Just as the photo implies, it is a pizza lovers dream!
I had contemplated the filling for this beauty for a few days. I love meatball pizza, hubby loves cheese only, and the rest was just random. Oh how beautiful random can be! I had some leftover dough as you might notice. Feel free to cut fun shapes out for the top, I just used the seasoning on those so they would stand out more. In the recipe I just call for sprinkling the entire top with pizza seasoning, but you roll down the road that makes you happy. Feel free to add mushrooms, olives, ancho...no I can't even type the word, but you know what I mean. Whatever you like on pizza, add 1 cup of it, or divide it, so it equals a cup, if you do much more, you pan will runneth over. I am all for things running over, but, not when it involves the possibility of having to clean the oven. BUT I did put it on a cookie sheet to bake just in case. I suggest you do the same!
This seems difficult but it isn't at all. As long as you make sure you have sealed the edges and heaven knows you must have plenty of cheese, all will work out fine! It even got my husbands, "wow, I wouldn't change a thing" approval. The longer you let it cool, the more of a "piece" you can get, but really, just dive in!
So if you are THAT person who eats all the topping and leaves the crust, (don't look at me like that, I KNOW you have done it) this is for you! I hope you try it, and I hope you don't get heartburn. Just sayin......
1 lb. Italian sausage browned (you pick sweet or hot)
1 cup pepperoni (I used 1 5oz package of Pepperoni Minis)
10 meatballs, cooked and halved
2 cups pizza blend cheese (if you can't find this use 1 cup mozz, 1/2 cup parm and 1/2 cup cheddar, all shredded)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella
4 cups pizza sauce or pasta sauce of your choice (I used a garlic flavored one)
2, 9 inch pie crusts (here is my amazing pie crust recipe)
1 egg for egg wash
1 tbsp. pizza seasoning (here is my recipe)
Preheat your oven to 350. Remember you will need a DEEP dish for this! In a large bowl combine your prepared sausage, pepperoni, meatballs, all cheeses, and sauce. Mix until completely combined. Set aside.
Take your pie crust and roll them out just a smidgen, so they are SLIGHTLY bigger. Not to thin just give them a good roll in each direction and call it good. Spray your pie plate with nonstick cooking spray. Place bottom crust into your deep dish pie pan. Make sure not to stretch it, just ease it into the bottom. Place ALL of your filling mixture into the dish. It will be over full, that is perfect! Smooth it as much as you can and place the top crust on. Pinch the edges together, as you prefer. Crimp, scalloped, no matter just make sure they are sealed up. In a small bowl whisk your egg with 1 tbsp. of water and then brush the entire crust and sprinkle with pizza seasoning. Bake for 50-60 minutes. Let stand 10-15 minutes before slicing.
This is incredible! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!