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Football party pizza recipes

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Score! with these pizzas

If you've been recruited to provide the party food for this week's pro football big-screen bash, skip the delivery and provide one of these made-to-order crowd favorites. They'll be a hit whether you're feeding hungry linebackers or health-conscious cheerleaders.

Friends watching football and eating pizza.

Homemade Pizza Dough

Yields 2 (10-inch) pizzas or 1 (18 x 13-inch) pan pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1 scant tablespoon yeast or 1 (.25 ounce) packet
  • 1/4 cup warm water (about 110 degrees F) 
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup warm water, more if needed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:

  1. In the bowl of a standup mixer fitted with the dough-hook attachment, add yeast, water and honey. Set aside for 5 to 10 minutes or until yeast is bubbly. Meanwhile, whisk together flours, salt and Italian seasoning. Add it to the yeast mixture along with water and olive oil.
  2. Mix on medium-low speed until the flour is incorporated. Turn your mixer to medium-high and continue to mix until ingredients form a dough ball that pulls away from the side of the bowl. If the mixture is crumbly, add a bit more water at a time until a dough ball forms.
  3. Let the machine knead the dough for 5 to 7 minutes. Dust the counter with flour and dump the dough onto the counter. Use your hands to knead the dough a few times, shaping it into a ball. Oil a large bowl and set the dough inside it, rolling it to coat all sides with oil. Cover it loosely with plastic or a damp towel and set it in a warm place to rise for an hour.
  4. The dough will be doubled in size. Use your fist to press air out of dough. Cover it with plastic or a towel again and let it rise for another hour. When you're ready to make your pizza, roll it out with a rolling pin. If you're making two pizzas, cut it in half and knead it to reform two dough balls. If making one large pizza, roll it out so that it is 1 inch larger than the pan you plan to use (jelly roll pans make large rectanglular pizzas).

Football-Shaped Pepperoni Pizza

Yields 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 recipe pizza dough (recipe above) 
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 3 ounces pepperoni slices
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley or basil, finely chopped
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Dump the dough onto a lightly floured surface and use your hands to knead and shape it into an oval-shaped ball. Flatten it with the heel of your hand and use a rolling pin to roll the dough flat (1/4- to 1/2-inch thick) into the shape of a large football.
  3. Carefully transfer the dough to a jellyroll pan (13 x 18-inch rimmed baking sheet) or football-shaped pan. Use your fingers to roll the edges inward to form a ridge.
  4. Spread marinara sauce evenly on the dough inside the ridge.
  5. Top it with pepperoni, parsley or basil, and cheese.
  6. Place the pizza in the oven and turn the heat down to 425 degrees F. Bake it for 12 minutes or until the crust is crisp and golden and the cheese is melted and lightly browned. Let cool for a few minutes before cutting.

Linebacker 3-Meat and Cheese Pizza

Yields 1 

Ingredients:

  • 1 recipe pizza dough (recipe above) 
  • Marinara sauce
  • Pepperoni slices
  • Sausage, crumbled and cooked
  • Genoa salami, sliced
  • Mozzarella, sliced
  • Jack cheese, shredded
  • Parmesan, grated

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Dump the dough onto a lightly floured surface and use your hands to roll it into a thick log. Use a rolling pin to roll it into a flat (1/4- to 1/2-inch) rectangle an inch or two larger than a jelly roll pan.
  3. Transfer the dough to the jelly roll pan and use your fingers to crimp the edges to form a rim.
  4. Spread it with marinara and top it with the remaining ingredients.
  5. Place it in the oven and reduce the heat to 425 degrees F. Bake it for 12 minutes or until the crust is crisp and golden and the cheese is melted and lightly browned. Let it cool for a few minutes before cutting.

Cheerleader Chicken Veggie Pizza

Yields 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 recipe pizza dough (recipe above) 
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup chicken breast, cooked and diced (buy a rotisserie chicken to save time) 
  • 1 cup marinated artichoke hearts, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 4 large basil leaves, ribboned (tightly rolled lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise)
  • 2 cups feta cheese, crumbled

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Dump the dough out on a lightly floured surface and roll it into a ball. Use a large knife to cut the dough into four even pieces (cut following an X on the top of the dough ball). Roll each piece into its own ball.
  2. Use a rolling pin to roll each piece of dough into a thin, flat circle. Use your fingers to roll the edges in just a bit to form a rim. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet. Cover each with marinara, chicken, artichoke hearts, bell pepper, basil and feta.
  3. Turn the oven down to 425 degrees F. Bake the pizzas for 10 minutes or until the crust is crisp and golden and the cheese is melted and lightly browned. Let it cool for a few minutes before cutting.

More game-day pizzas

English muffin pizza recipe
Cheesy Pizza Fondue
Grilled pizza recipes

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