • 3 Heat 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until no longer pink; drain. Reduce heat to medium. Stir tomatoes and spinach into sausage until well mixed. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until spinach is heated.
  • 4 Spoon sausage mixture evenly over basil on crust. Top with ripe and pimiento-stuffed olives. Sprinkle with feta and mozzarella cheeses.
  • 5 Brush oil on edge of crust; sprinkle Italian seasoning and garlic salt on edge of crust.
  • 6 Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is deep golden brown. Let stand 2 minutes before cutting.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
420
(
Calories from Fat
210),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
23g
23%
(Saturated Fat
10g,
10%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
45mg
45%;
Sodium
1060mg
1060%;
Total Carbohydrate
30g
30%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
5g
5%
),
Protein
23g
23%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
60%;
Vitamin C
6%;
Calcium
45%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
®Crisco is a trademark of The J.M. Smucker Company
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