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Grandma’s Layered Pizza

As a kid who grew up in the 90’s, I was lucky enough that we lived with my grandparents until I was eight. I was too young to know that my grandmother was a neurotic old school Italian and only that she filled me up on toast covered in cinnamon and sugar, Ocean Spray cranberry juice, pastine and egg, and pizza. Really, she spoiled me. Now that I’m an adult, I get in trouble for wearing v-neck t-shirts and no food.

I don’t often make pizza at home because there are so many great pizza places in RI and around my hometown. In an effort to eat a little healthier, though, and still allow myself the vice of eating pizza, I’ve been trying to make more homemade and if I’m going to make it, I just have to make it like hers. She always cut the pepperoni herself in thick slices and got the sauce all the way to the edges, to give a little sweetness to the crust. I love this pizza. It’s my favorite pizza. If you’re a pizza lover and a home cook, give it a try one of these Sunday afternoons or on a cold, dark snowy night.

Ingredients:

½ c. tomato sauce

6 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

6 oz. shredded Italian blend cheese

1 stick of pepperoni

1 6 oz. pizza dough (No, I don’t make my own pizza dough. Sorry.)

½ c. tomato sauce

6 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

6 oz. shredded Italian blend cheese

1 stick of pepperoni

1 9 oz. pizza dough (No, I don’t make my own pizza dough. Sorry.)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Let the dough rise on the counter and come to room temperature. (This is very important as it will not stretch for you when it’s cold.)
  2. Very lightly grease a sheet pan with canola oil (olive oil is too strong for this). This will help you to stretch the dough into the pan and prevent sticking. I use the largest pan I got in the set shown here.
  3. Bake stretched dough on its own for 5-8 minutes, or until it begins to harden. Air bubbles may develop, poke them with a fork and press the air out of them.
  4. Next, spread the sauce around the dough. Using a rubber brush, cover the pizza with sauce all the way to the edges. Make sure you get a good amount on the edges to give the crust a lot of flavor.
  5. Put the pizza back in for 2-3 minutes and let the sauce bake a little bit onto the dough.
  6. Next, begin layering. First a layer of shredded mozzarella, then a layer of pepperoni and then a layer of the Italian blend cheese. Repeat until the surface of the pizza is covered.
  7. Bake until cheese is melty and begins to brown slightly 8-10 minutes. If you like your pizza more on the well done side, feel free to leave it in until baked to your desired doneness.
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