Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust


Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

Making a homemade pizza crust is really an easy thing to do, but some people are intimidated by it. Others just see no reason to make it simply because there are some great pre-made ones in every grocery store – I often opt for those myself so I totally see your reasoning (Judgement will not be forthcoming from my neck of the woods!).

But on the off chance you ever want to make a homemade crust, I thought I’d show you how truly simple a delicious crust can be, and even toss in a stuffed crust option if you like!

You can do this, I promise, and it just takes a few minutes.

Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

You’ll need: All purpose flour, a wee bit of sugar, fresh rapid rise yeast (check your date*), Olive Oil (can use vegetable), wee bit of salt, corn meal, and warm water*.

*I prefer Red Star rapid rise yeast because I am not a patient woman. This pizza crust is ready to go in under half an hour when you use rapid rise. You can, of course, use another brand and type, but it may take a little bit longer. There are other rapid rise yeasts on the market but I’ve always ended up with “good” yeast that worked when I got this particular brand and can’t say that for others. Just go with what works for you.

*Water temperature is one of the most important things when it comes to working with yeast. Too hot, and it will kill your yeast. Too cold and it won’t activate it or will make it slow as molasses. The key here is to think “Baby Bath Water”. If you’ve ever given a baby a bath, you can easily make your water the perfect temp just by feeling of it. If you haven’t ever given a baby a bath, see if some of your friends will let you borrow their baby… Just kidding. But hey, most folks won’t turn down free babysitting, especially with a newborn!

Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

Place flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in a large bowl.

Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

Stir that together a bit.

Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

Add water…

Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

and oil.

Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

Stir that up until it starts to stick together like this.

Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

Dump it out onto a floured surface.

Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

Knead it for 3-5 minutes.

What I do is press it into a ball, then push into it with the heel of my hand.

Press it into a ball again, turn it a bit, push into it with the heel of my hand.

Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

After a few minutes it will get all smooth and nice.

Now form it into a ball again but this time leave it be.

Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

Loosely cover it with plastic wrap.

Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

I cover that with a damp dish towel just to keep the plastic wrap from coming up and to help keep my dough from drying out while it rises.

Leave this be for 15-30 minutes if you used rapid rise yeast.

If you used regular yeast, leave it be for 30-45 minutes.

Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

When you lift up your towel you’ll have a slightly larger ball but it’s not going to be doubled in size or anything.

Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

Like this.

Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

Now sprinkle about 1/8 cup corn meal onto a pizza pan.

Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

Press your dough ball down and place it in the center of the pizza pan.

~squints eyes and tilts head~

Or kinda in the center.

It’s a pizza crust. The state of the world does not rest on how centered our dough is when we start.

Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

Using your hand, press, press, press, press until you have your pizza pan mostly covered.

Then ignore this for five minutes.

This relaxes the dough and makes spreading it even further really easy.

Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

After five minutes, press, press, press, press again until it slightly overhangs the edges of your pizza pan.

This is really easy to do since you let the dough relax a bit.

See? It pays to follow my advice sometimes :)

Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

If you want to stuff your crust, take some mozzarella and add in some herbs.

I am using about 1 cup mozzarella with 1/2 teaspoon oregano and 1/4 teaspoon basil.

If you don’t want to make a stuffed crust, skip down to where we start folding the edges over…

Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

Toss that together a bit.

Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

Then sprinkle it in a ring on the outer rim of your pizza crust.

Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

Fold edges over cheese and press down.

Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust

Your pizza is now ready for sauce and toppings!

Add sauce, toppings, and cheese, and bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes, or until crust is lightly browned and cheese is bubbly.

To get my recipe for Cowboy Pizza, click here.

To get my recipe for Taco Pizza, click here.


