1/2 cup cooked Italian sweet sausage, crumbled or sliced
1/4 cup chopped ham
1/4 cup sliced pepperoni
2 cups (8 ounces or 250g) shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Combine 1 cup flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl.
Add very warm water and oil; mix until well blended, about 1 minute.
Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Dough should form a ball and will be slightly sticky.
Knead** on a floured surface, adding additional flour if necessary, until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes.
Let dough rest at this point for 10 minutes.
Pat dough with floured hands to fill greased 9 x 13 metal baking dish. Form a rim by pinching the edge of the dough.
Spread with pizza sauce.
Top 1 cup shredded cheese. Top with meats and sprinkle with cheese. Add pepperoni on top last.
Bake on lowest oven rack for 15-20 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and crust is browned.
*If you don't have a thermometer, water should feel very warm to the touch.
**To knead the dough, add just enough flour to the dough and your hands to keep the dough from sticking. Flatten dough and fold it toward you.Using the heels of your hands, push the dough away with a rolling motion. Rotate dough a quarter turn and repeat the fold, push and turn steps. Keep kneading dough until it is smooth and elastic. Use a little more flour if dough becomes too sticky, always working the flour into the ball of dough.
Recipe Note: Use crust to make one thick crust 9-inch pizza. Increase baking time to 20 minutes.