Deep Dish Sloppy Joe Pizza
Every now and then I like to combine 2 of my favorite comfort foods into one glorious concoction. I’ve done chocolate chip brownies before, chicken Parmesan pizza, and now a sloppy joe pizza. This is one amazing pizza. I started by making a homemade pizza crust lightly seasoned with onion and garlic. I let it rise one in a bowl, and then transfer it to a deep dish pan for the second rise. And don’t worry, if you’ve never made pizza crust before, a pan crust is the easiest one to start with because there’s no rolling or stretching of the dough involved like in regular hand-tossed style pizza crusts.
Now after the crust has rose for the second time, I just press the dough to the edge of the pan, if it’s not already there, and then place it in the oven for a short pre-bake. This ensures the crust is nice and crisp on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside.
For the sloppy joe filling, we’re not using any canned sauce. This is a homemade sloppy joe filling filled with veggies and Italian seasonings. Then I smother it in mozzarella and provolone. It’s a perfect pairing.
After baking, I just garnish with some fresh green onions and a little Italian parsley. You can also use some fresh basil if you have it on hand. I also love brush the crust with melted butter after baking, it’s the perfect finishing touch.
I’m so happy to be partnering with my favorite sugar, DIXIE CRYSTALS. It’s the only sugar I use in my kitchen, and the only one mom and grandma used too.
You can find my recipe for deep dish sloppy joe pizza over at THE DIXIE CRYSTALS BLOG.