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Cheesy Buffalo Turkey Grilled Flatbread

This EASY Buffalo Turkey Flatbread recipe is guaranteed to become a new favorite! Buffalo sauce, ground turkey & lots of cheese bring a ton of flavor to this simple flatbread pizza. It can easily be made on the grill or in the oven for a delicious meal!

Overhead shot of grilled buffalo turkey flatbread pizzas topped with fresh cilantro

We all know that there is nothing I love more than adding buffalo sauce to virtually anything and everything. Over the years, I’ve shared over 50 recipes with buffalo sauce on the blog. And these recipes continue to be some of the most popular!

This Cheesy Buffalo Turkey Flatbread is no exception! It’s seriously packed with flavor and always a fan favorite. You can easily make it with ground turkey, ground chicken or ground beef, depending on your preference.

While I love to toss this flatbread on the grill, it’s easy to make in the oven as well. One flatbread (or two if you’re really hungry!) is perfect for a meal. You can also slice each flatbread into quarters, then serve them as an appetizer at a party or BBQ!

This easy, cheesy recipe is made in under 45 minutes for an easy appetizer or meal anytime!

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Hawaiian Pizza with Sriracha Pizza Sauce

Delicious Hawaiian Pizza is easy to make at home! This recipe is topped with a scrumptious homemade Sriracha Pizza Sauce that will instantly become a new family favorite!

Hawaiian pizza sliced into pieces on wire baking rack

Pizza might just be the greatest food ever created. It’s carbs, sauce and cheese, plus a variety of delicious toppings all combined in one dish!

Starting a pizza recipe with a delicious dough and scrumptious sauce is the key to a great pizza. I love experimenting making different pizza sauces. The Three Cheese Jalapeno Ranch sauce that I created for this Jalapeno Sausage Pizza is an all time favorite. But this Sriracha Pizza Sauce is now tied for first!

Growing up, one of my favorite pizza restaurants in Oklahoma was Hideaway Pizza. I would always order their “Maui Magic”, a pizza topped with pineapple chunks, mandarin oranges and Canadian bacon.

This recipe is my adaptation of that delicious pizza! In this version, I added homemade Sriracha pizza sauce and swapped out the Canadian bacon for prosciutto.

The spiciness of the sriracha pizza sauce pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the pineapple and mandarin oranges. If mandarin oranges on a pizza is just too weird for you, they can always be left off. Already have ham at home? Use that in place of the prosciutto.

But for the love of Sriracha, take a little time before preparing the pizza to make this sriracha pizza sauce! The recipe makes enough for 3 pizzas. Save extra sauce in the fridge or freezer to make delicious pizzas over and over!

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Buffalo Cheesy Pizza Bread

In this easy Buffalo Cheesy Pizza Bread recipe, pizza dough is topped with garlic butter, buffalo sauce and cheese, rolled up, then topped with more buffalo garlic butter and Italian seasoning to create the ultimate game day or party appetizer!

Pizza bread filled with buffalo garlic butter and cheese, sliced on green plate with small bowl of ranch dressing and green onions

There’s no denying my love of buffalo sauce at this point in my life!

After publishing over 50 recipes with buffalo sauce on the blog and being crowned “The Queen of Buffalo Sauce” (by the official Queen crowning people of the internet 😉 ), buying buffalo sauce by the gallon has just become part of my life!

While my love of buffalo sauce started with this Buffalo Chicken Dip, it quickly led to a full on obsession after this Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Pasta (still my most popular recipe on the blog to date!)

Since then, I’ve shared recipes for Buffalo Crock Pot Mac & Cheese, Buffalo Cheesy Sausage Balls, One Pot Buffalo Taco Spaghetti,  Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers and so many others! If you have a favorite buffalo sauce recipe, comment below and let me know!

Today’s recipe for Buffalo Cheesy Pizza Bread is an all-time party favorite that originally appeared in my cookbook 5 years ago. It’s been such a hit at parties over the last few years, that I had to share it on the blog!

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Grilled Caprese French Bread Pizza

Grilled Caprese French Bread Pizza will become your new favorite summer recipe! It’s topped with juicy grilled tomatoes, creamy mozzarella cheese and fresh basil pesto. Slice it into bites for an appetizer or large slices for a seriously delicious meal!

Grilled Caprese French Bread Pizza with Balsamic Glaze

Last weekend was Memorial Day weekend, which means the unofficial start of summer!  I don’t know about y’all, but I am SO excited for grilling season and all of the fresh summer produce popping up at the local farmers markets and grocery stores!

