I was looking on Facebook about a week ago when I came across this video for pizza pot pie. It is a dish from a pizza restaurant in Chicago featured on Food Network. They didn't give the actual recipe, but I decided that I could figure it out for myself. It didn't come out quite as pretty as the one on the video, but it sure did taste good! Here is how I did it:
The Pizza Dough
When my middle son was in cub scouts, the boys made cookbooks one year to give as gifts to their mothers. My son included our family pizza dough recipe. I still have that cookbook and always use the recipe from it when I make pizza dough. There are a couple of other good recipes in there that I like as well. I guess I could consolidate into a different book, but I love to remember these cute boys when they were little and you should see some of their handwriting!
1 package of yeast, or I use 1 1/2 T.
1 c. plus 2 T. warm water
2 T. shortening
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
3 c. flour
Dissolve the yeast in the water. Proof. Add the sugar, salt and shortening. Blend in the flour. Knead slightly. Rub dough in oil and let stand for 20 min. to rise. Makes 2 pizza crusts. (or 1 thicker crust.)
While the dough is rising, make the sauce. The description on Food Network said that the restaurant uses a homemade sausage in the sauce. I used mild Italian sausage from the store. I browned it with onions and garlic in a little olive oil. Then I added two cans of tomato sauce, oregano, basil and a little sugar. It made a nice sauce.
1 lb. mild Italien pork sausage
1/2 small chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, put through a press
1 T. oregano
1 T. basil
2 15 oz cans tomato sauce
1/2 can water
1 tsp. sugar
(seasonings are to taste)
Brown the sausage in a skillet in 1 T. olive oil with the onions and garlic. When brown, sprinkle the seasonings over the top and stir all together. Add the tomato sauce, water and sugar. Simmer until ready to use.
Now you are ready to assemble the pie. Click on the pictures to see the directions.
I set all of my bowls on a round pizza pan. I let them rise a couple of minutes, but I had to be somewhere, so in retrospect, I would have let them rise a little longer if I had enough time. I slid them into a 400 degree oven and baked them for about 20-25 min., until the tops are nicely browned.
I made 5 good sized pies. I think a custard cup size would have been plenty! So, this recipe will make quite a few of these little beauties. I had dough and sauce left over, so look! I made a regular pizza on the side!
I hope you give this recipe a try! Let me know if you figure our any tips to make it easier or better. I will probably be tweaking it as I make it more often.
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!