Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Almost Homemade Pizza

When I've got leftovers and want to make a quick pizza, I make this recipe. I call it:

AlmostHomemade Pizza
1 Package of Pillsbury Pizza Crust
1 Can of Diced Tomatoes
1 Can of Small Artichoke Hearts
1 Small can of sliced black olives
1 Package of Grated Mozzarella
1 Package of Italian Style 6 Cheese Grated Cheese
1/2 Pound of Ground Sirloin, browned
1 Onion, chopped
1 Package of Fresh Mushrooms, sliced
1 Tablespoon Oregano (dried)

When I make this recipe, it makes enough for two large VERY thin pizzas. The night before we had the pizza, I made hamburgers and since there are only two of us, we only used half of the pound of ground sirloin that I'd bought. So, I went ahead & browned the meat in a skillet, to use the next night on the pizza. When I make the two pizzas, we eat one that night and freeze the other one to be eaten a couple of days later, usually on the weekend.

1. Remove pizza dough from carton and cut in half. Roll out each piece of pizza dough on 2 cookie sheets (or pizza pans) and begin working it & stretching it thinner & larger.

2. Poke holes all over each pizza with a fork, then place in a 350 degree oven for 6 to 8 minutes, or until just partially cooked. Remove from oven and set aside.

3. While you're waiting, you can lightly saute the mushrooms for a minute or two, but this step can be skipped if you prefer.

4. Empty contents of can of tomatoes into a food processor, add the tablespoon of oregano and process until smooth.

5. Using a tablespoon, spread tomato sauce evenly around each of the pizzas.

6. Now add a light layer of the 6 cheese mixture to each pizza.

7. Sprinkle the ground sirloin evenly over both pizzas.

8. Next, sprinkle the chopped artichoke hearts evenly over both pizzas, then repeat process using the black olives, the chopped onions, and the lightly suateed mushrooms.

9. The last ingredient to go on is the cheese, which you can put on as much or as little as you like. Since I seldom ever measure anything, I can only tell you that I normally use about 1/2 of each package of cheese.

10. Cooking the pizza is the tricky part. I usually set the oven to 400 degrees and bake it for approximately 8 or 9 minutes. Then, I turn the oven to Broil and cook for an additional 8 to 10 minutes at the same temperature, but you kind of have to stand there & watch it closely so that it doesn't burn. Unless, of course, you like it that way.