One of my favorite salads to eat during the summer is a classic caprese salad. Over the years, I’ve put several of my own twists on the salad, like this Crispy Eggplant Caprese Salad, which is always a show-stopper at dinner parties and this Quinoa Caprese Salad, a healthy side dish I always bring to picnics and BBQs during the summer!

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Banh Mi Pizza

 Turn your favorite banh mi sandwich into a pizza with this easy and delicious Banh Mi Pizza recipe, topped with sesame ginger ground pork, fresh carrots, jalapeños, cilantro and Sriracha!

Turn your favorite banh mi sandwich into a pizza with this easy and delicious Banh Mi Pizza recipe, topped with sesame ginger ground pork, fresh carrots, jalapeños, cilantro and Sriracha!

A couple of weeks ago, I was really craving pizza, but I wanted something different. I started thinking of some of my other favorite meals that I could transform into a delicious pizza. The banh mi sandwich came to mind and I began to experiment!

On the first banh mi pizza experiment I placed the jalapenos, onions and carrots with the pork on the pizza before baking. The family consensus was that to be more true to a real banh mi sandwich, the toppings should be raw and added after the pizza was baked. I also did a little experimenting with the sauce and about 5 pizza taste-tests later, the perfect banh mi pizza was born!

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Pizza Baked Spaghetti

Toss your favorite pizza toppings, like sausage & peppers, with spaghetti & pasta sauce, then top with cheese for an easy pizza baked spaghetti recipe!

Toss your favorite pizza toppings, like sausage & peppers, with spaghetti & pasta sauce, then top with cheese for an easy pizza baked spaghetti recipe!

For a lot of families across the country, this week is back-to-school week, which means after school activities, busy schedules and the need for easy weeknight meals!

If you’re looking for new recipes to add to your weeknight menu repertoire, look no further than this pizza baked spaghetti recipe!

I tossed my favorite pizza toppings, sausage and peppers, with extra saucy spaghetti and topped the whole thing with lots of parmesan and mozzarella cheese for a meal that the entire family will love!

The best part is, the recipe only takes 14 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to bake, which makes it an easy 29 Minute Meal for busy schedules!

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Italian Sub Pizza

All of the ingredients in a traditional Italian Sub, like salami, pepperoni & provolone, top this delicious Italian Sub Pizza Recipe, easily made in under 30 minutes in the oven or on the grill!

All of the ingredients in a traditional Italian Sub, like salami, pepperoni & provolone, top this delicious Italian Sub Pizza Recipe, easily made in under 30 minutes in the oven or on the grill!

Thanks to Dietz & Watson for sponsoring this post!

There’s nothing like pizza to gather friends and family around the table! It’s a classic Italian dish that’s easily shared and everyone loves.

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Easy Breakfast Pizza

Crispy pizza crust, flavorful turkey sausage, sautéed veggies, baked eggs & parmesan cheese make up this deliciously easy breakfast pizza recipe!

Crispy pizza crust, flavorful turkey sausage, sautéed veggies, baked eggs & parmesan cheese make up this deliciously easy breakfast pizza recipe!

Today’s post is sponsored by Jennie-O. 

Is it acceptable to eat breakfast pizza for every meal?! {Please say yes, please say yes, please say yes!} Because that may or may not have happened yesterday!

While I love any kind of pizza, any time of day, I’ve totally become a sucker for breakfast pizzas! I’ve seen them popping up on tons of brunch menus in San Diego and I can’t help but order one every time,

Earlier this week, I decided to take this breakfast pizza trend into my own kitchen and whip up a delicious recipe to share on the blog!

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Thai Peanut Chicken Naan Pizza

This easy naan pizza recipe is made in under 30 minutes with Thai peanut chicken, red onion, pineapple & mozzarella for a delicious combination of flavors!

This easy naan pizza recipe is made in under 30 minutes with Thai peanut chicken, red onion, pineapple & mozzarella for a delicious combination of flavors!

Naan, naan, naan, I seriously can’t get enough naan in my life!

From La-Naan-A (yes, that’s lasagna made with garlic naan – life changing!), to Indian Naan Tacos, to Naan Pizza Rolls, I will pretty much find any way I can to eat more of this delicious Indian Flatbread!

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Naan Pizza Rolls

Mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes and basil pesto are wrapped up in garlic naan and baked into delicious pizza rolls, perfect for a party appetizer or snack!

