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String Cheese Stuffed-Crust Pizza

 String Cheese Stuffed-Crust Pizza
There's no pizza delivery in our rural community, so I rely on this recipe instead. The edges of the no-fail homemade crust are filled with string cheese, and the hearty toppings can be varied to suit your preference. Try the dough for making breadsticks or bread bowls.
4 ServingsPrep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
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  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning, divided
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) quick-rise yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 4 ounces string cheese
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  • In a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no
  • longer pink; drain and set aside. In a bowl, combine 2-1/2 cups
  • flour, 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, yeast, sugar and salt.
  • In a saucepan, heat water and oil to 120°-130°. Add to the
  • dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Stir in enough remaining

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String Cheese Stuffed-Crust Pizza (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • flour to form a soft dough. Let rest for 5 minutes. Sprinkle
  • cornmeal over a greased 14-in. pizza pan.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 15-in. circle.
  • Transfer to prepared pan, letting dough drape over the edge. Cut
  • string cheese in half lengthwise; place around edge of pan. Fold
  • dough over string cheese; pinch to seal. Prick dough thoroughly with
  • a fork. Bake at 375° for 5 minutes.
  • Combine pizza sauce and 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning; spread half
  • over crust. Sprinkle with beef mixture and mushrooms; cover with
  • remaining pizza sauce mixture. Sprinkle with shredded cheeses and
  • remaining Italian seasoning. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until cheese
  • is melted and crust is golden brown. Yield: 8 slices.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 877 calories, 39 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 119 mg cholesterol, 1,206 mg sodium, 79 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 50 g protein.
Wine: Sweet Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.