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

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Those who grew up in the 80s (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.

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

priazzo with cut out letters that read "Pizza Hut Priazzo"

 

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

Recipe Ingredients:

1 box Pillsbury pie-crusts

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

1 pound sausage

1 package pepperonis

4 cups mozzarella cheese

recipe ingredients pie crust, pepperoni, cheese, pizza sauce

 

How to Make a Priazzo:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

Prepare a deep pie pan with non-stick spray.

Unroll one pie crust into pie pan.

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.

According to Culinary Lab School, this is a sure-fire way to lock in all the flavors of your pizza

pie crust in pan

Brown sausage over medium heat.

raw sausage in frying pan

Drain grease from the sausage.

cooked sausage in frying pan

Add meat to pan with pie crust prepared.

adding sausage to pie crust

Pour ½ jar of Ragu pizza sauce onto sausage.

adding pizza sauce to sausage

Layer 2 cups of mozzarella cheese.

cheese on top of sausage and sauce

Next, pour the second half of the jar of Ragu pizza sauce.

adding more sauce

Layer the pepperonis on top of the sauce.

layer of pepperoni

Add ½ of the second jar of Ragu pizza sauce on top of the pepperonis and smooth out.

layer of sauce

Layer 2 more cups of mozzarella cheese,

layer of cheese

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

sauce on shredded cheese

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

heart 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.

baked priazzo

Serves 6. 

Refrigerate leftovers. 

Reheats very well.

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:

Roma:

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

Godfather:

Add Monterrey Jack, Parmesan, ricotta to the Roma variation

Milano:

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

Florentine:

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

Napoli:

Add sliced tomatoes to the top layer.

Delicious copy cat pizza hut pizza sauce in bowl with fresh basil leaves on a plate with it

Copy Cat Pizza Hut Pizza Sauce:

Time: 35-minutes

Makes: 2 cups

Copy Cat Pizza Hut Pizza Sauce Ingredients:

1 (15 ounces) can tomato sauce

1/8 cup  water

1 teaspoon sugar

1/4  teaspoon dried oregano

1/8  teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon dried basil leaves

1 whole bay leaf

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

 

Copy Cat Pizza Hut Pizza Sauce Directions:

In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients.

Bring sauce to a rapid boil.

Next, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, or until it is to your desired thickness.

 

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

We broke the code on the 1985 Pizza Hut Priazzo and skipped the wait time to offer you this Priazzo Recipe. Bring the 1908s back to dinner! #priazzo #copycatpizzahut #copycatrecipes #pizzahut

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 correct

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M Jones

Saturday 9th of May 2020

I worked at Pizza Hut in 1990 and one night after hours during an inventory my manager had me go to the attic of the store and dig out these spiked round “heat exchangers?” That night she made us a priazzo. I absolutely loved it. *you need the spiked thing so it cooks all the way through

Julee

Saturday 9th of May 2020

I can see if you were using pizza crust as layers (or baking a thick cake), the heating tube would be necessary. Using the pie crust minimizes the need and it's only as thick as a deep-dish pie.

Debbie

Saturday 14th of December 2019

Though this looks and sounds really yummy, it’s not terribly close to the Priazzo. I worked there as a teen and made many of these. They were so good but took a long time to bake. Should use rhin pizza crust which is much less buttery than pie crust. Sauce always first! You’re basically making a pizza first, then a top crust and pizza on top. The top crust should have sauce and cheese only. The top was never just dry crust. I miss it and wish they’d bring it back!

Melvin Ward

Saturday 25th of May 2019

ABSOLUTELY the BEST pizza ever created anywhere. Pizza Hut needs to bring it back!!!

Julee

Saturday 29th of June 2019

Agreed.

Kathy

Saturday 27th of April 2019

I loved this pizza back in the day. It was my favorite. Just found your recipe yesterday and just took my pizza out of the oven a few minutes ago. Thanks for putting this recipe out there for everyone.

Dave

Saturday 23rd of February 2019

I just saw a copy of your post and I'm adopting and adapting them both to gluten free crusts. Thanks for the post..

Julee

Tuesday 26th of February 2019

Let me know how it turns out for you. Thank you for stopping by.

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