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Pepperoni Stuffed Crust Pizza and Frida

Hello and welcome to Pizza and a Movie! Today’s pizza is a special request. After seeing so many commercials for stuffed crust pizza during the baseball games on TV, Alex thought it might be a good one to try. He was right! This pizza is simple, delicious and so easy to make. I am sure it’s 100% better than the pizza we saw so many commercials for. So let’s get right to it! Pepperoni Stuffed Crust Pizza.

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First of all preheat the oven to 450 degrees F with a pizza stone or steel. I am topping this pizza simply, with crushed tomatoes, mozzarella, pepperoni and pickled jalapeños. You can top it with your favorite combination. Instead of using more mozzarella to stuff the crust, I am going to use Fontina cheese. Fontina is a nutty, buttery cheese that melts really well.

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The mozzarella for topping the pizza is freshly grated. For the cheese stuffing, I have sliced the Fontina into thick batons. The Fontina came in a rectangle which I sliced into 1/4-inch planks, then I sliced those planks into 1/4-inch thick batons. I am using a Trader Joe’s pre-made pizza dough which is notoriously sticky. Because stuffing the crust is a little fiddly and will take an extra few minutes, I will lay my stretched dough on a sheet of parchment to keep the pizza from sticking to the peel. An insurance policy, if you will.

Building the Pepperoni Stuffed Crust Pizza

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Roll or stretch your dough out to about 14-inches round. Lay the stretched dough on a sheet of parchment lightly dusted with flour, placed on the pizza peel. Leave about 1/2-inch border of dough, line the edge of the dough with the Fontina batons.

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Then, lift and fold that bit of dough border over the Fontina baton. Seal the fold by pressing the dough.

Then, top the center with the crushed tomatoes. Follow that with the grated mozzarella.

Then the pepperoni. Top the pepperoni with a little more mozzarella. Finally, the jalapeños.

Now we are ready for the oven. Just like without the parchment underneath, use the peel to slide the pizza on the parchment onto the preheated pizza stone or steel.

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This next part is optional, but I want to ensure a crispy bottom, so after the crust has set and has begun to rise (after about 5 minutes in the oven), use a metal pizza peel to go between the pizza and the parchment. Lift the pizza up off the parchment, pull out the parchment and put the pizza back on the pizza steel, slide out the metal peel and continue baking the pizza until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

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When the pizza comes out of the oven, drizzle olive oil over the crust. Let the pizza sit for about 5 minutes before slicing.

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You can see from the areas of melted Fontina on top of the toppings that we had a few breaches in the crust. But that’s totally ok, there’s still plenty of cheese stuffed in the crust.

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This pizza is a real treat! So easy and so much better than delivery! Plus, you can stuff the crust with whatever cheese you like, get creative! I told Alex, next time I will add pepperoni to the cheese in the stuffing. I do hope you give this one a try. Assembling the pizza on the parchment-lined peel is the perfect way to go because it takes the urgency to keep the dough from sticking to the peel out of the equation.

Movie Night: Frida

We have our Pepperoni Stuffed Crust Pizza ready so let’s get to the movie! It’s hard to believe this movie is 20 years old. Frida came out in 2002, starring Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo and Alfred Molina as Diego Rivera. Likely you’ve seen this movie, but it’s worth a rewatch. Everything from the acting performances, the soundtrack, the vivid magical-realism, the costumes and set design are all wonderfully immersive and entertaining.

The movie follows Frida’s personal and professional life; beginning when she was a teen and suffered injuries from the bus accident that would give her health problems for the rest of her life. Through her relationship and marriage(s) to Diego Rivera; the rise of her own career; and toward the end of her life when she gave shelter to Leon Trotsky and his wife when they were exiled from Russia by Stalin. Frida is available to watch on HBO Max, Hulu and Amazon Prime (with subscriptions); and is available to rent on Apple TV, Google Play, YouTube and Vudu.

Thank you so much for joining me for Pizza and a Movie! Remember you can always find past pizzas and movie recommendations by looking through the Pizza and a Movie archives through the Series Tab on the Djalali Cooks main menu. Take care and be well! xo Kelly

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Pepperoni Stuffed Crust Pizza

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Dinner, Main Course American/Italian
By Kelly Djalali Serves: 2-4
Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cooking Time: 10-15 Minutes Total Time: ~30 Minutes

Fontina-stuffed crust pizza; topped with crushed tomatoes, mozzarella, pepperoni and pickled jalapeños is rich, spicy and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 Prepared Pizza Dough
  • 6-8 oz. Fontina Cheese, sliced into 1/4-inch thick batons
  • 1 15-oz. Can Crushed Tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup Grated Mozzarella
  • Pepperoni
  • Pickled Jalapeños
  • Olive Oil, for drizzling on baked crust

Instructions

1

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F with a pizza stone or steel.

2

Roll or stretch your dough out to about 14-inches round. Lay the stretched dough on a sheet of parchment lightly dusted with flour, placed on the pizza peel. Leave about 1/2-inch border of dough, line the edge of the dough with the Fontina batons.

3

Then, lift and fold that bit of dough border over the Fontina baton. Seal the fold by pressing the dough.

4

Then, top the center with the crushed tomatoes. Follow that with the grated mozzarella.

