Detroit Meat Lover’s Pizza

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My family loves to make homemade pizza every Friday night. It’s a tradition we’ve had for as long as I can remember. I used to help my mom make her homemade pizzas, and now my kids help me make our own homemade pizzas. It’s a wonderful way to spend time in the kitchen as a family and make a fun dish that everyone loves!

Detroit meat lover's pizza square

It’s so much fun for us to spend time as a  family making our own pizzas on pizza night. It’s a great way to celebrate Friday and talk about our week together and our upcoming plans for the weekend. We love making homemade pizza over ordering in because it tastes so much better since we can control the quality of ingredients and believe it or not, it actually takes less time using Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast.

Fleischmann's Yeast and Detroit meat lover's pizza

We always use Fleischmann’s® Yeast for all our baked breads and pizza doughs. It’s the best quality and baked from scratch is even easier using Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast. The rise time for our pizza dough is just 10 minutes! Then we can top the pizza with our favorite toppings, like lots of yummy delicious meats and place it in the oven. There’s no way we can get delivery that fast!

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We’ve made lots of delicious types of pizzas before, but this recipe is truly one of our favorites, a Detroit meat-lover’s pizza packed with delicious, high quality meats piled on top of a homemade thick pizza crust. We make this in a square metal baking pan for and extra crispy thick crust that stands up to all these amazing meats!

how to make pizza dough step shot

For this recipe you just combine warm water, Mazola Corn Oil, salt, sugar and a cup of flour in a large bowl. Making the dough is pretty easy, just follow instructions on the package​. Make absolute sure that the water isn’t too warm or too cold. I like to measure the temperature of the water just to make sure it’s in that sweet spot of 120° – 130°.

use warm water to activate yeast

The temperature of the water is crucial for success when making recipes that include yeast. If the water is too cold, the yeast won’t activate and your dough won’t rise. If the water is too hot, it will kill the yeast and the yeast won’t rise either. If you don’t have a handy thermometer, just make sure that the water feels warm, but isn’t hot.

adding more flour to yeast dough in bowl

Then keep adding the rest of the flour, a little at a time until a ball of dough forms. Then knead the dough. My kids love this part! They love getting their hands in the dough and squishing it in their little fingers. It’s messy, but so much fun!

yeast dough after mixing and kneading

After the dough is kneaded, just let it rise for 10 minutes. You heard right, 10 minutes! That’s all the time you need with Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast. While the dough is rising, you can prepare the rest of the ingredients. For this recipe, I brown some hamburger meat, brown some sliced Italian sausage and crisp up some thick cut bacon.

ingredients for Detroit meat lover's pizza

This is the  dough after it’s risen. That sure was quick wasn’t it! If your dough didn’t rise at this point, make sure it’s not expired. Expired yeast will not activate and is a common reason for dough not rising.

pizza dough after rise

Next grease your pan with a little more Mazola Corn Oil and place the dough in the pan.

placing pizza dough in baking pan

Then just press out the dough to the corners like so. This is a great tie to get the kids to help!

pressing pizza dough in pizza pan

Next you can pre-bake the dough for about 5 minutes if you want extra crispy edges. If not, just start adding your toppings.  Sauce, cheese, meat, meat and more meat! I added crispy bacon, seasoned ground beef, smoked ham, thick cut crisp bacon, Italian sausage and more cheese. Then I topped it off with pepperoni so it gets nice and crispy. Perfection!

And after about 20 minutes, this is what you  have, a delicious thick crust meat loaded pizza perfect for sharing!

after baking, Detroit meat lover's pizza

Baking pizza from scratch is so rewarding! The mixing pouring and kneading dough is so much fun for me and especially my little ones. I love cooking and sharing recipes with my family, and with with Fleischmann’s 150 years of experience, I can bake quality, yeast recipes that I’m proud to share like this amazing pizza!

close up of Detroit meat lover's pizza

We also love to bake lots of other homemade yeast recipes like rolls and breads too. There are so many recipes to explore on the Fleischmann’s® Yeast website. And they are all tested and come out amazing every time. There’s lots of recipes for traditional yeast as well as our favorite Fleischmann’s® RapidRise Yeast, which takes almost no time at all! 

finished Detroit meat lover's pizza recipe before cutting

For this recipe, be sure to get the Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast. It’s a specially formulated type of yeast that can be added to the dry parts of a recipe and then liquid added later in the recipe. I like to think of it as a magical yeast that doesn’t need that rehydrating AND blooming process that takes so long like regular active yeast does.

Detroit meat lover's pizza after cutting in squares

Using the pizza dough recipe below, you can also make a 12 inch pizza dough crust and top with your favorite ingredients. Be inspired on your next pizza night to make your own pizza creation because nothing tastes better than homemade, with Fleischmann’s® Yeast.

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Yield: 4 servings

Detroit Meat Lover's Pizza

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Cook Time:   20 minutes    Total Time:   20 minutes
method: Baked    course: Main Course
cuisine: American   diet: Hearty
A quick and easy recipe for a Detroit Meat Lover's Pizza the whole family will love.


Ingredients For the crust:

  • 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 envelope Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup very warm water (120° to 130°F)*
  • 3 tablespoons Mazola® Corn Oil

For the toppings:

  • 1/2 to 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup cooked and ground beef, crumbled 
  • 1/4 cup cooked crisp bacon, crumbled 
  • 1/2 cup cooked Italian sweet sausage, crumbled  or sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped ham
  • 1/4 cup sliced pepperoni
  • 2 cups (8 ounces or 250g) shredded mozzarella cheese


Preheat oven to 425°F. Combine 1 cup flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add very warm water and oil; mix until well blended, about 1 minute. Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Dough should form a ball and will be slightly sticky.

Knead** on a floured surface, adding additional flour if necessary, until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes. Let dough rest at this point for 10 minutes.

Pat dough with floured hands to fill greased 9" x 13" metal baking dish. Form a rim by pinching the edge of the dough.

Spread with pizza sauce. Top 1 cup shredded cheese. Top with meats and sprinkle with cheese. Add pepperoni on top last.

Bake on lowest oven rack for 15-20 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and crust is browned. *If you don't have a thermometer, water should feel very warm to the touch.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: 454 calories, 20 grams fat*
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*Nutritional Information is not guaranteed for 100% accuracy.

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