During the pandemic, I am taking taste-bud journeys as I self-isolate rather than physical journeys. Here is my adapted recipe for Sloppy Joe Mini Pizzas. It was inspired by a recipe for a fifteen-minute pizza recipe from Bigger Bolder Baking. A link to that recipe will be included toward the end of this blog. As for the Sloppy Joe topping, I utilized a recipe found many years ago plus a few creative touches of my own.
Recipe for Pizza dough
- 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup + 1 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp sea salt
- Flour for rolling dough
Recipe for Sloppy Joes
- 6 oz. ground beef
- 1/8 cup chopped peppers
- ½ cup ketchup
- 2 tbsp water
- 1/2 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire
- 1/2 tsp prepared mustard
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
Please note: Since I live alone, I decided to make my pizza as miniature pizzas rather than one large one. That way, I would have an easier time storing leftovers in the limited space in my refrigerator.
Procedure to make Pizza dough
- Step 1: Preheat oven to 400° F.
- Step 2: Whisk flour, salt, and baking powder in large bowl.
- Step 3: In measuring cup with pouring spout, mix water and olive oil. Stir.
- Step 4: Gradually, add water mixture to dry ingredients until dough is formed while only using as much of water mixture as required.
- Step 5: Roll out dough and fit into pizza pan. In my case, I made the base for four small miniature pizzas.
Procedure to make Sloppy Joe topping for pizza
- Step 6: In skillet, cook crumbled-up beef 7 minutes over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
- Step 7: In measuring cup, stir together ketchup, water, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, onion powder, salt, cornstarch, and chia seeds. Set aside.
- Step 8: Stir in chopped green bell peppers to wet.
- Step 9: Stir in wet ingredients into drained ground beef. Bring to a boil. Then, take off heat.
- Step 10: Sprinkle liberal amount of cheese on pizza dough.
- Step 11: Spoon meat mixture on next. Top with additional cheese.
- Step 12: Bake 17-22 minutes at 400° F until golden brown.
15-Minute Pizza Dough Recipe (No Yeast) from Gemma's Bigger Bolder Baking Site
I mostly followed Gemma's recipe for the pizza dough but used a recipe found long ago for the Sloppy Joe mixture.
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Books written by Debbie Dunn:
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