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The best way to eat a pizza is to stick the thing in a deep fryer and let the magic happen.
Servings: 4
Author: Cravings of a Lunatic and Mini-me


  • For the dough:
  • 1 cup water or beer
  • 1 ½ tablespoons shortening
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 cups white flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons yeast bread machine
  • For the panzerotti:
  • 1 dough split into 4 pieces
  • 1 ½ cups pizza sauce
  • 1 cup ham cut up
  • 1 cup pepperoni cut up or shredded
  • 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • Optional:
  • Peppers
  • Sausage
  • Onion
  • Pineapple
  • any other toppings you like on pizza


  • For the dough:
  • I use a bread machine for mine. Just add everything in order into your baking pan and set inside the chamber, turn on the dough setting.
  • You could also mix this in your stand mixer using the dough attachment and use fast rising yeast.
  • You could also do it in your food processor using fast rising yeast.
  • For the pizza:
  • Make your dough ahead of time. I usually make mine in the morning and let it rise some more (about an hour) in a container in a warm spot. Then I stick it in the fridge until I need it. Cold dough is way easier to work with for some reason.
  • Cut up all your meat and any other toppings you want inside. Set aside.
  • Shred your cheese.
  • Turn on your deep fryer and set to max heat.
  • Now take your dough and make sure you divided it into 4 pieces. Set 3 aside and start working on your first one.
  • You want to lay it out on a floured surface. You can either hand stretch it or use a rolling pin.
  • Roll it just like you would a pizza.
  • Now in the middle of the dough put some sauce. About 4 or 5 tablespoons should be good.
  • Now toss on your meat, also right in the middle.
  • Now add your cheese. Make sure you leave enough rim to wrap the panzerotti so you want a good 1 to ½ inch space around the edge.
  • Now take your dough and fold it over. It should make a little half moon.
  • Now press lightly on the middle where the toppings are to remove any air. Important step.
  • Now press down the edges to seal them.
  • Now you take those edges and fold them over on again.
  • Press the edges down really well so you have an air tight seal.
  • Now very carefully lift it up (by hand if you're a pro, spatula if not) and drop it very carefully in the grease. Be super careful as it will splatter and spurt a bit.
  • Now cook each side for about 3 to 5 minutes. You need to flip it over and cook both sides. Do not push down and immerse it or it could explode. You can always use tongs if you find a section not browning enough.
  • Remove carefully and set on a paper towel to drain.
  • Repeat until you made all 4.
  • Serve with a big old gooey cheesy smile!