Naan Pizza Rolls

With holiday parties in full swing, I’ve got party apps on my mind, so I partnered up with my friends at Stonefire Naan to create a recipe that’s delicious, super easy to make and perfectly festive for the holiday season!

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Buffalo Chicken Bake

This Buffalo Chicken Bake Recipe is a recreation of the Costco Chicken Bake with a  buffalo sauce twist, it’s so easy to make & totally delicious!

This Buffalo Chicken Bake Recipe is a recreation of the Costco Chicken Bake with a buffalo sauce twist, it's so easy to make & totally delicious!

I didn’t grow up near Costco, so it wasn’t until a recent trip that I discovered the infamous Costco Chicken Bake.  This signature dish at the Costco food court is filled with chicken breast strips, mozzarella, provolone and parmesan cheeses, bacon, caesar dressing and green onions.

I took this dish and put my own “Buffalo Style” spin on it with blue cheese dressing, carrots, celery and of course, buffalo sauce!

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Spicy Sausage Mini Pizzas

Sriracha pizza sauce, jalapeños, summer sausage and jalapeño cheddar cheese top this delicious mini pizza recipe. They’re perfect for game days and parties!

Spicy Sausage Mini Pizza Recipe

Growing up, my favorite month of the year was December. It just so happens to be my birthday month, there’s Christmas and Hickory Farms sets up their stand in the mall.  This means Beef Summer Sausage, Cheese Balls and Crackers are a totally acceptable meal for lunch, basically every day in my house!

Today I’m so excited to share my first recipe in partnership with Hickory Farms, a brand I’ve grown up with and loved my entire life!

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Korean BBQ Chicken Pizza

Homemade Korean BBQ sauce is tossed with shredded chicken & topped with fresh mozzarella, cilantro, green & red onions in this scrumptious pizza recipe!

Korean BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe

This Korean BBQ Sauce is my jam.

Not only am I totally hooked on it, but I’ve got my friends hooked on it too!

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Pancetta Pear Pizza

This easy pizza recipe is topped with pancetta & pears, a delicious combination of salty & sweet, perfect for dinner any night of the week!

Pancetta Pear Pizza Recipe

On my adventure to Seattle back in August, I ate at a great little pizza spot called Serious Pie on Pike Street.

Their special of the day was Pancetta Pear Pizza. It sounded delicious, so I gave it a try! And delicious it was!

Of course, I had to come home and recreate the recipe. Today I’m sharing my version of their serious-ly delicious pie!

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Jalapeño Sausage Pizza with 3 Cheese Jalapeño Ranch Sauce

This easy recipe for jalapeño sausage pizza is topped with a scrumptious homemade 3 cheese jalapeño ranch sauce for one seriously delicious pizza!

Jalapeno Sausage Pizza with 3 Cheese Jalapeno Ranch Sauce

One of my favorite things to do when visiting my friends in Phoenix is to go eat at my besties pizzeria, Jimmy and Joe’s!

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ve definitely heard me mention Jimmy & Joe’s a time, or two, or twenty! 😉

While I know that every topping combination they have is delicious, my order is always the same, Sausage, Jalapeño, Ricotta, or as I like to call it, “The Whitney”!

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Sloppy Joe Pizza Rolls

Homemade sloppy joe pizza filling is rolled up in crescent roll dough with mozzarella and parmesan cheese for a delicious and fun spin on pizza rolls!

Sloppy Joe Pizza Rolls Recipe

Let me start off with a big WELCOME to the new WhitneyBond.com! I’m so excited that you’re here!

If you’ve been visiting LittleLeopardBook.com for the last 4 years you might have noticed that over the weekend the website began redirecting all LLB links to WhitneyBond.com and the header on the website changed from “LittleLeopardBook.com – Cooking Secrets of Whitney Bond” to “WhitneyBond.com – Traditional Recipes With A Bond Girl Twist!

I wrote a post last week talking all about the rebranding and I’m so excited that it’s all happening now!

Just in case you missed the post, don’t worry, nothing is changing except for the name! You can still expect delicious new recipes coming at you every week on WhitneyBond.com, starting with these scrumptious Sloppy Joe Pizza Rolls, combining two of my childhood favorites!

This recipe took a couple of tries to perfect (you’ll see three lessons I learned throughout the recipe post!), but was well worth the time and effort to make it an absolutely amazing first recipe post on the new WhitneyBond.com!

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Buffalo Chicken Dip Pizza

Everyone’s favorite Buffalo Chicken Dip is the topping for this delicious pizza recipe, with three cheeses and grilled buffalo chicken, you can’t go wrong!

