Lunch Lady Pizza

Jody Wood


Do you ever think back on your school cafeteria? Is there a lunch food you crave from back in those days before we all became hyper-sensitive to terms like GMO, organic, free-range and vegan? I guess because school started back for my kids last week it got me reminiscing about such things. For me, rectangle pizza was the day I always bought lunch in elementary and middle school. Do you know what I’m talking about? It had the mystery meat topping that was maybe sausage or ground beef, plus that white, gooey cheese with a sheen of grease on the top. Oh man, it was the best!

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25 Min


2 2/3 c
all-purpose flour
3/4 c
nonfat dry milk powder
2 Tbsp
sugar plus 1 1/4 t. sugar
2 tsp
active dry yeast
2 tsp
1 2/3 c
warm water
1 1/4 tsp
vegetable oil
1/2 lb
italian sausage
1/2 lb
ean ground beef
1/2 jar(s)
(7 oz.) pizza sauce
16 oz
part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded


1Grease and flour a metal (1/2-sized) sheet pan (18"x13"). Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
2In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, milk powder, sugar, yeast and salt. Microwave the water for about 1 minute and add the oil. Pour the oil and water mixture into the flour mixture and stir with a spatula until a batter is formed. If there are a few lumps remaining, it's OK.
3Spread the pizza dough into the prepared sheet pan, being sure the dough is spread evenly and to the edges of the pan. Set aside to rest for about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, brown the Italian sausage and ground beef together until cooked completely. Drain and set aside.
4Bake the UN-topped crust for about 12 minutes. Remove the crust and top with the pizza sauce, then the cooked sausage and beef mixture and then the shredded cheese.
5Return the pizza to the oven and bake for an additional 12-15 minutes, or until top is well browned.
Slice into rectangles and serve!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pizza
Main Ingredient: Non-Edible or Other
Regional Style: English
Hashtag: #Lunch Lady