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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Deep Dish French Bread Pizza”

Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Deep Dish French Bread Pizza”

Pizza is one of those foods that are impossible to hate. Even if you don’t like the traditional toppings, you can mix and match and create your own version that suits your particular palate. It is a no-fuss, no-worry dish to serve at any party.

No surprise that I prefer NY style pizza over any others. My particular favorite is John’s on Bleecker Street, enjoyed in a hard, wood booth in the grungy building, surrounded by autographed photos and strange murals of Italy. If I were to only eat one type of pizza for the rest of my life it would be theirs. However, I’m not above other styles of the savory pie. Since we are heading into Chicago to face the White Sox this weekend, I thought I’d give a deep dish a go. I made this version using hollowed out club rolls so I didn’t have to mess with getting the dough right. The result is a hearty, belly-busting dish that is packed with flavor. They actually turned out so well that they will be making many repeat appearances on our dinner table.

 

Deep Dish French Bread Pizza

Serves 5

For the sauce:

1 14.5 oz. can crushed tomatoes

1 clove garlic

2 t. dried oregano

½ t. salt

½ t. sugar

¼ t. fresh ground pepper

 

For the pizzas:

5 club rolls, 5-6” each

1 TB cooking oil

1 onion, chopped

1 lb. ground beef

1 t. salt

½ t. pepper

4-5 button or cremini mushrooms, sliced

20 slices pepperoni

2 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Pour the can of crushed tomatoes into a small bowl. Finely mince the garlic and toss in with the tomatoes (I like to use my microplane to do this since the garlic won’t burn in the sauce and this way you won’t get large chunks of raw garlic while you eat). Stir in the oregano, salt, sugar and pepper. Set aside.

Prepare the rolls: Cut off just the very top crust of the roll. Use your fingers to pull out the bread from inside the roll, creating a bowl. Be careful not to pull too much off from close to the sides and bottom as you don’t want the ingredients to leak out. You will want the sides and bottom to be about ½-3/4” thick. (Toast up the bread you pulled out to use as croutons in a soup or salad to avoid waste!)

Heat the cooking oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for about 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add the ground beef to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Break up the meat as it cooks with a wooden spoon, stirring frequently until the meat is no longer pink. Remove from the heat and drain using a metal colander. Set aside.

Place the “bread bowls” onto a baking sheet. Spread the bottom of each with a good portion of the sauce. Then divide the ground beef mixture among the rolls (you don’t want these to over flow too much, so use less beef if necessary). Layer the mushrooms and the pepperoni on top of the beef. Now top the each bun with the mozzarella cheese. The mixture/cheese should come just barely above the top of the bun as it will sink a little as it cooks.

Cook the deep dish pizzas for about 15-20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling, the bread is slightly toasted, and the ingredients are warmed through. Let sit for about 5 minutes before serving.

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About The Author

Sarah Bode-Clark was born in raised in small-town Kansas. She attended Kansas State University where she received a BA in Theatre and Spanish. A few years after college in the "Little Apple" she moved to the Big Apple--New York City--with her husband, Joe. She loves all things food and spends her time cooking, eating, catering, and waiting tables. Her culinary pursuits are documented on her blog, Chomping the Big Apple (http://chompdown.blogspot.com). On top of food, Sarah has always had a passion for sports, starting as a t-ball player when she was six, and as she played volleyball, basketball, and ran track through high school. Currently she has left behind the group sports and spends her free time running, and has run the NYC Marathon 3 times, hoping for number 4 in 2012. She also gets a big workout every week during the fall cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs (she is a pretty active/crazy/intense fan), and though she has never followed baseball as closely as other sports, the Royals have always had a special place in her heart.

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Comments (1)

  • GregA

    Thanks for this one. I was looking for something quick and easy for last night. These came out great.

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