Pizza has been a favorite among most Americans for nearly a century. Whether you prefer a simple cheese pizza or one loaded with meat and vegetables, there aren’t many dishes more flavorful and satisfying than a pizza.
And, you no longer are limited to the traditional pizza pie, since a wide variety of toppings, sauces and crusts have been introduced over the years. You can even make your own Bubble Pizza, sometimes called Monkey Pizza Bread, using refrigerated biscuits.
Unlike a flat, round pizza, Bubble Pizza is made in a cast iron skillet or 9-by-13-inch pan, and after it’s baked, you pull off small, tasty chunks of pizza to enjoy.
If you use refrigerated biscuits, the pizza is finished in no time. If you prefer to make the Bubble Pizza with bread dough, though, you can buy that frozen or make your own. It will just take a little longer since you’ll have to wait for the dough to rise.
Either method will provide an unusual but delicious type of pizza – one any pizza lover will want to make time and again.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound ground beef
2 cups of your favorite pizza sauce
2 sleeves of refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
25 slices pepperoni, quartered
Sliced green onions, optional
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Drizzle olive oil into a 9- to 12-inch cast iron skillet or 9-by-13-inch pan. Use pastry brush to distribute oil up sides and bottom of pan.
Cut each biscuit into quarters.
In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in pizza sauce, cheddar cheese and 1 cup Mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices.
Drop one piece of dough at a time into sauce mixture, using tongs or 2 forks to coat all sides then transfer to skillet. Repeat with remaining dough pieces. If any sauce remains; spoon remainder over dough pieces. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Place pan of Bubble Pizza on center rack of oven inside a rimmed baking sheet since the dough will expand and the rimmed baking sheet will catch anything that may drip over sides of skillet. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until bread is puffy and well set and cheese is melted and browned.
Remove pan from oven and let cool 10 minutes.
Lay a platter or plate that’s slightly larger than the skillet or pan over the top of it and then carefully invert. Sprinkle desired amount of Parmesan cheese over Bubble Pizza after inverting it onto the plate or platter.
If desired, sprinkle sliced green onions over Bubble Pizza. Serve warm.
Note: You can use one pound of frozen bread dough or make your own equal amount of yeast dough instead of using biscuit dough and cut into 16 equal-size pieces. However, you will need to let the dough “bubbles” rise 10 minutes prior to putting the pan into the oven.
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