When you want to have fun with your food, these adorable pot pies inside an edible bowl do the trick. Don’t hesitate to make our recipe your own by adding veggies or cooked ground turkey or beef to the sauce.
1 lb pizza dough, purchased or homemade
1 cup pizza sauce, purchased or homemade
12 slices mozzarella cheese, cut into half
4 slices provolone cheese, cut into quarters
1 lb Armanino Italian Style Meatballs (about 16)
4 16oz oven proof bowls, around 5½” in diameter
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Spray four 16oz ovensafe bowls or ramekins with cooking spray and place on a parchment paper or foil lined sheet pan to catch any drips.
In each bowl, place 4 half slices of mozzarella in the bowls in a cross shape, making sure the cheese comes up to the rim.
Fill in the empty spaces between with 4 quarter slices of provolone.
Top the cheese with 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce and 4 meatballs.
Top the meatballs with another 2 tablespoons pizza sauce and another 2 half slices of mozzarella.
Divide pizza dough into 4 equal size pieces and stretch (don’t roll) each piece on a lightly floured surface into circles 2” larger than the top of the bowl.
Place the dough over the top of each bowl, gently stretching to cover and come over the rim about 1”. Press the dough lightly around the outside of the bowls.
Place on the prepared sheetpan and bake until golden brown, 18-20 minutes.
Remove from the oven and invert each bowl onto a serving plate.
Holding the bowl carefully with a potholder, gently pry one edge of the crust free with a paring knife and remove the bowl.
Garnish with grated parmesan and serve hot.
Gently stretch the pizza dough into the desired shape. Avoid rolling – this will press out all the slowly developed air bubbles and the dough will be tough and unappetizing.
A few small whole button mushrooms added with the meatballs can be quite nice. Or some sautéed onion, green pepper or a few black olives. A fresh basil leaf or two or a good pinch of crushed red pepper flakes would be welcome as well.
Instead of a marinara, consider a meat sauce for a heartier version.