What’s for dinner? Cheesy Pizza Sticks

Kids love finger foods! OK, OK, so do grown-ups!

It was pizza night the other night and I decided to try something new. It was getting late and I wasn’t in the mood to make a big meal.

Here’s what I made:

Cheesy Pizza Sticks

Cheesy Pizza Sticks

Ingredients:

1 tube of refrigerated pizza dough

10 mozzarella stringable cheese

40 slices of pizza pepperoni

Pizza sauce

2 Tbsp butter

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp dried basil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 deg.

Open the tube of pizza dough and roll it out to 1/8″ thick and cut it into 10 equal pieces.

Place 4 slices of pepperoni on each piece of dough. Top with a cheese string. Squeeze a line of pizza sauce on top.

Stretch the dough over the stack and seal the edges with your fingers.

Place the rolls on the prepared baking sheet.

Melt the butter, add garlic powder and basil, and stir to combine. Brush the tops of each roll with the butter mixture.

Place the baking sheet into the preheated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes.

Remove from oven, let cool for a couple minutes, serve and enjoy!

* you can use any toppings that you like to fill these. Try Hawaiian, peppers, olives or mushrooms. Just make sure the pieces are cut small and they aren’t over-filled.

Cheesy Pizza Stick

Cheesy Pizza Sticks

What’s for dinner? Thin Crust Pizza with Creamy Garlic Sauce

We love pizza!

Who doesn’t?! It’s kid-friendly and you can put whatever toppings you like on them.

We wanted to switch things up a bit, so I tried out a new recipe for the pizza sauce.

Here’s what I made:

  
Thin Crust Pizza with Creamy Garlic Sauce

Ingredients:

4 x tortilla wraps (your choice of flavour)

2-3 Tbsp Creamy Garlic Sauce*

Toppings of your choice. We flash fried a couple of chicken breasts with some light seasoning and diced them up. Chopped mushrooms, spinach, and of course, black olives (the kids favourite).

1 cup grated cheese (non-dairy is perfect too)

For the White Garlic Sauce:
2 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
1 1/4 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded

  

For the White Garlic Sauce:
Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour until no lumps remain.
Gradually whisk in milk. Add salt, pepper, garlic and basil.
Mix in Parmesan cheese and stir until the cheese has melted.
Remove from heat. Sauce will thicken as it stands.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place the tortilla on a pizza pan or cookie sheet. Spread creamy garlic sauce over the entire surface of the tortilla. Add your toppings all over. Sprinkle with grated cheese. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Watch the edges of the tortilla so they don’t burn. Remove from oven and let cool for 2-3 minutes. Slice and sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and/ or Sriracha sauce if you’d like to kick it up a notch!

The kids gobbled up a half a pizza each! I’m definitely making this again!

What’s for dinner? Shamrock Pizza

It’s Pizza Night at our house…

and our daughter has requested a shamrock-shaped pizza in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day next week.

I prefer to make homemade pizza crust rather than get the store-bought, and frozen pizza is a big no-no in our house.

We love to put our own toppings on our pizzas, especially black olives! We have two Olive Monsters in our house, so our pizzas are usually pretty smothered in those!

Here’s what I made:

Shamrock Pizza

Home-made Pizza Dough

Adapted from The Taylor House

Ingredients:

1 package or 2-1/4 tsp yeast 

1 cup hot water

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2-1/2 cups flour

1 tbsp Italian Seasoning

1 tbsp garlic powder

Directions:

Mix Yeast, hot water and sugar together and let sit for 10 minutes.

Next add the oil and seasonings.

Flour is added last.

Let sit for 10-15 minutes

After resting the dough, press out into your desired shape on a pre-greased pan. Top with sauce of your choice, this is a good one, and your favourite toppings. We like shredded chicken, salami and ham, peppers, onion, mushrooms, spinach, basil, loads of olives and a major amount of cheese!

Put into a pre-heated, 400 deg F oven for 20 minutes.

Let cool 5 minutes so the cheese settles down, then cut into slices.

We like to drizzle ours with Valentina hot sauce or sriracha sauce and sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan.

What’s for dinner? Pizza made from the heart!

It’s the end of the week…

I thought I’d make it easy for myself by having pizza for dinner. We had a bunch of produce in the fridge that I wanted to use up before it turned ugly.

Note to self: When making pizza from scratch, remember to…

*Prepare dough and fixin’s during afternoon nap and before school pick up.*

‘Cause when Mommy’s hands are occupied kneading dough for eight minutes, this is again one of those opportune times for the kiddos to get at each other.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, I lovingly made heart shaped pizzas.
Here’s the recipe:

Heart-shaped pizza

Pizza Dough
Courtesy of Canadian Living

Ingredients:

3 cups (750 mL) all purpose flour
2 tsp (10 mL) quick-rising instant dry yeast
1 tsp (5 mL) salt
1-1/4 cups (300 mL) warm (120 F/50 C) water
1 tbsp (15 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
*add 1tbsp of Italian seasoning if you’d like

Instructions:

In bowl, combine 2-3/4 cups (675 mL) of the flour, yeast, salt and seasonings, if using. With wooden spoon, gradually stir in water and oil until ragged dough forms, using hands if necessary.

Turn out onto lightly floured surface; knead for about 8 minutes or until smooth and elastic, adding up to 1/4 cup (50 mL) more flour, 1 tbsp (15 mL) at a time, if necessary.

Place in greased bowl, turning to grease all over. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in warm draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

(Make-ahead: Refrigerate unrisen dough and let rise for 24 hours. Or freeze in plastic bag for up to 1 month; let thaw and rise in refrigerator overnight.)

Once risen, turn out onto lightly greased pizza sheet and press out into a 14″ round.
* I tore the dough in half so the kiddos could top their own pizzas and formed them into heart shapes in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

Top the pizzas with desired toppings of your choice, such as pizza sauce, meats, olives, peppers, spinach, basil, Boursin cheese, mushrooms, pineapple, etc., then smother in shredded cheese.

 

Pizza toppings

Bake in a preheated 400F oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

I made two batches of the dough so that the kids had their own pizzas and Mommy and Daddy had one to share. Best of all, there were leftovers for lunch the next day! 😄