Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Shortcuts. Last-Minute Homemade Pizza

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I had been busy all day, so I had not given much thought to supper.  Fortunately, my son had other plans and neither my husband nor I were very hungry. I poured a glass of red wine, and we talked about our day as I perused the pantry and fridge for ideas.

I settled on a homemade flatbread pizza.  Well, not completely homemade ... I took a short cut and used a store-bought crust.  The Italian Artisan Pizza Crust made by Stonefire is as good as any crust that I can make  - and I had one in my pantry.



Less than half an hour later, we were eating a flatbread pizza that my husband and I both thought was delicious. Quick. Easy. Yummy. Satisfying.  A perfect Meatless Monday or any weeknight (or weekend) meal!  Of course, I had to name the recipe after my blog.




Made in a Few Moments Flatbread Pizza

Ingredients:

(Feel free to vary these according to what you have on hand! You could make the crust from scratch, but we were really happy with the one I bought.)
  • Stonefire Italian Artisan Pizza Crust 
  • 1/2 onion, chopped into narrow slices
  • 1 red or yellow pepper, chopped into narrow slices
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 3 slices monterey jack cheese (cut into narrow strips) (or shredded mozzarella)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese 
  • 2 or 3 roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 tsp fresh oregano (or 1/2 tsp dried oregano).
  • freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste.

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet.  
  • Add chopped onion and pepper slices, and garlic.  Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until caramelized.
  • While sautéing vegetables, place pizza crust directly on rack 1/3 from bottom of oven. Bake crust for 6- 8 minutes, then remove from oven.
  • Sprinkle 1 tbsp olive oil evenly over crust.
  • Space strips of sliced cheese evenly over the top of oiled crust.
  • Spread sautéed vegetable mixture evenly over top of the cheese slices. 
  • Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese over vegetable mixture.
  • Lay tomato slices over top of shredded cheddar, spacing them evenly.
  • Sprinkle all over with shredded parmesan cheese.
  • Bake pizza an additional 8 minutes, until golden, and cheese has melted. 
  • Cut with a pizza cutter into squares, season with freshly ground salt and pepper, and serve.

Voila! Dinner was served, and the only dishes used were a frying pan, a cutting board, and a knife, rubber spatula and a pizza cutter!  My husband couldn't stop commenting about how much he enjoyed the simple meal. 



Just a reminder though, if you are serving this to hungry teenagers, you better make more than one!


Do you have a favorite homemade pizza topping?

This post may be linked to one of the great link-up parties I follow and list on my blog. Check them out!

10 comments :

  1. Every once in a while I'll use a Molinaro's thin crust pizza shell and top it with pesto sauce, tomato sauce, onions, mushrooms and chopped up precooked bacon topped with shredded soy mozzarella. Fast and delicious.

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  2. Yummo. I really like basil added to a pizza - and my brother swears by artichokes...

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    1. I usually add basil too - but sadly the last of the supply from my garden is gone. I did still have some oregano though! I have used artichokes as well!

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  3. Yummy! I love getting new ideas for our Meatless Mondays! :) Thanks for a great suggestion!

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    1. I think you will like this one, Sally! I will be making it again!

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  4. This looks so good! I'm impressed that you were able to look in your pantry and come up with something so delicious - I could not do that. Will definitely give this a try, and impress everybody at my house!

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    1. My only response to your compliment, Lana: Necessity is the mother of invention! I think you would enjoy this and find it quick and easy to make :) The timesaver is the pre-made crust!

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  5. I clicked over from the other post and forgot to tell you I will definitely use the party supply for my "after babies finally come home party". I hate to admit this I have never eaten a flatbread pizza in my life. I usually prefer deep dish but this looks amazing! I pinned it, besides the usual shares, because I am definitely going to try this one out!!!! Now I'm starving and it's only 8:30 in the morning!!!!

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    1. Sorry to make you hungry, Rena! I can't wait to hear all about the "after babies finally come home" party! I have a soft spot in my heart for premature twins, as I was one myself! Hope they are getting stronger!

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