Buffalo Chicken Dip Pizza Recipe

A few weeks back I was doing some serious recipe planning for the upcoming months. I sat down and brainstormed new recipes for 6 hours straight.

Let me tell you how hungry one gets after recipe brainstorming for 6 hours straight, very hungry, only to realize that all of the recipes I’d been creating in my mind over the last 6 hours were not reality yet and I had nothing to eat for dinner. Such a buzz kill, lol!

Luckily over the next couple of weeks, all of the recipes did become a reality and some very delicious dinners were eaten, this Buffalo Chicken Dip Pizza being one of those!

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Cheesy Veggie Pizza Rolls

These cheesy veggie pizza rolls are easily tossed together and eaten as a delicious vegetarian snack, appetizer or entree!

Cheesy Veggie Pizza Rolls Recipe

Take your favorite veggie pizza toppings, roll them up in buttery crescent rolls with three different cheeses and you have these delicious veggie pizza rolls!

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Heart Shaped Pizza

This heart shaped pizza is made with a homemade deep dish crust. It’s filled with sweet Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, three cheeses & homemade sauce.

Heart Shaped Pizza Recipe

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, if I’m going to make something heart-shaped, it’s going to be pizza. Because let’s be honest, pizza is the key to my heart!

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Mashed Potato & Bacon Pizza

Mashed potato & bacon pizza is an absolutely delicious combo with the creamy potatoes & crunchy bacon, all topped off with mozzarella & parmesan cheese!

Mashed Potato & Bacon Pizza

In continuation with “Thanksgiving Leftover Week” on the blog, I’m sharing a new pizza recipe that might seem a little strange at first, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

One of my favorite pizzerias downtown San Diego, Basic, introduced me to mashed potato and bacon pizza almost 10 years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since!

Pizza: good, mashed potatoes: good, bacon: good, cheese: good, the combination: GREAT!

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Honey Fig and Bacon Brussel Sprouts Pizza

Honey figs, bacon brussel sprouts, burrata cheese & balsamic reduction top this delicious brussel sprouts pizza recipe with tons of flavor!

Honey Fig Bacon Brussel Sprouts Pizza

I’m currently sitting at my dining room table (AKA “my office”) with a big cup of french pressed coffee and a table full of pink, leopard and three year birthday party decorations.

The coffee: totally normal. The birthday decorations: not so much!

Today I will be celebrating my 3 year blogoversary with a pink & leopard themed birthday party photo shoot captured by my amazingly talented friend and photographer, Stacy Keck.

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Gluten Free Pizza Dough

This thick crust, vegan & gluten free pizza dough recipe is easy to make and delicious with your favorite pizza toppings.

Gluten Free Caprese Pizza

The struggle is real y’all. What struggle you ask? Finding gluten free pizza that doesn’t taste like cardboard!

I set out on a mission this week to make a better gluten free crust!

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Mini Polenta Pizza with Roasted Tomatoes and Bacon

Mini Polenta Pizza’s are topped with roasted tomatoes, pesto, parmesan & bacon. They’re easy to make, gluten free & make the perfect party appetizers!

Sun Dried Tomato Basil Mini Polenta Pizzas

Going “Glutenless in August” has also left me “Pizza-less in August”!

Since we’ve already established my obsession with pizza (see: Prosciutto Arugula Thin Crust Pizza, Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza and Roasted Vegetable Vegan Pizza, to name a few) you can see how this could be a problem for me!

Gluten Free Polenta Pizzas with Roasted Tomatoes and Bacon

Last week I was really craving pizza so I did what any good food blogger would do, I placed all of the delicious components of pizza on top of polenta in little ramekins to form mini polenta pizzas!

Sun Dried Tomato Mini Polenta Pizzas

While the texture isn’t the same as traditional pizza, the flavor sure is!

As I dug my fork into one of these little pizza delights, the pesto seeped into the creamy polenta, giving it amazing flavor, while the roasted tomatoes give it a burst of freshness, topped with creamy mozzarella and crispy bacon.

This dish is packed with so many amazing flavors, it was really hard to put my fork down!

Mini Polenta Pizza Ingredients

Mini Polenta Pizza Ingredients

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 18 oz prepared polenta
  • ¼ cup sun dried tomato pesto
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup sun dried tomatoes

Mini Polenta Pizza Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400°F.  Place the tomatoes and garlic on a baking sheet covered with foil.  Drizzle with the olive oil and vinegar, then top with the black pepper and fresh basil.

