Government Pizza

Back in the day, I used to live for the days when I bought my lunch at school. Not that I didn’t love my homemade lunches. But I knew that on certain special days, I could go into the school cafeteria and get me one of those square school pizzas, better known as government pizza, with a Jungle Juice to help wash it down.

I honestly can’t tell you the last time I had that special pizza, but I bet it’s been almost 35 years. Maybe longer. But someone on Facebook posted the recipe, so I had to share with all of you in case you ever want to relive the glory days of the elementary school cafeteria. You’re welcome:

The School Pizza Recipe- Don’t Lose This Recipe 😋
2-2/3 cup flour3/4 cup powdered milk
2 T sugar1 package quick rise yeast
1 tsp salt1-2/3 cup warm water (110-115)
2 T vegetable oilFilling:
1/2 lb Italian sausage
1/2 lb ground chuck
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 (8oz) block mozzarella cheese
Sauce (I make the day before):
1 (6oz) can tomato paste
1 1/2 cups water
1/3 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic minced
1 t salt1 tsp pepper
1/2 T dried oregano
1/2 T dried basil
1/2 t dried rosemary
Preheat oven to 475.
Spray 18 x 13 sheet pan with Pam and lay parchment paper down.
Add flour, powered milk, sugar, yeast, and salt to a large bowl.
Whisk to blend.Add oil to warm water.
Pour into flour mixture.
Stir with a wooden spoon until batter forms.
Don’t worry about lumps – you just want no dry spots.
Spread dough onto sheet pan with fingertips until even.
If the dough doesn’t want to cooperate then let it rest for 5 min and try again.
Bake just the crust for 8-10 min. Remove from oven and set aside.
Filling: Brown meats (add salt and pepper) until it resembles crumbles. Drain, set aside.Get out sauce.
To partially baked crust assemble:
Spread sauce all over crust.
Sprinkle meats.
Sprinkle cheese.
Bake at 475 for 8-10 min. until cheese starts to brown.
Let stand 5 min, cut into slices and serve.

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