Prep 30 mins
Cook 25 mins
Instead of buying one of those freezer pizza's that you can't really choose the toppings on why not make a few yourself and have ready in the freezer! This tried-and-true method preserves a fresh, crisp crust even through the freezing process! The secret's in the cheese; when applied to the crust before any toppings or sauce, the cheese seals the crust against the moisture in the sauce. Do not thaw before baking!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 3⁄4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 12 ounces mozzarella cheese, grated
- 1⁄4 lb Italian sausage, browned
- 1⁄4 lb ground beef, browned
- 1⁄4 cup onion, chopped and sauteed
- 2 ounces pepperoni slices
- 1 1⁄2 cups marinara sauce
- 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- Put in automatic bread machine: place ingredients in container in following order: water, olive oil, flour, sugar, salt and yeast.
- Select Dough setting and press Start.
- Spray pizza pan with non-stick cooking spray or brush with olive oil.
- Gently stretch pizza crust to fit pan, forming raised edge at lip.
- Sprinkle crust with grated mozzarella cheese.
- Dot with browned sausage, ground beef, pepperoni and chopped and sautéed onion.
- Gently spread marinara sauce to cover cheese and toppings.
- Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and salt to taste.
- To freeze: flash freeze pizza in pan.
- When frozen, wrap in aluminum foil.
- To prepare: do not thaw pizza.
- Heat oven to 400°.
- Bake frozen pizza for 20 to 25 minutes, until crust is browned, sauce bubbles and cheese is fully melted.
Excellent pizza. We live beyond pizza delivery so this is an easy solution. Our children are grown so I made 2 small pizzas, I baked one fresh and it turned out perfectly.
We followed this format with our own pizza dough recipe and froze pizzas in foodsaver bags. (The only thing that went wrong was that we thought we could bake it right on the rack, just like a storebought frozen pizza. Well the storebought ones must be partially baked, because ours began to fall through the oven rack. Once we tried it again with a pizza pan, it worked perfectly and tasted as good as if I had made it fresh that day) Thanks for the helpful info--we will be keeping a lot more pizzas in the freezer for quick meals!
These are terrific. I used frozen whole-wheat bread dough for the crust and baked it for about 10 minutes before adding the toppings and freezing. Baking them at 400 was perfect. They're a keeper!