Recipe: Football pizza

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2D

Recipe courtesy Pillsbury

This easy pizza idea from Pillsbury uses refrigerated crust. Vary the toppings, but the pepperoni football makes it "Super."

INGREDIENTS

1 can (13.8-ounce) refrigerated classic pizza crust

2 teaspoons olive oil

1/2 cup pizza sauce

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

2 packages (3 ounces each) sliced pepperoni

1 stick (1 ounce) string cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. Unroll dough on cookie sheet; starting at center, press out dough into 14- by 12-inch rectangle. Brush dough with olive oil; bake 7 minutes.

Remove crust from oven. Spread pizza sauce evenly over crust; top with mozzarella cheese and parsley. Arrange pepperoni in football shape on center of pizza. Cut string cheese lengthwise into 4 strips (save 2 for another use). To make football laces, place 1 strip horizontally on center of football. Cut remaining strip into 5 pieces; arrange vertically on top of horizontal strip.

Bake 10 to 13 minutes longer or until crust is deep golden brown and cheese is melted and bubbly. To serve, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows, making 16 pieces.

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