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Pizza Pot Pies

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1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped (⁄₂ cup)
1 small green bell pepper, chopped (⁄₂ cup)
1 can (8 oz) pizza sauce
1 can (4 oz) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
1 cup Original Bisquick mix
cup boiling water


1. Heat oven to 375°F. Grease four 10- to 12-ounce casseroles. In 10-inch skillet, cook beef, onion and bell pepper over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain.

2. Stir pizza sauce and mushrooms into beef. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon beef mixture into casseroles. Sprinkle ¼ cup of the cheese on each.

3. In small bowl, stir Bisquick mix and boiling water until soft dough forms; beat vigorously 20 strokes. Turn dough onto surface dusted with baking mix; gently roll in baking mix to coat. Shape into ball; knead about 10 times or until smooth. Divide dough into 4 balls. Pat each ball into circle the size of diameter of casserole. Place each circle on beef mixture in casserole.

4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until crust is very light brown.

For variety, add sliced olives, chopped tomatoes or sliced pepperoni, cut into fourths, to the pizza sauce mixture.
For a special Halloween treat, use a small cookie cutter to cut a jack-o-lantern, cat, pumpkin or moon shape out of the dough circle before putting it on the beef mixture.

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