Design-Your-Own Pizza

Here’s the perfect meal for your next family fun night. Let family members choose their own pizza toppings.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 55 min
  • Servings 16

Ingredients

Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

1
package regular or quick active dry yeast
1
cup warm water (105°F to 115°F)
1 1/2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
cup Gold Medal™ whole wheat flour
2
tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1/2
teaspoon salt
Olive or vegetable oil
Cornmeal

Filling

1
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef, or ground pork, lamb or turkey
1
large onion or 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
1
teaspoon Italian seasoning
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
can (8 oz) pizza sauce
1
can (4 oz) Green Giant™ sliced mushrooms, drained, or 1 can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles, drained
2
cups shredded mozzarella, Cheddar, Monterey Jack or brick cheese (8 oz)
1/4
cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • 1 In medium bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in all-purpose and whole wheat flour, 2 tablespoons oil and the salt. Beat vigorously 20 strokes. Let rest 20 minutes. Follow directions below for thin or thick crusts.
  • 2 For thin crusts: Move oven rack to lowest position. Heat oven to 425°F. Grease 2 cookie sheets or 12-inch pizza pans with oil. Sprinkle with cornmeal. Divide dough in half. With floured fingers, pat each half into 11-inch round on cookie sheet. Bake uncovered about 10 minutes or until crust just begins to brown.
  • 3 For thick crusts: Move oven rack to lowest position. Heat oven to 375°F. Grease 2 8-inch square pans with oil. Sprinkle with cornmeal. Divide dough in half. With floured fingers, pat each half in bottom of pan. Cover and let rise in warm place 30 to 45 minutes or until almost double. Bake uncovered 20 to 22 minutes or until crust just begins to brown.
  • 4 While crusts are baking, in 10-inch skillet, cook beef, onion, Italian seasoning and garlic over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked and onion is tender; drain. Spread pizza sauce over crusts. Sprinkle with beef mixture, mushrooms and cheeses.
  • 5 Bake thin-crust pizzas at 425°F about 10 minutes, thick-crust pizzas at 375°F about 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and pizzas are bubbly.

Expert Tips

Prebaking these pizza crusts means a drier, crisper crust in the final bake.

Depending on the size of your oven, you may have to bake one pizza at a time.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
215
(
Calories from Fat
90 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10 g
10 %
(Saturated Fat
4 g,
4 %
),
Cholesterol
25 mg
25 %;
Sodium
280 mg
280 %;
Total Carbohydrate
20 g
20 %
(Dietary Fiber
2 g
2 %
),
Protein
13 g
13 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
2%;
Calcium
14%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1 Vegetable; 1 High-Fat Meat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.