Stuffed-Crust Sopressata Pizza with Lemony Arugula Salad


Yes, it's easy to make this upscale pizza right in your own oven.  The puff pastry crust is filled with melted mozzarella and once the pizza comes out of the oven, it's topped with a refreshing arugula salad.  Delizioso!

  • Thaw: 40 minutes
  • Prep: 20 minutes
  • Bake: 20 minutes
  • Cool: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 4
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  • 1 egg

  • 1 tbsp. water

  • 1 pkg. (17.3 ounces) Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets, thawed according to package directions

  • 4 oz. whole milk mozzarella cheese

  • 2 tbsp. Prego® Pizzeria Style Pizza Sauce

  • 4 slices thin slices sopressata or hard salami, torn into pieces

  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice

  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

  • 8 cups fresh baby arugula leaves


  1. Heat the oven to 400°F. Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork. 

  2. Unfold 1 pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Using a 9-inch pie plate as a template, cut the pastry sheet into a 9-inch circle. Repeat with the remaining pastry sheet. Reserve the trimmings for another use.

  3. Cut half the cheese into about 16 sticks. Thinly slice the remaining cheese.

  4. Brush the edges of the pastry circles with the egg mixture. Place the cheese sticks around the edges of the pastry circles. Fold the edges of the pastry over to enclose the cheese and press to seal. Brush the seam and edges of the pastry with the egg mixture. Prick the center of the pastry circles thoroughly with a fork.

  5. Spread 1 tablespoon pizza sauce on each pastry circle. Divide the cheese slices and sopressata evenly between the pastry circles.

  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and the cheese is melted. Let the pizzas cool on the baking sheets on wire racks for 10 minutes.

  7. Beat the lemon juice, oil and black pepper in a large bowl with a fork or whisk. Add the arugula and toss to coat. Divide the arugula mixture evenly between the pizzas.

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The kind of pan you use can affect baking times. A nonstick or dark glazed baking sheet may bake faster, so adjust your time and check pastry while baking.

If your Puff Pastry becomes soft and sticky while working with it, chill it in the fridge for a few minutes. Place in the refrigerator between rollings, too.

Always flip and place the cut side of the Puff Pastry down on the baking sheet.

You can thaw Puff Pastry in the fridge. Separate and place each sheet on a plate, cover with plastic wrap and defrost in the refrigerator for about 4 hours.

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Sasha A.
Date: 7/7/2010

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