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Friday, February 27, 2015

Home Cooking in a Hurry: Deep Dish Pizza Casserole

Another Home Cooking in a Hurry WIN!  Prep time:  12 minutes.  Then into the oven for 25, add cheese 10 more minutes.  Done!  Yes, you read it correctly 12 minutes prep time.  While it bakes, sit down and catch your breath, read the newspaper, go though the mail, talk to your family.  THEN, sit down to a great casserole that you can alter to include YOUR favorite pizza toppings.

I took this picture before getting all my extra seasonings out of the pantry, but here's the basics of my version:

Do you prefer pepperoni, mushrooms, olives?  Add them instead or in addition to....this recipe is very user friendly.

1 pound Italian sausage
1/2 cup diced ham
one small onion, chopped
one medium bell pepper, chopped
1/2 t. minced garlic
1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes
1 t. Italian seasoning
1/4 t. fennel seeds
1 (14 oz.) jar pizza sauce
2 (12 oz.) cans refrigerator buttermilk biscuits, quartered
4 cups shredded pizza cheese blend or shredded mozzarella

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish with non-stick spray.

In a large skillet, over medium high heat, brown sausage and ham with the onion and bell pepper.  When meat is cooked, drain any fat that is in the skillet.  Lower heat to low and add garlic, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning and fennel seeds.  Let cook 1 minute.

Now add pizza sauce and stir to combine.

Remove from heat and stir in the quartered biscuits.

Carefully pour into prepared baking dish.

Bake for 25 minutes and remove from oven.

Add cheese and return to oven for 10 minutes.  Let rest for 3 - 5 minutes before serving.