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Bruschetta Recipe

Place into the oven for 25 minutes.

While the tomatoes are roasting, cook the bacon until crispy.

Place the polenta in the bottom of 6 soufflé ramekins.

Gluten Free Mini Polenta Pizzas

Top with the pesto.

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Polenta Pizzas

Then the roasted tomatoes and garlic.

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Polenta Pizzas

Add the mozzarella cheese.

Mini Roasted Tomato Mozzarella Pizzas

Top with the crispy bacon.

Individual Tomato Bacon Polenta Pizzas

Place into the 400° oven for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Individual Gluten Free Polenta Pizzas

Top with the sun dried tomatoes and garnish with additional basil.

Sun Dried Tomato Basil Bacon Polenta Pizzas

Sometimes a random craving will lead to a beautiful new discovery. This dish is definitely one delightful discovery!

Sun Dried Tomato Mozzarella Polenta Pizzas

I ate two of these for dinner, but one would be great as a starter or hors d’oeuvre at a dinner party!

The presentation is beautiful and they look as if they’re “high maintenance pies” but really they’re very quick and easy to prepare!

Sun Dried Tomato Basil Mini Polenta Pizzas
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Mini Polenta Pizzas with Roasted Tomatoes and Bacon

Mini Polenta Pizza's are topped with roasted tomatoes, pesto, parmesan & bacon. They're easy to make, gluten free & make the perfect party appetizers!

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 mini pizzas
Calories 272 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 18 oz prepared polenta
  • ¼ cup sun dried tomato pesto
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • ¼ cup sun dried tomatoes julienned

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  2. Place the tomatoes and garlic on a baking sheet covered with foil.

  3. Drizzle with the olive oil and vinegar, then top with the black pepper and fresh basil.
  4. Place into the oven for 25 minutes.
  5. While the tomatoes are roasting, fry the bacon on the stove in a large skillet over medium high heat until crispy.

  6. Place the polenta in the bottom of 6 soufflé ramekins.

  7. Top with the pesto, roasted tomatoes and garlic.
  8. Add the mozzarella cheese, then the crispy bacon.
  9. Place into the 400°F oven for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

  10. Top with the sun dried tomatoes and garnish with additional basil.

Prosciutto Arugula Thin Crust Pizza

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Hi, my name is Whitney and I’m a pizza addict.  Yes, I will admit, I have probably never met a pizza I didn’t like.

That could be the reason this is my 4th pizza recipe on the blog.  From thin crust, to deep dish, vegan to gluten-free, I’m a fan!

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Ingredients (crust – makes 1 pizza)

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 oz yeast
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt

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Ingredients (toppings)

  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 4 oz prosciutto
  • 1/4 cup romano cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Start making the crust by combining the water and yeast.  Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes or until the mixture begins to bubble.

Next, add the flour, salt and mix until a solid ball forms. Knead the ball of dough for 5 minutes then place into a large greased bowl and cover.

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Allow to rise for 30-45 minutes then place the dough on a baking sheet and roll into a thin crust.

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Action shot!

Next, spread the pizza sauce on top.  I used the same recipe that I used on my deep dish pizza because it was amazing! I highly recommend you do the same!

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Next, top with 2 cups of the arugula.

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Then with the strips of prosciutto.

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Finally top with the parmesan and romano cheeses.

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Bake at 425°F for 10-12 minutes.  Remove from the oven and top with the additional cup of arugula.

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Voila!  Pizza Pie Perfection!

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Slice in and get down on this bad boy!

My new favorite pizza toppings, prosciutto and arugula!

Great combination in life, especially amazing on pizza!

Deep Dish Pizza with Chunky Tomato Sauce

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

My last night in Oklahoma I decided to make one of my families favorites, pizza! The result was a thick and delicious deep dish pizza with one amazing sauce!

Deep Dish Pizza Ingredients

Ingredients (crust – makes 2 12″ crusts)

  • 1/4 oz yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Start by combining the yeast and water in a large bowl. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture bubbles.

Next, add the flour, salt, olive oil and cornmeal.

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Mix well until a large ball forms.

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Next, place onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Now, place the ball back into a bowl covered in cooking spray.

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for an hour.

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Ok, don’t tell me that didn’t just amaze you!?  Every time, the fact that this little ball turns into this giant monster just baffles me!  It’s the little things in life people! 🙂

Now it’s time to deflate the amazingness and form the dough in a cast iron skillet.

