Three-Cheese Football Pizza

Pizza is a crowd favorite for Super Bowl foods.  This fun football shaped pie is the perfect addition to your game day spread!  It's loaded with three types of Wisconsin cheese and savory meatballs for the perfect mix of meaty, cheesy goodness.  
  • 1 1/2 cups pizza sauce
  • 12 frozen fully cooked meatballs, thawed (1/2-ounce each)
  • 1 pound (16 ounces) fresh or frozen pizza dough, thawed
  • 10 pieces Mozzarella String Cheese Sticks
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cubed and melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 ounces Mozzarella cheese, shredded (1 cup)
  • 2 ounces Asiago or Parmesan cheese, shredded (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 450°F
    2. Combine pizza sauce and meatballs in large saucepan.  Heat over medium heat for 12-15 minutes or until meatballs are heated through.
    3. While the meatballs are cooking, roll out and stretch pizza dough on a lightly floured cutting board to a 17" x 12" rectangle. Cut short sides of dough to angle inward, creating a football shape.  Cut dough scraps into thin strips for football laces; set aside.
    4. Transfer pizza dough to a greased 15" x 10" baking pan.  Excess dough will hang over edges of pan.  Place string cheese within 1 inch of edges.  Fold dough over string cheese, press to seal.
    5. Whisk butter and garlic powder in a small bowl; brush mixture over dough and football laces.
    6. Spoon pizza sauce and meatballs over dough.  Sprinkle with mozzarella and asiago/parmesan.  Top with green pepper and onion.  Arrange reserved football laces on pizza.
    7. Bake for 15-17 minute or until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbly.  Cool slightly before serving.




     - Depending on the size of your meatballs, you may want to cut them in half for easier eating. 

    - Try with smoked string cheese or smoked mozzarella for an added savory, smoky flavor! 

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