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Stuffed Pizza Football
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 35 min
  • Servings 8
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Stuffed Pizza Football

A football-shaped pizza filled with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, pepperoni and sauce.

Ingredients

1 1/2
tablespoons water
1/4
teaspoon baking soda
1
tube Pillsbury™ refrigerated thin pizza crust
1/4
cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
4
ounces pepperoni
2
cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2/3
cup Muir Glen™ tomato basil pasta sauce
1
(8 ounce) rectangular block of mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 425ºF.
  • 2 Spray football-shaped baking pan with non-stick spray and wipe out any excess.
  • 3 Heat water in the microwave for 15 seconds on high. Stir baking soda into hot water.
  • 4 Unroll pizza dough onto a silicone-baking mat. Brush top of dough with the baking soda solution.
  • 5 Flip dough over into the football-shaped baking pan, so the baking soda-brushed side is underneath, touching the pan. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese onto the dough.
  • 6 Set pepperoni on a few layers of paper towels and microwave on high for 25 seconds. Pat the grease off the pepperoni using more paper towels. Put half the pepperoni over the top of the Parmesan cheese.
  • 7 Top with half of the mozzarella cheese and half of the sauce, then layer the remaining pepperoni, cheese and sauce.
  • 8 Fold the pizza dough over the fillings, pinching all the seams closed. Brush more of the baking soda solution over the dough.
  • 9 Bake for 14-16 minutes, until deep golden brown.
  • 10 Cut 4 strips from one long edge of the mozzarella cheese block. Set 1 strip at either end of the football-shaped pizza to create the stripes.
  • 11 Cut a 1/4 x 4-inch strip of cheese and set it down the middle of the football. Cut 8 thin strips for laces and set them over the middle strip.
  • 12 Pop the pizza back in the oven for about a minute to allow the cheese laces to relax and drape over the middle strip and to give the ball a more natural look. Serve immediately.
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A fun football-shaped pizza stuffed with ooey-gooey cheese and plenty of pepperoni.

As prepared by Hungry Happenings,

This football pizza will fuel hungry fans at your next game day party. 

If you love A) gathering friends and family at your house to watch the big game and B) are looking for something quick and easy to serve that’s also festive and fun, this stuffed pizza football recipe is for you! In about the time it takes for delivery, you can have a football-shaped stuffed pizza hot and ready for all the fans watching the game.

To make the pizza you'll need a football-shaped baking pan, which you can find at craft stores or cake decorating stores. With the pan in hand, all you have to do is fill the pizza with your favorite toppings and decorate it a bit to make it look like an authentic pigskin.

 

Stuffed Pizza Football

Start by spraying your pan with some non-stick spray. Heat a small amount of water in the microwave for 15 seconds on high, then stir in the baking soda. It should foam a bit but that will go down quickly. This will give the pizza crust a deep brown color and flavor it a bit like a pretzel crust.

 

Stuffed Pizza Football

Unroll the pizza dough onto a silicone-baking mat and brush some of the baking soda solution over top.

 

Stuffed Pizza Football

Flip dough over into the baking pan so that the baking soda-brushed side is underneath touching the pan. Then sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top.

 

Stuffed Pizza Football

This step is optional, but it will keep your pizza from being overly greasy. Set the pepperoni in a single layer on a few layers of paper towels and microwave on high for 25 seconds. Pat the grease off the pepperoni using more paper towels.

 

Stuffed Pizza Football

Put half the mozzarella cheese and half the pepperoni over the Parmesan cheese, then spread on half of the sauce.

 

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Repeat, layering the remaining cheese, pepperoni, and sauce.

 

Stuffed Pizza Football

Fold the pizza dough over the fillings, pinching all the seams closed.

 

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Brush more of the baking soda solution over the dough.

 

Stuffed Pizza Football

Bake for 14-16 minutes until deep golden brown. While the pizza is baking, get the decorations ready. Cut four strips from one long edge of the block of mozzarella cheese. Set one strip at either end of the football to create the stripes. Cut a 1/4-inch by 4-inch long strip of cheese and set it down the middle of the football.

 

Stuffed Pizza Football

Cut 8 thin strips for laces and set them over the middle strip. Pop the pizza back in the oven for about a minute to allow the cheese laces to relax and drape over the middle strip. This will give the football a more natural look.

 

Stuffed Pizza Football

Serve immediately and watch your football fans cheer over this cheesy, delicious treat!

 

Beth happily spends her days creating fun food and handmade chocolate and enjoys sharing step-by-step tutorials with her readers on her blog Hungry Happenings. Be sure to check out her profile to see all the other festive foods she's made for Tablespoon.com.

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