Priazzo Recipe-Less Wait than the 1985 Pizza Hut Priazzo!

copy cat pizza hut priazzo with art crust

Those who grew up in the mid to late 80’s (1985 to be exact) may remember that Pizza Hut used to have a delicious dish known as the Priazzo.

This deliciousness was the invention of Charles Brymer, who was a marketing consultant who had also named the Pontiac Fiero.

It was a thick pan pizza that was more like a pie filled with meat, veggies, etc.

Some may say it might be more comparable to lasagna, but with a crust.

the priazzo from pizza hut

 

It was so popular at the chain restaurant that there is a Facebook group: Bring the Pizza Hut Priazzo Back.

The appeal of the Pizza Hut Priazzo was not just one but deep-dish offerings times FOUR.

Yeah, yeah, I hear you in the back.

These weren’t traditional deep dish pizzas in the pure term.

More of a–what’s the word we use now? Fusion?

Yes!

A fusion of stuffed pizza colliding with deep dish pizza.

A layer of sauce.

The layer of pizza toppings.

Another layer of crust.

More sauce.

Even more toppings.

More cheese!

The original came in three varieties, each named after Italian cities.

A small Priazzo sold for about $8.05, a medium was $10.95, and a large ran around $13.75.

It’s the ultimate Italian Pie.

A blast from the food in our past we want back.

For those wanting a little blast past from the past, here’s a Pizza Hut Priazzo commercial:

 

 

Why did Pizza Hut stop making Priazzo?

To be fair, there was a long wait, which is most likely why it is no longer on their menu.

The wait was so long that Pizza Hut took it off their lunch menu and had specific times when the priazzo would be served, typically after 4 PM on weekdays and weekends.

Pizza Hut last mentioned this menu item in print by Pizza Hut in 1993.

We simplified the recipe for the same fun and great flavor, but without the hassle!

This recipe uses only Mozzarella cheese, however, the possibilities are endless.

If you want to make it more authentic, Pizza Hut has several different cheese blends that they use.

One source says their signature “cheese blend” is made up of four kinds of cheese (sharp Cheddar, Edam, Romano, Parmesan).

I have been told the original Pizza Hut “cheese blend” had six kinds of cheese: Mozzarella, Cheddar, Parmesan, Provolone, Monterey Jack, and Romano.

We think the Mozzarella has a more authentic taste as the 1985 Pizza Hut Priazzo.

Fun Fact: Pizza Hut uses three percent of all U.S. cheese production–the company uses more than 300-million pounds of cheese annually.

While Pizza Hut took it off the menu in 1986, we created this copycat Pizza Hut Priazzo to bring it back to dinner tonight!

priazzo homemade with priazzo art crust

 

Bring the 1980s back to dinner with this Copy Cat Pizza Hut Priazzo!

Recipe Ingredients:

1 box Pillsbury pie-crusts (or use this copycat Pizza Hut Pizza Dough)

2 jars Ragu pizza sauce (Try making the Copy Cat Pizza Hut Pizza Sauce!)

1 pound sausage or ground beef (I like a combination of the two)

1 small onion, optional (diced)

1 package pepperonis

4 cups mozzarella cheese (or try cheddar cheese)

priazzo ingredients on counter

 

How to Make a Priazzo:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

Prepare a deep pie pan with non-stick spray.

Unroll one pie crust into a pie pan. (I recommend deep dish 9-inch pie plates)

TIP:

You’ll want to work it up the sides of your pan. In the end, the dough should overlap the sides making a barrier to hold the thick, delicious pizza sauce.

This is a sure-fire way to lock in all the flavors of your pizza

pie crust in pan

 

Brown sausage over medium heat in a large skillet.

