The Shady Porch: Pizza Casserole - Double Crust, Great Flavor

4.10.2012

Pizza Casserole - Double Crust, Great Flavor

Obviously, the first thing about Pinterest is the pictures...and I saw a picture labeled "Pizza Casserole" that looked awesome! I thought my family will LOVE this! We are pizza, calzone, stromboli fans!
However, when I clicked on the link and read the recipe, I have to say I was a tad disappointed. It was a pasta dish. We love pasta, too, but pasta - pizza just didn't jive for me.
I mentioned this casserole to my hubby who encouraged me to make my own pizza casserole..to create what I THOUGHT I saw on Pinterest. So that is exactly what I did.
Double Crust Pizza Casserole #casserole #pizza #recipe #main
...reminds me of Chicago-style Deep Dish Pizza!

I have to say that this experiment turned out far greater than I had hoped. Everyone loved it! And I can happily say that it is no more trouble to make than our regular homemade pizza and I like it better than the regular pizza.
Now the ingredient list below does not show amounts because everyone loves their pizza fixed their way...extra onion, light sauce, extra cheese, no mushroom (you get the point), so build your casserole as you would build your own pizza.


Ingredients I used :

1 can Pillsbury uncut crescent roll dough (Top crust)
1 can Pillsbury pizza dough (bottom crust)
Pizza sauce
Basil pesto in olive oil (homemade or store bought, either works fine)
Pepperoni (Mini sized & Regular, inside and on top)
Turkey sausage crumbles
diced onions
sliced mushrooms
diced green peppers
Shredded pizza cheese - blended Italian cheeses
Italian seasoning
Garlic powder
Parmesan cheese
Pizza Casserole
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9 x 13 casserole dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a small skillet, saute mushrooms and green peppers until they begin to soften.

While the veggies saute, line the casserole with the pizza crust. Brush on a layer of basil pesto. followed by a layer of pizza sauce. Sprinkle on some Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
Add a layer of pepperoni (we went edge to edge), then sausage crumbles, onions, and shredded Italian cheeses. Next, add the sauteed veggie layer and then repeat the pepperoni, sausage, onion and cheese layers.

It is now time to add the crust top with the roll of uncut crescent dough. Stretch it out carefully to cover the casserole. Add a little sauce to the top and another light layer of pepperoni, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

Bake for 20-30 minutes, I used a glass casserole dish, so I could visually check the bottom crust for doneness. If the top starts to over brown, place a piece of aluminum foil over the top until it finishes cooking.  Slice & serve.


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Pizza Casserole...Delicious-ness on a plate
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