American Flag Pizzas


1 pkg. 2 pkgs.(14 oz. ea.)             Refrigerated pizza crust
1 cup 2 cup Prepared pizza sauce
3/4 cup 1 1/3 cups Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
6             12                           Cheese sticks or string cheese (about 1 oz. ea), quartered    lengthwise (18 pieces total) (class 9 pieces
12 25 Pepperoni slices, quartered
11×17-inch pan

Preheat oven to 400?F.

Lightly coat two nonstick 17×11-inch (class 1 pan) baking sheets with cooking spray.

Unwrap pizza dough.  Roll each one out onto a prepared baking sheet.  Starting at the center, press out dough with hands to edge of pan.  Place on center oven rack; bake 8 minutes.  Remove crust but leave oven on.

Spoon 1 cup pizza sauce on each crust.  Using back of spoon, spread evenly over crusts.  Sprinkle cheddar cheese so that it covers upper left quarter of pizzas.

Arrange 24 cheese strips on each pizza to resemble stripes of the flag.  Place some strips end to end of necessary to make stripes across the width of the crust.

Place 50 pepperoni quarters on the cheddar cheese to represent the 50 stars (states).

Return one pizza to middle rack of oven, bake 8 minutes or until cheese has melted and edges are golden brown.  (Do not over bake.)  Remove from oven, set aside, and bake second pizza. 

To serve, slice each flag into 16 pieces when cooled enough to handle.

NOTE:  For peak flavors, assemble the pizzas and refrigerate once baked and serve cool.  This recipe does not stand up well to reheating in a microwave oven.

Yield: 1/2 Recipe 16 pieces  Complete Recipe 32 pieces.

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