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How to make upside-down pizza

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Silly pizzas

If your family’s getting bored with your go-to dinner ideas, try making this flexible family favorite with a twist. Upside-down pizza will delight kiddos and parents alike -- and if you chop and cook the ingredients in advance, your kids can make it themselves.

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For this flexible recipe, you'll need:

  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups of your favorite pizza toppers
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 (8-ounce) can of refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish

Preheat your oven to 350F before you get started.

Choose your toppings (anything goes)

Let your kids choose their favorite toppings -- about 2-1/2 cups total. If you have picky eaters, split the recipe in half and use smaller baking dishes.

For example, to make a supreme upside-down pizza, try:

  • 1/2 pound (before cooking) lean ground meat, browned and drained*
  • 1/2 cup pepperoni
  • 1/4 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup green peppers, diced
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced

*Note: A half-pound of lean ground meat or Italian sausage makes about one cup when cooked.

Assemble & bake your upside-down pizza

  1. Spread a generous layer of spaghetti sauce on the bottom of your dish.
  2. Top with half the mozzarella and half the Parmesan cheese.
  3. Mix toppings with the remaining sauce and add the mixture to the dish. Top it with the remaining cheese.
  4. Place the crescent rolls (pinched together at the seams) over your mixture and bake at 350F for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Serve with extra Parmesan cheese and a side salad.

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