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Broccoli-Cheese Stuffed Pizza Recipe

After eating stuffed pizza at various Italian restaurants, I decided to come up with my own version. The filling is very rich and resembles broccoli lasagna.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 5 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 4 cups frozen broccoli florets, cooked and drained
  • 1 jar (4 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add 4 tablespoons oil, salt and enough flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 2. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. knead for 10 minutes. Divide in half. Roll each portion into a 15-in. x 10-in. rectangle; transfer each to a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • 3. Brush one rectangle with remaining oil. Spread with ricotta cheese. Sprinkle with garlic powder and oregano. Layer with mozzarella cheese, broccoli and mushrooms. Invert remaining rectangle over filling; pinch edges to seal.
  • 4. Bake at 400° for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 252 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 415 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 10 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 medium-fat meat.

Wine Pairings

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.