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Bring fun to mealtime with these tasty pizza recipes your family will love to make and eat.

For dinner tonight, turn on the fun and try one of these easy-to-make pizza recipes that begin with convenient Pillsbury refrigerated pizza crust. Bring the whole family into the kitchen to make preparation a hands-on activity. Each person can add a tasty, customized twist along the way. For example, the 4-Square Family Pizza allows for four tailored mini masterpieces all on one crust that bake at one time. There's also a slam dunk idea for pleasing kids who love playing with their food. Pizza Dipping Sticks are a hand-held version of pepperoni pizza in a dunkable stick. Or tap into a pizzeria trend and bake up a Stuffed Crust Pizza. The kids will have fun helping "stuff" the crust with string cheese. Buffalo Chicken Pizza is a top taste pick that's baked in a rectangle for easy serving.

"Making pizza together is a great way to get dinner on the table while having some fun as a family in the kitchen," said Julie Hinderks, pizza recipe creator and senior test kitchen expert. "When you start with refrigerated pizza crust dough, it's easy to roll up your sleeves and join in--from pressing out the dough, to adding sauce, to topping the pizza with cheese and favorite ingredients. People will find there are countless ways to improvise, customize and create a pizza that everyone in the family will enjoy."

For more pizza recipes, visit www.Pillsbury.com and type "pizza" into the Search Recipes box.

Buffalo Chicken Pizzas

This tasty recipe was a finalist in the 39th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest in 2000. Create four mini crusts and top with Buffalo Chicken for a flavor-packed pie.

Olive oil
1 can (13.8 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated pizza crust
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium sweet onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
3 tablespoons red pepper sauce
1 cup diced plum (Roma) tomatoes (3 medium)
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (4 oz)

Heat oven to 425 F. Lightly coat cookie sheet with olive oil. Unroll dough; with sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut into 4 rectangles. Place rectangles on cookie sheet; press each into 6- by 5-inch rectangle. In 10-inch skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add chicken, onion and pepper sauce; cook 4 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink in center. Remove from heat; stir in tomatoes. With slotted spoon, spoon mixture over dough rectangles to within 1/4 inch of edges. Sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake 13 to 16 minutes or until crust is deep golden brown.

Pizza Dipping Sticks

Simply unroll the refrigerated pizza crust dough and let the fun begin. Kids will enjoy the making and the eating with these pizza sticks ready for dunking!

1 can (13.8 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated pizza crust
30 slices pepperoni (from 3.5-oz package)
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (6 oz)
1 to 1 1/2 cups pizza sauce, warmed

Heat oven to 400 F. Grease cookie sheet, or spray with cooking spray. Unroll dough; place on cookie sheet. Starting at center, press out dough into 13- by 9-inch rectangle. Bake 7 minutes. Top with pepperoni and cheese. Bake 8 to 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Cool 2 minutes. Cut pizza in half lengthwise, then cut into 16 (1 1/2 inch) strips. Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.

Stuffed-Crust Pizza

Ever tried eating a slice of pizza crust-side first? One bite of this delicious, cheesy stuffed-crust and it may be difficult to leave the best for last.

1 can (13.8 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated pizza crust
7 sticks (1 oz each) string cheese
1/2 cup pizza sauce
24 slices pepperoni (from 3.5-oz package)
1 cup cooked ground sausage
2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend (8 oz)

Heat oven to 425 F. Spray 12-inch pizza pan with cooking spray. Unroll dough; place in pan. Starting at center, press out dough to edge of pan, pressing up and extending over sides by at least 1 inch. Place string cheese around inside edge of crust. Fold extended edge of dough over cheese; pinch firmly to seal. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until crust is set and edges are light golden brown. Spoon and spread sauce evenly over crust. Top with pepperoni, sausage and cheese blend. Bake 12 to 16 minutes longer or until crust is deep golden brown and cheese in center is melted. Cut into wedges.

4-Square Family Pizza

Divide and conquer with this made-to-order pizza. Use Cheddar cheese to section off the refrigerated crust into fourths, and then let each family member customize a square.

Cornmeal, if desired
1 can (13.8 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated pizza crust
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (2 oz)
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (6 oz)

BBQ Chicken Pizza Square

1 tablespoon chopped red onion
1/2 cup refrigerated honey hickory barbecue sauce with shredded chicken, large pieces cut up

Margherita Pizza Square

1 tablespoon shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
4 to 5 (1/4-inch-thick) slices plum (Roma) tomato (about 1 large tomato)
1 tablespoon thin fresh basil strips

Hawaiian Pizza Square

2 tablespoons pizza sauce
2 slices Canadian bacon, quartered
1/4 cup pineapple tidbits, well drained (from 8-oz can)

Pepperoni Pizza Square

2 tablespoons pizza sauce
8 to 10 slices pepperoni (from 3.5-oz package)

Heat oven to 425 F. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray; sprinkle with cornmeal. Unroll dough; place on cookie sheet. Starting at center, press out dough into 14- by 12-inch rectangle. Brush dough with olive oil. Bake 6 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese in the shape of a "plus sign" on crust, dividing the crust into four squares. Top each square with 1 of the 4 variations listed above to make 4 different squares; if desired, arrange the pepperoni to make a happy face. Top entire pizza with mozzarella cheese. Bake 10 to 13 minutes longer or until crust is deep golden brown and cheese is melted and bubbly. Cut pizza into 4 squares; cut each square into 4 squares to make a total of 16 squares.

You Could Win $1 Million

Your original pizza creation could earn you $1 million in the upcoming 43rd Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest. Create an original recipe for a snack or family pizza, calzone, panini or more using Pillsbury refrigerated pizza crust for the Pizza Creations category, and you could become the next Bake-Off Contest millionaire. Visit bakeoff.yahoo.com for details and to enter the contest. There are four other recipe categories in the contest, so pizza is just one of several ways you could win. Entry deadline is April 22.


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