It was a success! My first try at crock pot pizza, and it worked!
So, for baking in my crock pot, I use two 9" cake pans that fit nicely inside my round crock pot. I'm not sure what to do if you have an oval crock pot. I put the first pan face down, and the second one face up on top to give it some height. This makes it easier to remove the pizza from the crock pot.
I wanted a hearty pizza, just as hearty as our regular, large oven-baked pizza. So, I didn't change the recipe at all. So, this recipe can be made just as cheapy in the oven. Here is the dough:
2 1/2 cups flour - $0.40
1 teaspoon salt - $0.02
1 teaspoon yeast $0.04
1 cup water - $0
UPDATE: I cut out some of the yeast, down to 1 teaspoon, so that it woudn't rise as much. This brought down the cost from $2.24 to $2.19, and made the recipe simpler.
I kneaded it just as I usually did, but I did NOT let it rise. I just spread it into my greased cake pan and put it on high. After a half hour, it had risen anyway, just as I feared. So, I opened the crock pot and smashed it down flat with my fingers.
After another half hour, I put my already prepared toppings on the pizza in layers:
2 tablespoons tomato sauce - $0.07
cheese, 2 slices - $0.16
12 oz browned and drained sausage - $1.00
one more slice of cheese - $0.08
4 oz chopped frozen peppers and onions - $0.26
two more slices of cheese - $0.16
It is important to drain any meat well. It is also important that if you use frozen veggies, defrost them and make sure they are drained, otherwise the pizza may get soupy. I put cheese between ingredients because this recipe makes a tall pizza. This helps bind the ingredients together.
Let the pizza cook for another half hour on high, this will be one and a half hours total.
I asked my husband what he thought, and he said it was a 10 out of 10. I asked him what he thought the regular pizza was, and he said that was a 10 out of 10 as well. So, that means it is just as good, which is what I was going for.
Usually crock pot recipes mean less work, but I would say this was the same amount of work as making a regular from-scratch pizza, just timed differently. I saved around $0.17 by not turning on my oven. We have pizza every other week, which is an annual savings of $4.42. If I live another fifty years making pizza this way, that will be a lifetime savings of $221.00. Of course, energy efficient ovens may become more mainstream at some time before I die. I still won't want one because it's such a large appliance and to me, isn't worth the space it takes up.
This provided enough leftovers for my husband to have another meal at work and a meal for the kids at home. So it stretched beyond one meal, but not quite to two, which is what happened with the oven baked pizza as well.
UPDATE: This is the same recipe as my large pizza, so it will make a large pizza for the same cost. The only difference is, add 2 1/2 teaspoons of yeast instead of one to the crust.
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