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Sweet and Spicy Basil Cup N’ Crisp Pepperoni Pizza with Hot Honey

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Pizza Dough
2 cups ‘00’ pizza flour or bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
teaspoon instant yeast
¾ cup warm water
¼ cup crushed canned tomatoes such as San Marzano, seasoned with salt
2 tablespoons basil pesto
Crushed red pepper flakes, as desired
½ cup shredded fontina cheese
2 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, torn into pieces
1 jalapeño pepper, sliced
½ (5-ounce) package HORMEL® Pepperoni Cup N’ Crisp
Fresh basil, as desired
Hot Honey
¼ fluid ounce honey
2 teaspoons garlic chili paste


For the Pizza Dough

  1. In medium bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add water and stir to combine into rough dough. Cover bowl. Allow to rise at room temperature 12 hours.

  2. Divide dough in half. Transfer each piece to floured surface. Stretch and fold each piece, using flour to prevent sticking, to create 2 dough balls.

  3. Transfer each ball to floured bowl. Cover each bowl and allow to rise 45 minutes.

For the Pizza

  1. Heat oven to 500°F.

  2. Stretch or roll dough into a 10-inch circle. Transfer to pizza pan. Spread with tomatoes and pesto. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes. Top with cheeses, jalapeño peppers and pepperoni.

  3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until crust is browned, cheese is bubbly, and pepperoni is crisp. Serve with fresh basil and hot honey.

For the Hot Honey

  1. In small bowl, combine ingredients.