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Italian Herb & Parmesan Pizza Crust

2013 February 10
by Alicia

When you don’t have time to make pizza crust from scratch, you can still make a pizza special by customizing the crust!  All you need is an egg, your favorite Italian spices, and some Parmesan cheese.  There are so many possibilities!

Italian Herb & Parmesan Pizza Crust

The folks over at Pillsbury asked some bloggers how to “customize the crust” of their Classic Pizza dough to make it one of a kind.  I am excited to show you what I had in mind!

Start by preparing your toppings.  For this recipe, I chose to use my son’s favorite pizza toppings:  bacon and black olives!  Then you’ll need the goods for the crust: grated Parmesan cheese, an egg white, and Italian seasoning.  Shred your own Parmesan cheese for the best results!

Italian Herb & Parmesan Pizza Crust

First, separate the yolk and the white.

Italian Herb & Parmesan Pizza Crust

Don’t toss that extra egg yolk!  Use it in some thick and chewy chocolate chip cookie bars!

Then, dust the baking pan with some cornmeal so it won’t stick.  Plus, I like the little extra crunch it gives the dough!

Italian Herb & Parmesan Pizza Crust

If you have time to make your own crust, I highly recommend it!  However, if you’re short on time, Pillsbury has some super-easy-to-use dough.  I grabbed a roll of their “Classic” dough, but I think the new Artisan wheat crust sounds amazing!

Italian Herb & Parmesan Pizza Crust

Press the dough into the pan.

Italian Herb & Parmesan Pizza Crust

Then, it’s time to customize the crust!  Spread the outer edge with the beaten egg white.

Italian Herb & Parmesan Pizza Crust

Sprinkle the coated crust with some Italian seasoning and the Parmesan cheese.  Layer it on as thick or as thin as you like.

Italian Herb & Parmesan Pizza Crust

Pre-bake the crust.  This will melt the cheese slightly, but it won’t get really crispy until after you bake it with the toppings.

Italian Herb & Parmesan Pizza Crust

Top with your favorite toppings.  As I mentioned before, I used bacon and black olives as a treat for my son!

Italian Herb & Parmesan Pizza Crust

Italian Herb & Parmesan Pizza Crust

Now, it’s one final trip into the oven to get browned, bubbly, and delicious!

Italian Herb & Parmesan Pizza Crust

Look at that yummy, crispy crust!  Enjoy!

Italian Herb & Parmesan Pizza Crust

Italian Herb & Parmesan Pizza Crust
From your Everyday Home Cook

1 egg, separated
1 tablespoon water
1 to 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1/4 to 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 roll Classic Pillsbury Pizza Crust
pizza toppings of your choice (sauce, vegetables, cooked meat, cheese, etc.)
cornmeal (for dusting)

Prepare pizza toppings and set aside.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Dust a pizza pan or cookie sheet with cornmeal. Unroll pizza dough onto prepared pan. Separate egg white and egg yolk.  Discard egg yolk or save for another use. Beat egg white with water.  Brush edge of dough with egg white. Sprinkle seasoning and cheese over crust. Pre-bake crust for 8 minutes at 400 degrees F. Top pizza with desired toppings, and return to oven to bake until cheese is melted and bubbly (about 8 to 12 minutes). Remove from oven, let sit for about 2 minutes before slicing and serving.

Makes 6 servings.

Disclosure:
I received
payment from Pillsbury® for recipe development purposes. All opinions expressed are my own.

More pizza crust ideas with Pillsbury®: http://www.pillsbury.com/Products/Pizza-Crust

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