I’ve been making Pizza Bake for quite a few years. It’s been my go-to recipe for Family Day, binge-watching family movies and just about any lazy day at home. It’s basically a lazy way to make pizza!
Make this dish ahead of time and pop into the oven whenever you’re ready. This recipe is totally customizable.
Start with store-bought or homemade pizza dough. I make mine in my trusty breadmaker, fresh. I personally don’t like using frozen pizza dough and I find it doesn’t rise the same as fresh-made but to each their own.
When the dough is about 15-20 minutes from being done in the breadmaker, I chop all my vegetables and pepperoni and mix it in a small bowl with some Italian salad dressing. I line a 9×13 casserole dish with foil, making sure to cover all the inside surfaces. While it’s totally okay to skip this step, you’ll see my reason for doing it this way in a minute. I make sure the foil is well-coated.
I layer the vegetable mixture on the bottom of the dish. My next layer is shredded mozzarella cheese, spread evenly over the vegetable mixture.
When the dough is finished, I cut it into bite-sized pieces and layer it over the mozzarella.
Then I bake it in a 375°F oven for about 25 minutes, turning it to broil or top brown in the last couple of minutes to make the bread golden.
I remove from the oven, and carefully, but swiftly, flip the casserole dish upside down onto a foil-lined baking sheet. Yes, I guess this would be considered kitchen gymnastics. It’s totally unsafe, but I like my pepperoni crispy and this is the only way. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, I encourage you to NOT try this at home.
I pop this pan into the oven and crisp up the pepperoni and vegetables, which are now on top.
When it’s crispy, I remove it from the oven and cut it into pieces. Serve with warmed pizza sauce for dipping. Yum!