White Sauce Stuffed Crust Pizza

I know y'all know I love pizza. I'm just a cheese and bread type of woman and this covers those bases for me. I've always loved pizza. I remember asking my dad to take me for pizza every Friday as a kid. I knew the people at Pizza Hut by first name. I even skipped class in high school with my friends to eat the buffet at a mom & pop pizza joint in my hometown. I love a good pizza.

This pizza is for grown-ups. Kids will love it, but it's made for adults who like to sit around naked and eat Chinese Food. I'm currently bumping Kendrick Lamar's Poetic Justice as I type this thinking of the days that I used to sneak and smoke weed in college. If I had this pizza on those nights, I wouldn't have been stuffing my face with Dunkin' Donuts.

THE RECIPE

  • Pizza Dough, recipe here
  • 1 c. Milk
  • 8 oz. String Cheese
  • 8 oz. Mozzarella, sliced
  • 6 oz. Fontina, shredded
  • 4 oz. Ricotta
  • 4 oz. Pancetta, cooked
  • 2 oz. Mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. Basil, chopped 
  • 2 Tbsp. Parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter, unsalted
  • 2 Tbsp. All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp. Salt
  • 2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  1. Make pizza dough and set aside. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. To make the pizza sauce, heat milk in a small saucepan until it begins to simmer then remove.
  3. In another saucepan, using medium-low heat, melt butter until melted. 
  4. Add flour and whisk until smooth. Cook the raw flour "taste" out for 1-2 minutes... remember to stir.
  5. Increase the heat to medium then add the warm milk slowly then add salt, garlic powder and cayenne pepper. Make sure you are whisking as you add the milk. 
  6. Cook the sauce mixture until thickened. Make sure you stir to avoid the bottom burning. Remove from heat.
  7. Place string cheese on the edge of pizza crust, roll and tuck. Avoid leaving any open pockets.
  8. Top dough with pizza sauce, mozzarella, fontina, ricotta, pancetta and mushrooms.
  9. Bake for 12 minute or until the crust is bubbly and golden brown in spots.
  10. Remove from the oven and top with chopped parsley and basil.