The first time that I ate popover pizza was at my sister’s house. I really loved it and I had asked for the recipe, but for some reason, she never gave me the recipe. I am not sure if she forgot to give it to me or if I forgot to remind her. So when I found the recipe in the cookbook that I have borrowed from Krista’s boyfriend’s mom, I was excited and could not wait to make it.
Friday in our house is frozen pizza night. I know frozen pizza is pretty sad for someone who writes a cooking blog, but after a hard week of work Mike and I settle for something that is easy and quick. This last Friday night our two daughters were going to be at home for supper, and since I had all the ingredients for this popover pizza I thought it would be a great time to make it.
The nice thing about popover pizza besides that it is easy and fast to make, like pizza you can add the ingredients that your family loves to pizza. The popover pizza that I made for us was a simple one that included Italian sausage, pepperoni, a little green pepper, and cheese. For myself, I would have added everything but the kitchen sink, but then I would have not pleased everybody.
You may wonder why it is called popover pizza. Mike was wondering the same thing until we sat down to eat. You see the batter that you make is poured over the top of your meat, cheese, and sauce to make sort of a crust when it bakes, and then when you serve it you popover or flip over the crust so that it is on the bottom. Wallah, this is how you get the name popover pizza. So if you want a family-pleasing easy dish to make I hope you try this popover pizza, I don’t think you will be sorry.
Popover Pizza (Recipes from Home A Collection of Favorites Compiled by Ruth J Steinfeldt)
1 pound ground beef or Italian sausage (I used sausage)
Enough pepperoni to make one layer over sausage
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
2 cups of spaghetti or pizza sauce
16 ounces of mozzarella cheese
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup flour
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Brown ground beef or sausage (if you add onion add to the meat while browning). Add spaghetti or pizza sauce and mix well. Place mixture in a greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over meat mixture. Combine eggs, milk, oil, and flour and mix to well blended. Pour batter over the mozzarella cheese layer. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over batter. Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into squares. “Flip over” or “Popover” when serving so meat and cheese are on top.
Note: The options are endless as to what combinations of ingredients you can use for this popover pizza, so use your imagination and go wild.