Makes 4 Pot Pies:
1 pound pizza dough (1/3 of my N.Y. Style Pizza Recipe)
Pizza sauce:15 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
1.5 oz. tomato paste (put the rest in an airtight container and freeze for another recipe)
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon (or more) crushed red pepper flakes
1 and ½ teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon dried basil
Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor until incorporated. That's it!!! You can make the sauce a day ahead or the same day. I like to make it a day ahead for convenience and also, more flavor.
10 mozzarella cheese slices
¼ cup olive oil for brushing bowls and top of dough
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Optional: thick meat sauce
Grilled chicken slices
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 204 degrees Celsius.
Cut the dough into 4 equal pieces and form into round balls. Set aside covered with a clean towel to rest and rise.
Brush the bowls with olive oil, inside and halfway down from the top. This is so that when they are ready, they release easily into a bowl.
Cover the bottom of the bowl (inside) with 5 cheese slices. Place your favorite “toppings” over the cheese slices. Choose anything that you like on pizza: mushroom slices, grilled chicken, meat sauce, meatballs…
Top with the pizza sauce.
Stretch each ball of dough to cover the bowl and to hang over the edges of the bowl.
Brush the dough with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, and oregano.
Place all of the pizza pot pies onto a baking tray.
Bake in the oven 20-25 minutes or until the dough is golden.
Carefully flip the pizza pot pies onto plates or bowls. Wear oven mitts while doing this.
Use a knife or spoon to help release the crust from the bowl.