Friday, February 19, 2010

Day 50: Biscuit Pizza Bake

My hubby was working last night, so I thought I would make something fun for the kids for dinner. I looked through some of my cooking magazines and came across today's recipe. It looked different, and something the kids would eat up--literally and figuratively. The idea behind this recipe is really cute. Use cut up refrigerator biscuits as pizza crust. They cook up into a really irregular shape and are almost like pizza pull apart bread. I should have been so lucky! And before I forget, today is the last day to comment for a chance to win a copy of the new WCC cook off cookbook! You can do that here!
Biscuit Pizza Bake
12" dutch oven
1 lb. ground beef
2 tubes refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1 15 oz. can pizza sauce (I used spaghetti sauce)
1 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 4 oz. can mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1 3 1/2 oz. pkg. sliced pepperoni
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
In you DO, cook the beef until no longer pink. You will need about 20-25 coals for this. I had some cooked ground beef in the freezer that I thawed and used. Meanwhile, quarter the biscuits. When the beef is cooked, remove from the DO. Put the biscuits in the bottom you the DO. Top with pizza sauce. Sprinkle the beef over the sauce. Layer with green pepper, onions, mushrooms, pepperoni and cheeses. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted. I used 10 coals on the bottom and 14 on top. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving. 6-8 servings.
The Finished Product

The Review
Like I said before, the idea behind this was good. My kids were excited to try it. It just didn't cook well, but I'm sure the problem was me and breads. :) I ended up having to put it in my oven to let it finish cooking. In all fairness to the recipe, it probably would have been great if I had cooked the beef in the DO and gotten the oven nice and hot. So that was my bad. The other problem it had was the biscuits. I ended up with the biscuits with all the yellow butter chunks in them, and let me tell you...the butter chunks don't go well with pizza sauce. The flavor was really weird. Next time I do this--and there will be a next time 'cause I'm not letting a recipe kick my butt--I will try to find different biscuits or maybe make my own dough. So I will reserve judgement on this recipe until next week when I make it again.


  1. Kids do love anything Pizza :)

    I have done a similar recipe for 4-H groups, Scout Groups, and in public demo's. As a matter of fact, I did this one at the IDOS Spring Convention Taste of Dutch last year. This is very flexible, so don't be afraid to tweek it to your taste:

    Pizza Style Monkey Bread

    Dough for 1 loaf of bread (or two tubes of refrigerated biscuits)
    1 Package of Dry Onion Soup Mix
    Parmesan Cheese
    Italian Seasoning
    Pepperoni (or toppings of your choice) - I chip it into about 1/4 inch pieces
    Pizza Sauce

    Cut or tear the dough into about 1 inch pieces

    Add Onion Soup mix, 1+ cups of Parmesan Cheese, a couple of Tablespoons of Italian Seasoning in a zip top bag.

    Melt one cube of butter

    Place the dough in the cheese mixture to coat—do it in batches for better coverage.

    Put it into a prepared Dutch oven.

    Mix in about 6 oz of pizza sauce and the pepperoni

    Dump the remaining cheese mixture on top

    Pour butter over the top

    Bake at about 350 for 20 minutes until done and brown on top.

  2. this has all sort of possibilties written all over it . thanks!

  3. Sounds like it should work - and be good. Maybe start the biscuits first, let them bake for 3-4 minutes, then add the toppings.

    Good luck


  4. OldAl--That is a good idea. And I know it also would have worked better if I had cooked the ground beef in my DO. Then it would have been hot already. Come back next week for a repeat of this one!

  5. I use pie irons (the cast iron ones) to create mini pizza's. I think what makes this great is that you flatten the biscuit, which makes it more crustlike. I think you're onto something with having a hot DO to work with.


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