Slow-Cooker Deep-Dish Pizza

Total Time:
2 hr 15 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
2 hr

Yield:
1 pizza
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Nonstick cooking spray, for spraying the slow cooker insert
  • 8 ounces prepared pizza dough (if refrigerated, let it rise in an oiled bowl for 2 hours)
  • 8 ounces sliced (not grated) mozzarella cheese
  • 8 ounces thinly sliced pepperoni, preferably sandwich size
  • 1/2 cup store-bought pizza sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, cut into chiffonade
  • Pinch crushed red pepper
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • Preheat the slow cooker on high for 20 minutes. Spray the insert with nonstick cooking spray.

  • On a clean surface, stretch, roll and form the dough into roughly the same shape as the slow cooker insert. The goal is a nice, thin crust. Place in the cooker and spread out if necessary. Cook on high, UNCOVERED, for 1 hour without toppings.

  • Shingle the mozzarella slices over the dough and up the sides about 1 inch above the crust. Overlap each slice, moving in a clockwise circle until the perimeter is covered. Place 1 more slice to cover the empty spot in the middle, if necessary. Shingle a layer of pepperoni the same way you did the cheese. Follow with a small layer of the pizza sauce. Sprinkle with the Parmesan.

  • Cook on high until the cheesy crust is dark and caramelized and the bottom is firm and brown, another hour. Carefully take out of the slow cooker using a spatula. Garnish with the basil and crushed red pepper.

This recipe was developed using a 6-quart slow cooker, if yours is a different size, decrease the amount of dough if necessary so you have a fairly thin layer. Regardless of the cooker size, make sure the dough is mostly cooked through before adding the toppings. The middle should be slightly firm to the touch.


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