Everyone loves a good upside down deep dish pizza. After all, when the pizza crust is nice and deep, you can fit so many more toppings onto the pizza! More toppings is always better and this pizza takes the topping quantity to the max with one little trick…. Keep reading to find out!
Easy Upside Down Pizza Recipe
To make this recipe, you begin by cutting (tip: use a chef’s knife), dicing and cooking 3-4 sausage links in a large skillet. This ensures that they are nice and soft. If you just bake the sausage on the pizza in the oven, it doesn’t always fully cook.
Once they start to get soft in the skillet, you add the cheese, pepperoni, sauce and other ingredients to the pan too. Then roll out some pizza dough and lay it over the top of the skillet, add a few seasonings and place the whole thing in the oven. Sounds a little crazy, I know, but stick with me here! The toppings are in the skillet, the crust is on top like a lid and everything is now in the oven- easy so far, right?
Once the pizza has baked, I let it cool for a minute so that the crust firms a bit. Then, I flip the skillet upside down onto a tray so that the crust is now on the bottom. Everything that was inside the skillet is now resting nicely on top of the deep dish pizza crust.
Its like pizza magic! What was just a pan of sauce, cheese and veggies has now become a perfect pizza! So easy!! And all those toppings, a whole pans worth of toppings, are over flowing in the crust. For even slices and to keep the topping intact, it’s best to use a pizza cutter.
Whatever your favorite toppings are, you can use them! This type of pizza can really hold all of the toppings you need. As long as it fits in the skillet, it will fit in the pizza crust. Remember, that crust will be deep. You can really customize them to suit your tastes as well. If you are feeling really ambitious, you can ask your family what they want and make customized pizzas. I have made these deep dish pizzas with:
- Buffalo Chicken
While I do love making pizza dough and a homemade pizza crust is over the top impressive, I actually skip making the crust when I create these pizzas because it’s time consuming.
There are plenty of options you can choose from and the recipe will work great. Check the freezer aisle of your local grocery store and see if they have frozen pizza dough you could simply thaw and use. You can also ask a local pizza parlor and they will often sell you just the dough.
You can also give different types of pizza dough a try. Whole wheat is always a win and you may even be able to find specialty crusts like roasted garlic or cauliflower. With all of these great choices, you will never need to buy pizza again. You can make this recipe so many ways!
No matter what kind of pizza dough you choose, you will have to roll it out. Using a basic rolling pin is fine or you can try to throw it in the air like a pro! Check out this video to learn how.
Easy Party Pizzas
Since I usually get stressed when it comes to hosting a big party, these pizzas definitely makes things easier. They are delicious, impressive and fast- everything I want for party food! Give them a try for your next party or just for a regular weeknight dinner- this pizza is good for anytime!
And the best part is…. you can reheat any remaining leftover slices in your microwave the next day. Just be sure to use a domed microwave cover so the pizza doesn’t get dried out.
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*This recipe was previously published on Simple Green Moms. We’ve updated and expanded the post on 10/09/19 to make this recipe even better for our readers!Print
This delicious pizza is so filling and delicious! Skip ordering expensive take-out and try this recipe!
- 3–4 organic sausage links, cooked and diced into small pieces.
- 1/2 cup nitrate free pepperoni
- 1 1/2 cups Newman’s marinara sauce
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz.)
- 1 cup fresh spinach – chopped
- 1 can (13.8 oz.) Pillsbury™ refrigerated classic pizza crust
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- Heat oven to 400°F. Spray a 13×9 pan or a round pie pan with cooking spray
- In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally and drain if necessary.
- Stir in pizza sauce, then pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, sausage links (sliced) and spinach, spread evenly.
- Unroll dough. Shape dough to fit over sausage mixture in pan. Brush dough with olive oil. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese. Use sharp knife to make several 1-inch slits in dough.
- Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
- Wait 5 minutes to cool off then turn upside down into a dish big enough to fit pizza
- Sprinkle with more parmesan cheese if desired.
- You can make your own pizza dough from scratch if you really want a full, homemade pizza experience
- These pizzas are best when eaten right away so make them right before you are ready to enjoy.
- If you are serving this pizza at a party, ask your guests what toppings they would like for a true, customized experience.