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Brussel Sprout Pizza

10 Jan


My son had this pizza in New Hampshire.

He came home and told me about it and this is my version.

One pound of pizza dough

15 cloves of garlic confit

One recipe of Bechamel sauce

One large package of sliced raw brussel sprouts.

I love the precut sprouts.

6 tablespoon grated Italian cheese

8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 pound of diced bacon

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees

Place the oven rack on the lowest level of the oven.

Fry the diced bacon till you have crisp little pieces.

Drain the oil and mix the bacon with the shredded brussel sprouts

Grease the bottom of a pizza pan with a thin layer of Crisco

Stretch out the dough to the corners of the pan.

Smash the soft garlic in a bowl and spread over the dough evenly

Add the brussel sprout and bacon over the garlic

Season with salt and black pepper

Put it into the oven on the bottom rack for six or seven minutes to start cooking the crust.

The crust should be light brown.

Take out of the oven and taste the sprouts to make sure they are seasoned enough.

Add the bechamel sauce and top with the mozzarella cheese

Put it back into the oven and back for another 6 or 7 minutes or until the crust is crisp and brown and all the cheese is melted.

This is pretty good and another way to eat vegetables.

Lets not talk about the oil, butter and cheese.

This is pizza!

Bechemal Sauce Recipe

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

1 1/4 cups of hot milk

6 tablespoons grated Italian cheese

Melt the butter

Add the flour and mix well  about 2 minutes. Stir constantly

Add the hot milk and keep on stirring till it starts to thicken.

Boil for 2 to 3 minutes

Add the grated cheese and adjust the salt and  black pepper.

This is a great quick sauce with whatever kind of cheese you like.


Fresh Tomato and Garlic Pizza

29 Nov

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There is a bakery that makes this pizza and I had to copy it.

One pound of pizza dough

Crisco to grease the pan

Four thin sliced tomatoes

2 teaspoons crushed garlic

1/3 cup olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon oregano

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 big handfuls of grated cheese

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees

Grease the pan with Crisco

Press the dough into the pan

Toss the tomatoes, garlic, oil, salt, pepper, garlic salt and oregano together.

Layer the tomatoes neatly on the dough.

Add all the remaining oil

Cover with the grated cheese

Bake on the bottom rack of the oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

Check the bottom of the crust because it has to be brown to be crispy.

Every oven is different so cooking times really vary but always start checking early.

Personal Frying Pan Pizza

6 Nov

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I never order pizza any more because I end up eating the entire pie.

These little pizzas are fabulous and you can make the size you want.

You need a eight inch oven proof frying pan.

One pound of pizza dough cut into four equal pieces

One tablespoon oil

1/2 clove crushed garlic

1/8 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoon tomato sauce

One tablespoon grated cheese

Sprinkle of garlic powder and oregano

One slice mozzarella or muenster cheese

Optional topping sausage, pepperoni, peppers, onions etc.

Heat your oven to broil

Put the oil, garlic and salt in the frying pan

Slightly brown the garlic

Don’t burn it.

Stretch out one portion of the dough to fit the pan.

It should be about seven or eight inches

Gently place the dough in the hot oil

Put all the topping on now.

Make sure the dough is not sticking to the sides of the pan and if so just scrape it down to the oiled surface.

Cook on medium  to medium high heat for about a minute. Check the bottom of the dough, just lift up the edge with a fork.

It should be starting to brown.

Keep on the stove for about another minute or two.

Check to see if it is the color you like.

I like a good golden brown color because I like it crispy.

Take the entire pan and place it under the broiler until the cheese is bubbling and melted.

This takes about a minute or two.

Do not leave the oven, this needs to be watched. It burns in a second.

These pizzas could be made ahead of time and served hot or cold. They also freeze well.

I also made a sausage, spinach and three cheese pizza.

Now I’m going overboard and also made a feta, ricotta cheese  and olive pie.

Calorie wise I should just order the large pizza.




Grilled Vegetable Pizza

8 Feb


I feel like my life is in the grocery store  but I find some really good things.

This week I found the grilled frozen vegetables in Trader Joes.

I made them  with my salmon and still had leftovers.

Do I ever waste anything?  No.

Grease the bottom of a  9 x 13 baking pan with Crisco

One pound of pizza dough

Ten to twelve slices of thin cut Genoa salami to cover the entire surface os the dough

Layer the frozen , now defrosted ,vegetables on top of the salami

One thin sliced red onion

1/2 pound muenster cheese

1/4 pound provolone cheese

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees

Place in the oven on the bottom rack and bake for 15 to 20 minutes

Make sure the bottom crust is brown and crisp

A Vegetable pizza was never better


Matthews Bolognaise Calzone

31 Aug


I made Bolognaise and gave a container to all my children.

Matthew decided to make a calzone with it and I have to post it because it was so delicious.

One half a pound of pizza dough

Three to four heaping tablespoons of COLD bolognaise

1/4 pound mozzarella cheese

Two slices Muenster or Provolone cheese

One tablespoon Parmesan Cheese

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.

Grease a pizza pan with Crisco just in the calzone spot.

Flatten out the dough to the size of a big dinner plate

Place the cheese in the middle then add the bolognaise

Fold the top dough over the filling then fold the bottom dough over that,

Its like you are folding a business letter into thirds.

Take the sides and flatten them and fold them under the calzone that only has one layer of dough.

Now you have a pretty pouch

Place on the baking pan

Bake for about 8 minutes then turn the temperature down to 450 degrees for another ten minutes or until the calzone in nice and brown.

This is a showstopper


Pizza and eggs

29 Aug


Don’t go yuck yet

There is a bakery called Calvitos and they make a tomato garlic pizza to die for.

So I bought a pizza and with the couple of slices left over we had breakfast

Heat the pizza in the toaster oven

Fry one or two eggs and place on the pizza

Garnish with avocado slices

Top with some hot sauce and it is a delicious meal

This was so good it is blog worthy.

Tomato and Mozzarella Salad Pizza

20 Jul


I made a huge tomato salad a couple of days ago and got tired of eating it but I never get tired of pizza.

One pound of good pizza dough

Crisco to grease the pizza pan

The tomato salad was to easy.

Four packages of grape tomatoes

Two containers of small mozzarella balls

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper

12 fresh basil leaves

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 cup olive oil

Mix well

Strain the oil off the salad and save it.

Heat the oven to 475 degrees

Grease the 9×12 pan with the crisco

Spread the dough in the pan.

Place three to four tablespoons of the salad oil on the pizza crust and spread evenly.

Start placing the tomatoes and cheese on the dough.

This is where my craziness comes out because I had to line up all the tomatoes and then line up all the cheese until everything was even.

It did look pretty.

Drizzle with a couple more tablespoon of the  salad oil.

Bake for about 15 minutes on the bottom oven rack.

Make sure the crust is nice and brown.

You can also add leftover chicken or shrimp but my favorite is plain.

Save the leftover oil for frying, it is delicious.