5

Then the pepperoni. Top the pepperoni with a little more mozzarella. Finally, the jalapeños.

6

Just like without the parchment underneath, use the peel to slide the pizza on the parchment onto the preheated pizza stone or steel.

7

This next part is optional, but to ensure a crispy bottom, after the crust has set and has begun to rise (after about 5 minutes in the oven), use a metal pizza peel to go between the pizza and the parchment. Lift the pizza up off the parchment, pull out the parchment and put the pizza back on the pizza steel, slide out the metal peel and continue baking the pizza until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

8

When the pizza comes out of the oven, drizzle olive oil over the crust. Let the pizza sit for about 5 minutes before slicing.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Terry
    July 22, 2022 at 10:34 am

    This looks do good snd easy to make … I gave tried making stuffed crust before but with shredded mozzarella, I will try this again with the fontina…, have a great Friday , I will keep you posted 🤗❤️ Mom

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      July 22, 2022 at 11:24 am

      Hi Mom, I think the batons of an easy melting cheese work great to keep most of the melted cheese contained in the crust. Let me know how it goes for you. xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Mari
    July 22, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    Wow, I am late getting around to this. It has been a crazy morning, but now I have my reward. I have never eaten or made a stuffed crust pizza, so it’s great to finally know how to do it. I had never thought of cheese wands, and it’s genius. This explains why I never thought of it. I’m all for trying crazy ideas and chasing them down the rabbit hole to see where they go. This is practical and logical and I will bow three times in the direction of Georgia. I also had never seen the movie Frida. I had a vague idea of her situation, but the reality sounds more interesting. Are the eyebrows very distracting in the film? I’m like a five year old when there is something out of the ordinary to seize onto. I had planned on doing twenty questions today, but instead I’ve gone off on a tangent, so we’re back to Stump The Chef. Women in movies are generally written all wrong. The depictions are extreme; we have had some good strong characters over the years, and we’ve had some absolute ninnies who couldn’t breathe and chew gum at the same time. In reality, most f us do really well in navigating our lives. We have successes and we have failures. We are happy, angry, sad and a hundred emotions in between, most of them subtle. What we are not are ball busting shrews or timid quivering souls who are terrified of our own shadows. We don’t constantly need to be rescued. In fact I doubt most of us do need to be rescued. We don’t want or need the Marlboro man galloping in wearing a ten gallon hat. We don’t need Indiana Jones cracking a whip and tossing out clever one liners. We need respect, and we need to be allowed to succeed or fail, so we can learn. Hollywood has given us endless and boring iterations of their perfect female. She is either silly, foolish and dumber than a stump, thereby needing a man to save her from herself, or she is ferociously independent, brilliant, better than a man and totally in charge of everything. There is nothing this marvel can’t do, except to be herself. Lately we have woman as super woman. She brings down crime rings composed of men, of course. The better to show her superiority, naturally. She is five foot and ninety five pounds soaking wet, but she knows martial arts, ten foreign languages, parachutes out of a plane, skis off a mountain top and makes a perfect landing every time. She avoids the Olympics so as not to be unfair competition to the little people. Despite having no muscles, she can beat up five two hundred plus pound men and put them in ICU within five minutes. Then she changes to something slinky and prowls expensive bars, restaurants and casinos looking for more men to be superior to. Give the men a break, and Vive Le Difference. Let women be women and let men be men. In reality we coexist peacefully for the most part, and we appreciate our commonalities and our differences. I love and respect the men in my life, and they love and respect me. They see me as an intelligent capable woman, and I see them as intelligent capable men, and I love and respect them. I call that normal.
    Okay, off my soapbox and welcome to another edition of Stump The Chef. Name three movies, of any genre, and any decade where women were strong without being pseudo males in skirts and heels. They are women and not super women. What kind of pizza are these amazing ladies that I want to meet eating and enjoying? Next week we segue to twenty nosy, impertinent but never inappropriate questions.
    Happy fun Friday to Kelly, Alex, Terry and the three amigos. Have a great day and a great weekend. Why is summer more than half over? At this rate it will be Christmas next week. ☀️☃️❄️🎁❤️

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      July 23, 2022 at 12:04 pm

      Hello Mari, I hear ya! And that’s why this one was kinda tough for me. One thing came to mind immediately and that is Pedro Almódovar. In my opinion, he is the best writer of women, making movies today. My favorite of his films is Volver. I have recommended it on Pizza and a Movie before, but for this game, the women in Volver would be eating a pizza with Spanish ingredients like Manchego Cheese with Spanish Chorizo and olives.
      I really enjoyed the movie 20th Century Women. It takes place in 1979; it’s written by Mike Mills and is based on his own experience being raised by his single mom. They would have a classic veggie combination pizza; tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions and olives. Lastly, I am going with Erin Brockovich. Based on a real person, so maybe it shouldn’t count…? But I think Erin Brockovich would enjoy a meat lovers pizza with extra pepperoni. As soon as I hit the reply button, I am sure I will think of like, 5 more movies I would include in list, LOL! This challenge was definitely worthy of the name Stump the Chef! Have a great weekend! See you here again Sunday. 😊 xo Kelly

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