Add the small onion here, if using–it will cook with the sausage.

ground meat in pan

 

Drain the grease from the sausage.

browned ground meat in pan

 

Add the meat from the pan to the prepared pie crust.

adding brown meat to top of pie crust in pan

 

Pour half of the jar of Ragu pizza sauce onto the sausage.

pouring canned pizza sauce over ground meat

 

Layer 2 cups of mozzarella cheese on top of the meat.

layer of shredded mozzarella cheese in pan

 

Next, pour the second half of the jar of Ragu pizza sauce over the layer of mozzarella cheese.

second layer of pizza sauce

 

Layer the pepperonis on top of the sauce.

layer of pepperoni in pie dish for priazzo

 

Add half of the pizza sauce from the second jar of Ragu pizza sauce on top of the pepperonis and smooth out.

pizza sauce on top of layer of pepperoni

 

Layer 2 more cups of the mozzarella cheese.

second layer of shredded mozzarella in priazzo

 

Then the second half of the second jar of Ragu pizza sauce on top.

pizza sauce layer on top of shredded cheese layer

 

Unroll the second Pillsbury pie crust on top of the pizza pie and tuck the edges in.

Crimp edges after tucking to keep all the goodness inside.

priazzo ready for oven with heart shape poked into pie crust

 

Cut holes on top for ventilation.

Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until the crust is a golden brown and cooked through.

TIP:

To keep the edges of the crust from getting too done, cover the edges of the pie crust with foil for most of the cooking time and then remove it during the last 10-15 minutes of baking so the crust will brown.

Serves 6. 

Refrigerate leftovers. 

Reheats very well.

That first bite is going to be amazing!

We all know Pizza Hut has options, so if you want to Flashback, even more,

Try these variations for your Copy Cat Pizza Hut Priazzo:

Priazzo Roma:

Use a small green pepper, black olives, mushrooms, pepperoni, Italian sausage, ground beef, Mozzarella, onion, and cheddar cheese.

Godfather:

Add Monterrey Jack, Parmesan, ricotta to the Roma variation

Milano:

Meat eater’s Delight pile on the Canadian bacon but leave out the small onion.

Florentine:

Combine five kinds of cheese: Ricotta, Parmesan, Romano, Mozzarella, and Cheddar. Add ham and a bit of spinach.

Priazzo Napoli:

Add sliced tomatoes to the top layer.

 

baked priazzo
Photo by Miabella Bakes

What is your favorite version of the Pizza Hut Priazzo Pizza?

copy cat pizza hut priazzo with art crust

Copy Cat Pizza Hut Priazzo Pizza

Yield: 8-10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

We broke the code on the 1985 Pizza Hut Priazzo and skipped the wait time to offer you this Priazzo Recipe. Bring the 1980s back to dinner!

Ingredients

  • 1 box Pillsbury pie-crusts
  • 2 jars Ragu pizza sauce
  • 1 pound sausage
  • 1 package pepperonis
  • 4 cups mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Prepare a deep pie pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Unroll one pie crust into pie pan.
  3. Brown sausage over medium heat.
  4. Drain grease from the sausage.
  5. Add meat to pan with pie crust prepared.
  6. Pour ½ jar of Ragu pizza sauce onto sausage.
  7. Layer 2 cups of mozzarella cheese.
  8. Next, pour the second half of the jar of Ragu pizza sauce.
  9. Layer the pepperonis on top of the sauce.
  10. Add ½ of the second jar of Ragu pizza sauce on top of the pepperonis and smooth out.
  11. Layer 2 more cups of mozzarella cheese,
  12. Then the second half of the second jar of Ragu pizza sauce on top.
  13. Unroll the second Pillsbury pie crust on top of the pizza pie and tuck the edges in.
  14. Cut holes on top for ventilation.
  15. Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until the crust is a golden brown and cooked through.

Notes

TIP: You’ll want to work it up the sides of your pan. In the end, the dough should overlap the sides making a barrier to hold the thick, delicious pizza sauce.

TIP: To keep the edges of the crust from getting too done, cover the edges of the pie crust with foil for most of the cooking time and then remove it during the last 10-15 minutes of baking so the crust will brown

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 361Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 775mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 17g

Nutritional Information may not be accurate.

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