Homemade Stuffed Pizza Crust
  • 1 package Rapid Rise Yeast (I use Red Star)
  • 1 Cup warm water (the temp you'd use for a baby's bath water)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 3 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • ⅛ Cup corn meal
  1. In large bowl stir together flour, sugar, salt, and yeast until well combined.
  2. Pour in water and olive oil. Stir until dough sticks together.
  3. Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead for 3-5 minutes, or until it forms a smooth ball.
  4. Cover dough ball with plastic wrap and let rise 15-30 minutes, until you are ready to make your pizza.
  5. Sprinkle pizza pan with ⅛ cup corn meal. Press dough into pan, spreading as you press, until it reaches almost to the edges of pan. Allow to rest for five minutes. Return to dough and continue pressing until it overhangs the pan all around the edges slightly.
  6. Fold over edges and press to seal to form a crust.
  7. Top pizza with sauce and toppings of your choice and bake in 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, or until crust is lightly browned and cheese is bubbly.
If making a stuffed crust: Combine 1 cup shredded mozzarella with ½ teaspoon dried Oregano and ¼ teaspoon dried Basil. Sprinkle around edges before step #6. Then complete step 6.

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  1. Bonnie says

    Christy, ditch the sugar and try a bit of Agave or honey. Works very well and makes a wonderful crust. Your shredded cheese with seasoning sounds great but mozarella sticks work well also for a stuffed crust.

  2. Tom says

    I bought a cast iron pizza pan a couple of months ago and made my first pie. This will be my second. I am think of leaving early and making it for dinner. My wife will be surprised.

    Thank you again Christy.

  3. Kim S says

    Oh my, that looks good, and I imagine smells wonderful baking! Got to be so much healthier and cheaper than store bought. Could you double the recipe and then divide into for two pies or four small individual pizzas? My boys enjoy topping their own personal size pizza.

  4. JaneM says

    I keep telling myself I’m going to make a stuffed crust pizza. You’ve given me the incentive to do so, Christie. Thanks! Money saving tip: I stopped buying the very expensive packets and little jars of instant yeast ($4.00+) when I discovered my nearby Gordon Food Services (GFS Marketplace) has a 1 lb. package of saf- instant yeast for approximately $6 or $7. I keep it in the freezer in a ziplock baggie and refill the last little yeast jar I had purchased at the supermarket – keep it in the fridge. Even though GFS supplies restaurants with food, beverages and other bulk items, etc, the public can shop there and there is no membership fee or surcharge. They also have sales.

  5. Cheryl says

    My son hates it when I make my own pizza, because the middle is always soggy. I’ve almost given up on trying another recipe, but yours looks worth trying. What am I doing wrong? We like veggies on ours, and I am wondering if the water in the veggies make it soggy.

    • Sarah says

      We love veggies on pizza too, but I’ve found that i can’t add too many and I have add them on top of the cheese so they roast more than steam. If you add them on top of the sauce, before the cheese, it’s more like you are steaming them, which is going to keep their moisture hanging around and mess up the dough! Also, make sure you are not using too much sauce, it can make it soggy too! My son, LOVES my pizza, we make it most Friday’s! We use mozzarella sticks with italian seasoning and garlic in the stuffed crust, YUM!

  6. Judee says

    Id love to try a variation, instead of herbs on the cheese, how about drizzling pesto over the cheese before folding it over! Just be careful not to get it close where your seal your cheese in the dough.

  7. Carmen Autera says

    I just made this recipe and I used 3 tsp. of dry yeast instead of a pkg. Since it wasn’t rapid rise I let my dough rise for 1 hr. The crust was deep pan crust and I used pesto instead of red sauce, pepperoni, parmesan cheese, a little crumbled bacon and mozzarella cheese. I cut string cheese sticks in half lengthwise and tucked them into the edge of the crust and covered them. 15 minutes later, a wonderful pizza with a great crust! Thank you for this recipe. I have tried many over the years and this was the best! I also served this with a small dish of. red suace for dipping for my hubby who is Italian.

  8. Grae says

    Hi! This recipe yields an amazingly delicious pizza!! I was wondering if I wanted to add cauliflower to the dough, how much should the cauliflower and flour ratio be?? Gram – to – gram??

    • says

      I’m afraid I’ve never tried that so I can’t offer any help there. I have made a pizza out of a cauliflower crust and it was wonderful. The recipe was in the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook. As for adding it to a regular pizza crust, I’ve not heard of anyone doing that so please let me know if you try it how it turns out!

  9. Jordan Beam says

    I would like to stuff not only the edge of the crust (like pizza hut), but stuff the entire crust (essentially a double layer crust filled with cheese), then toopings on top. Any advice on how to tackle this feat?


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