Lunch Lady Pizza

Yesterday, I posted Lunch Lady Pizza Sauce from; today we’re gonna bring the whole shebang home.

With, ermmm, a few alterations of my own.

See, justcookwell wanted me to make their pizza dough in a bowl with a spoon


Folx! I have a perfectly serviceable bread machine for stuff like that.

So, I literally dusted off the machine, punched in “pizza dough,” and minded my own bidness for a bit.

Note 1: the original dough recipe called for rapid-rise yeast, but regular yeast will work a treat. You will just need to allow more time for the dough to rise.

Note 2: this dough is wicked sticky. I had my hands drenched in olive oil and was stil peeling it off my fingers. Baked up nicely, though, so no real complaints.

•13 oz warm (110º) water
•2 tbsp vegetable oil
•2-2/3 cup flour
•3/4 cup powdered milk
•2 tbsp sugar
•1 tsp salt
•2-1/4 tsp yeast

•8 oz grated cheese
•Sweet onion, thinly sliced
•Black olives, sliced

•1 lb ground beef
•1/2 lb ground sausage
•1/2 tsp Seasoned Salt
•1/2 tsp black pepper
•1 tbsp Sherry Peppers Sauce*
•1 tsp Cajun Power Spicy Garlic Pepper Sauce – or your fave hot sauce, to taste

*No Sherry Peppers Sauce? No Problem! Simply add a bit of decent sherry (none of that “cooking” stuff) and a dash or three of your fave hot sauce, to taste.

Whisk the flour together with the powdered milk, sugar and salt.

If using a bread machine; add the crust ingredients together in the order called for by your machine. Mine is “Wet. Dry. Yeast.” and select “Pizza Dough.” My machine cycled for a bit under an hour, but because I was using regular yeast, I gave it an extra 60 minutes to rise properly.

If making the dough by hand, stir all the ingredients together in a large bowl just until a batter forms. Set aside to rise.

While the dough is rising, cook your beef and sausage in a large pan, breaking up into small pieces.

After about five minutes, add the salt, pepper, Sherry Peppers and hot sauce and continue to cook, stirring every now and then, until the meat is cooked through and any pan liquids have been cooked off.


I liked this pizza, but I love this hack!

Apply cooking spray to a sheet pan, then line with parchment paper. The spray helps keep the parchment in place.

Heat your oven to 475º.

Punch down your risen dough and spread it out on the parchment lined sheet pan. Remember, this dough is wicked sticky.

Pop just the crust into the hot oven and bake for eight minutes, until golden brown on the edges and a bit firm in the middle.

Remove from the oven and spread the pizza sauce evenly over the crust.

Top with the meat mixture, onion slices, black olives, and then the shredded cheese.

Note: obviously, my seat seasonings and the onion and black olives would not be on most lunch lady’s menu; but that is the joy of having my own kitchen, so…

Bake for another eight to ten minutes, until the cheese is melted and brown in places.

Remove from the oven and let rest for five minutes before slicing and serving.

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