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Now it’s time to take it back a couple notches. Remember that hour while you were waiting for the amazing dough transformation? Yes, that hour while you were sipping wine and relaxing?  Oh yeah, that one!  Lets throw a little sauce making in there as well!

Chunky Tomato Marinara Ingredients

Ingredients (sauce – makes app. 4 cups)

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 tomatoes (pureed in food processor or blender)
  • 1 can (28 oz) peeled plum tomatoes (roughly chopped)
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet, then sauté the garlic for 1 minute in the oil.

Chunky Tomato Marinara Recipe

Next add the pureed tomatoes, chopped plum tomatoes, tomato paste and red wine to the garlic.

Chunky Tomato Marinara Recipe

Now it’s time to add in the spices!

Chunky Tomato Marinara Recipe

Mix together and bring to a simmer.

Chunky Tomato Marinara Recipe

Cover and cook on low for 20-25 minutes.

Let me tell you people, this sauce is a-m-a-z-i-n-g! The secret: red wine, obviously!  Doesn’t wine make everything better?

Now it’s time to prepare the toppings.  I went traditional with pepperoni, but added a kick with red peppers and the creamy goodness of fresh mozzarella.

Deep Dish Pizza Toppings

Ingredients (toppings)

  • 25 pepperoni slices
  • 1/2 roasted red bell pepper (sliced)
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan

While the sauce is simmering and dough is rising place the pepperonis in a skillet to cook off some of the grease.

Fried Pepperonis

After 5-7 minutes, remove the pepperonis and place in between 2 paper towels to soak up the grease.

At this time, roast the bell pepper over an open flame on the stove or grill or place the bell pepper on a baking dish closest to the heat source in the oven at 450°F for 20 minutes or until the outside skin is charred. Allow to cool then remove the blackened skin and cut into slices.

At this point we should be ready to put this baby together! Start by arranging the pepperonis on the crust.

Pepperoni Deep Dish Pizza

Next add the red bell peppers.

Pepperoni Red Pepper Deep Dish Pizza

Now top with slices of mozzarella cheese.

Pepperoni Mozzarella Deep Dish Pizza

Add the parmesan cheese then smother this baby with that amazing sauce.

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Yes, I added some additional shredded mozzarella, don’t judge me, my family loves cheese! You’re welcome to do the same, I won’t judge 🙂

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Now pop this pie in the oven at 425°F for 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and sauce is bubbling.

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Love that fresh mozzarella peaking through screaming “eat me, eat me!”

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Start slicing and dig in!

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Deep Dish Pizza with Chunky Tomato Pizza Sauce

This scrumptious recipe for deep dish pizza with chunky tomato sauce, pepperonis & mozzarella cheese is perfect for the thick crust pizza lover!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rising Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 484 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

Deep Dish Pizza Dough

  • 1/4 oz yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Chunky Tomato Pizza Sauce

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tomatoes pureed in food processor or blender
  • 28 oz peeled plum tomatoes roughly chopped
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Pizza Toppings

  • 25 pepperoni slices
  • 1/2 roasted red bell pepper sliced
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese sliced
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese shredded

Instructions

Deep Dish Pizza Dough

  1. Combine the yeast and water in a large bowl. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture bubbles.

  2. Add the flour, salt, olive oil and cornmeal.

  3. Mix well until a large ball forms.
  4. Place onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.

  5. Place the ball into a bowl covered in cooking spray.

  6. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for an hour.
  7. Punch the dough down and divide in half. Form the dough in two 10" cast iron skillets or make one pizza in a cast iron skillet now and save the other half of the dough for later.

Chunky Tomato Pizza Sauce

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet,.
  2. Sauté the garlic for 1 minute in the oil.
  3. Add the pureed tomatoes, chopped plum tomatoes, tomato paste and red wine to the garlic.
  4. Add the basil, parsley, pepper, oregano and salt.
  5. Mix together and bring to a simmer.
  6. Cover and cook on low for 20-25 minutes.

Pepperoni Pizza

  1. While the sauce is simmering and dough is rising place the pepperonis in a skillet on the stove over medium heat to cook off some of the grease.

  2. After 5-7 minutes, remove the pepperonis and place in between 2 paper towels to soak up the grease.
  3. Arrange the pepperonis on the crust in the cast iron skillet.

  4. Add the red bell peppers.
  5. Top with slices of mozzarella cheese.
  6. Add the parmesan cheese, then cover with the chunky tomato pizza sauce.
  7. Place in the oven at 425°F for 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and sauce is bubbling.

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes enough dough and sauce for two deep dish pizzas.