July 11, 2019

Cheesy Stuffed Deep Dish Garlic Bread - OMGosh So Good! (Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe Included)

I've been doing lousy on the low carb + keto thing since the wedding weekend in May.  I got back on briefly but was craving pizza made with my homemade crust (featured in the last post, below this one).  For the last two weeks we've had various flour-filled yummies that have wrecked havoc on the low carb lifestyle but I'll be back on it soon.  In the meantime this 'real' pizza dough is my favorite go-to recipe that I've been using for... over 20 years now!?   It makes about 3 pizzas, depending on how thick you make them.  You can also make 1 or 2 pizzas plus breadsticks; or pizza bites (recipe can be found here on An American Housewife using the search feature to your right or above in the page links) and pizza monkey bread, regular Monkey Bread, Caramel Cinnamon Rolls... any number of things.  It's just a great, great pizza dough that works for almost anything.

This time I had whipped up the dough to make the most rich, delicious, buttery, garlicky stuffed crust style garlic bread that I could.  Because I was craving it like crazy and it must be had.

You can even see in the photos that I couldn't even wait to 'dig in' until after I grabbed my phone to snap a photo!  I literally grabbed a fork and went to town the second it came out of the oven. 

Here is the dough (remember it makes enough dough for up to 3 pizzas or whatever you want to use it for).  Add a little more oil if it's too dry or a little more flour if it's way too wet.  Sticky is fine but wet is not.

Pizza Dough

1 pkg. (2 1/4 t) dry active yeast
1 T sugar
1/2 t salt
1/4 c dry powdered milk
1 1/3 c warm water

Put into the bowl of a mixer or mix by hand, blend briefly. Wait 2 minutes for the yeast to start to foam.


2 T oil of choice (olive, canola, etc)
4 c flour

Knead in a Kitchen Aid style (heavy duty) mixer 5 minutes or knead 10 minutes by hand. Let rest 10 minutes.  (Add a little more flour if your dough is really wet and sticky or add a bit more oil if it's too dry.)

Depending on the thickness of the pizza you like - but this generally will make 3 pizzas. Roll out either on parchment, press in a pizza pan, make stuffed crust, pizza bites, garlic breadsticks... whatever you wish.  I've baked them immediately and I've also let them raise up to 1 1/2 hours before baking.  You can top them with whatever you wish - and top either before or after letting it raise. It's just a very easy, versatile dough.  Bake at 420 approximately 16-25 minutes depending the size of your pan and how many toppings you have on it. Bake until golden brown.

For the stuffed crust garlic bread in the photo at the top of this post, I used a portion of the dough and made a pepperoni pizza for my husband with the rest.

*Pizza Dough
*Mozzarella Sticks
*Fresh minced garlic
*Garlic Salt
*Shredded mozzarella, a little parmesan and/or a bit of other cheeses that you like

Roll and press out your dough on parchment paper or the counter into a large circle.  You can make this in a deep dish pan like I did this particular time, or you can make this in a regular pizza pan or even on a stone.  

Roll your circle (or rectangle if you have a rectangle shaped pan or stone) about 2 inche larger than the pan you want to use.  Transfer the dough or parchment to your baking stone or pan, laying the excess dough over the edges if need be.

Unwrap enough mozzarella cheese sticks to lay around the perimeter of your dough.  Usually about 8 or 9 but it depends on the size you are making.  Now grab the edge of the dough and fold over the cheese sticks, pressing to seal.

Either spread soft butter or drizzle melted butter over the inside of your crust.  Use as much or little as you wish.  Top with mozzarella and parmesan, sprinkle as heavy or light as your tastes determine to be 'yummy' with fresh garlic and a little garlic salt to help bring out the flavor of the fresh garlic.  Bake in the oven as you would a pizza or breadsticks until it's golden brown and the crust is crisp.  About 25-35 minutes at 425 usually works for me but deep dishes can take longer than a thin, flat version of this recipe which might be done in 15 or 17 minutes. 

Need a pizza stone?  You might be interested in these products available through Amazon, related to this post;

  Cuisinart Pizza Grilling Set

  Weber Gourmet BBQ System Pizza Stone with Carry Rack

   Heavy Duty Ceramic Pizza Grilling Stone, Baking Stone, Pizza Pan, Perfect for Oven, BBQ and Grill, Thermal Shock Resistant, Durable and Safe, 15x12 Inch Rectangular, 6.6Lbs

You might also be interested in;


Cast Iron Pizza Pan -14 Inch- Makes Amazing Golden Crust Pizza -Better than Ceramic or Stone Baking

Sassafras SuperStone Deep Dish Pizza/Pie Baker


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