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.
Yield: Serves 8
Deep Dish Sloppy Joe Pizza
1 1/2 cups warm water
3 - 4 cups bread flour*
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 package, or 2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/4 pounds lean ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
2 medium carrots, diced fine
1 medium green bell pepper, diced
1 clove garlic, diced fine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 can tomato sauce, 8 ounces
1 can diced tomatoes, 15 ounces
2 tablespoons Dixie Crystals Dark Brown Sugar
1 tablespoon grainy brown mustard
1 tablespoon steak sauce
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1 cup shredded provolone
1/3 cup diced green onions, optional
2 tablespoons diced Italian parsley, optional
For the Crust: Combine warm water, yeast, honey, salt, onion and garlic powder in your stand mixer.
Mix until yeast dissolves. Add olive oil. Turn mixer to low and add flour until dough starts to pull away from bowl. Knead for about 10 minutes. Dough should be sticky and smooth.
Grease a large metal bowl with olive oil. Form dough into a ball and transfer to bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel. Let rise about 2 hours in a warm place, or until dough doubles in size.
Punch down, form into a disc and place into a large greased deep dish pizza pan. Place dough in a warm place and let rise again.
When dough has risen again, press it down lightly and outward so that it fills the pan.
For the Sloppy Joes: While oven is preheating, combine ground beef, onion, carrots, green bell pepper, garlic, salt and pepper in a large skillet. Brown meat and cook vegetables until tender over medium heat.
Add tomato sauce, sugar, mustard, steak sauce, basil and oregano. Stir well and bring to a boil. Turn to simmer, and continue to cook for 15 - 20 minutes or until sauce is very thick.
While sauce is simmering, pre-bake pizza crust in oven set at at 450° until crust is lightly golden, about 10 minutes. Remove crust from oven.
Top crust with ground beef mixture. Top with shredded cheese and return to oven to bake until cheese has melted, about 10 minutes.
Remove pizza when done and garnish with green onions and Italian parsley.