I should let you know right away: Deep-Dish Pizza Cake is not a dessert. It is a name bestowed upon this cheesy, savoury, biscuit-y, casserole-like pizza dish.
The other night, I was scrolling through Pinterest on my phone when Captain Bravo crawled into my lap. He saw this pin on my feed and immediately said, “What’s that?” as he leaned in and reached out to touch my phone’s screen.
We opened the Easy Cheesy Pizza Casserole recipe at The Midnight Baker and Bravo immediately asked if I could make it for supper.
Now, my boys aren’t much into the casseroles. (As I’ve written about before.) But if ever there were a casserole that they just might eat, it would be called either pizza or taco. Those two words ensure at least a taste. Because pizza and taco = deliciousness, right?
I told him I would try to make something like the original recipe, which looks and sounds delicious – you can see it here – but that we didn’t have the exact ingredients on hand.
I used the pin as inspiration, but because I didn’t have ricotta in the fridge – I never buy it unless I know I am going to make lasagna – I skipped that step. I also don’t usually buy provolone cheese; we are more of a cheddar, mozza and feta cheese family at the Co-Pilot House. So I skipped the provolone, too.
The result? I wouldn’t so much call it a casserole anymore. It doesn’t have that soft, gooey component that I associate with a good casserole. (Something I am certain the addition of ricotta would provide.)
Instead, a it is a deep-dish, biscuity-crumbly, saucy, cheesy main course that Captain Alpha said we should call “Pizza Cake.” Thus Deep-Dish Pizza Cake was born.
I complicated the recipe a bit – as I tend to do with all things, come to think of it. This recipe really could be super-quick and easy to put together if you use refrigerated biscuit dough and pre-shredded mozzarella cheese.
I prefer homemade biscuits to store-bought, so I made garlic and herb cheese biscuits for the base – based on my quick and easy drop biscuit recipe. (I added garlic powder, Italian seasoning and grated cheddar cheese to the recipe.) And I grated the mozzarella for the top – since we buy mozzarella by the brick.
I chopped up some salami and pepperoni from a pizza meat pack. You can use whatever pizza toppings you prefer – I just know my guys are wary of chopped veggies in their food – meat and cheese toppings were the least likely to offend them.
Just like a casserole, once everything was in the baking dish, it was smooth sailing. So easy!
- biscuit dough
- 1 3/4 cup of your favourite tomato sauce
- approximately 2 cups cubed meat or vegetables - your favourite toppings
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
- Place biscuit dough by spoonfuls on greased 13 X 9 baking dish, spacing evenly
- mix tomato sauce, cubed pizza toppings and Italian seasoning in separate bowl, spoon over biscuit dough, covering evenly
- Bake in 375 degree oven for 20 minutes
- Remove from oven. Biscuits should be puffy and looking like they are starting to cook.
- Turn up oven to 425 degrees.
- Spread mozzarella cheese evenly over the top. I used pepperoni slices to garnish.
- Return to 425 degree oven.
- Cook for 10 minutes more or until cheese is melty and bubbly
- Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes before slicing
- I sprinkled a bit of dried parsley on top because I think it looks pretty. Parmesan would be delish, too.
- Leftovers are even tastier the next day - perfect for lunches!
I served it with a salad (for David and I) and some cut raw veggies (for everyone.) Once we started to eat, Captain Alpha said, “Very nice, Mom.”
He was sincerely yumming over the supper and asked if we could have it again soon.
Captain Bravo – for whom I had tried the recipe in the first place – was harder to convince. He wasn’t fond of the golden biscuit bottom, but once I removed that and left the softer dough with the toppings, he ate his entire piece.
Next time, I may even do a half-veggie, half-meat version so all of us get our favourites. In one pan. Can I just say “Yippee” for Deep-Dish Pizza Cake?
Do your children like casseroles? Is pizza a winner at your house, too?