Pizza

Christmas Wreath Pizza Ring

Turn your pizza into a Christmas wreath with the help of refrigerated crescent roll dough. Stuff with your favorite pizza toppings for a tasty and festive appetizer.

Christmas Wreath Pizza Ring 1

When it comes to making homemade pizza I’m all about homemade pizza dough, as made evident by the many different pizza dough recipes I have shared. It’s just too easy! In the time it takes my oven to preheat, the dough has risen. However, I have yet to try my hand at homemade crescent dough – now that intimidates me. So to make this festive pizza ring resembling a Christmas wreath I went ahead and bought 2 cans of refrigerated dough.

This Christmas wreath pizza ring would be a great idea for a holiday party. I brushed it with pesto to give it a green hue and cut the bottom of a bell pepper out to look like a red ribbon. Inside it’s stuffed with cheese, pizza sauce, and three meats: pepperoni, Italian sausage, and prosciutto. Place a bowl of pizza sauce in the middle and it’s ready for the table!

Christmas Wreath Pizza Ring 2

One year ago: Eggnog Snickerdoodle Blondies

Four years ago: Brownie Covered Oreo Pops
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Pesto Chicken Pizza with Mascarpone, Spinach, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This pizza may have a long name but it’s nothing to be afraid of and if you haven’t tried mascarpone on pizza before, you are seriously missing out!

Pesto Chicken Pizza 2

Most of the people in my life are not huge bakers/cookers and to some, food blogging is an exquisite realm full of weird ingredients and crazy techniques. And stories. I had to laugh when one of my best friends expressed her dislike for scrolling down a post to get past the story and to the recipe, because it’s true. When people use Google to find a recipe they want the recipe, myself included. Yet here I sit not writing about this pizza with its long name and unusual ingredients like “mascarpone” and “caramelized onions” and I’m okay with that because I started this blog to chronicle my food adventures and to share those recipes to anyone who wants to try it for themselves. I cannot tell you how many of my parents’ friends have been directed to my blog for the recipe for “X”. People besides my friends and family reading beyond the recipe is just a bonus (heck even my friends and family reading is a bonus). So whether or not you read this, leave a comment, or skip over it all to the recipe I appreciate you being here :-).

P.S. After trying this recipe you’ll want to put mascarpone on every pizza you make from now on.

Pesto Chicken Pizza 1

One year ago: Lattice Chicken and Sweet Potato Potpie

Two years ago: Apple-Cranberry Oatmeal
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BBQ Chicken Pizza with Cornmeal Crust

Break out of the traditional pizza mold with this BBQ chicken pizza. A cornmeal crust topped with BBQ chicken, mozzarella, smoked gouda, and red onion.

BBQ Chicken Pizza with Cornmeal Crust

I love pizza, mostly for it’s versatility. Just like brownies andcookies you can cram just about anything in there. Change the crust, sauce, cheese, toppings, seasonings – the combinations are endless. This allows you to make your pizza your own which is why making pizza at home is so much fun. You can even stuff the crust, adding a whole new variable. Did anyone else drool over Pizza Hut’s commercial for their new bacon and cheese stuffed crust? Come to mamma.

If my childhood self knew the kinds of things my adult self would be putting on top of a sacred cheese pizza I would have be dumbfounded. Falafel? Butternut squash? JalapenoEggs!? The horror! And to think I even dared to put onion on today’s pizza. My childhood self would not have stood for it. It was a brave day when I would have sausage or pepperoni. As you can tell I was a very adventurous child when it came to food and I have come a long, long way. Some of my family members still like to recall how picky of an eater I used to be whenever I whip up something particularly unusual.

But I digress. Bring on all the toppings! Today I give you the recipe for a pizza I discovered upon moving to Memphis nearly a decade ago (holy crap), BBQ pizza. I thought Cincinnati was weird their their combination of chili and spaghetti, but BBQ on pizza? Yes BBQ on pizza and it’s wonderful. I even added cornmeal to the crust to give it a cornbread-like flavor. BBQ pizza was the first pizza to open my eyes to the world of non-marinara sauce based pizzas. And what a fabulous journey it has been!

What is your ideal pizza?

Two years ago: Buckeye Cheesecake

Three years ago: Rustic Sourdough Bread
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Arugula, Black Garlic & Cherry Tomato Pizza

Sweet, spreadable black garlic is the star of this pizza. The whole wheat thin crust is also topped with fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, cherry tomatoes and baby arugula.

Arugula, Black Garlic & Cherry Tomato Pizza 1

I should be in Memphis today. Weezer is performing at Snowden Grove tonight and a few months ago I swore I would find a way to get there but as time ticked away I realized it was not fiscally responsible to buy tickets for a band I’ve already seen 3 times – even if it’s been over 7 years since I last saw them. Of course that’s not all, there’s also a Dishcrawl event in Memphis today for bacon lovers. To compensate you might find me jamming out to Weezer all day while eating bacon.

Arugula, Black Garlic & Cherry Tomato Pizza 2

While this pizza does not have bacon, it does have prosciutto which is basically fancy bacon. It also has a bunch of other fancy things such as fresh mozzarella, arugula and black garlic. What the heck is black garlic? It is caramelized garlic which is the result of being heated at a low temperature for about 40 days. So yea you can make it yourself if you feel like leaving a hot plate/slow cooker on for 40 days straight or you can just buy some like it did (I found it at Jungle Jim’s in Cincinnati, OH). It has the spreadable consistency of roasted garlic but a sweeter flavor. In other words you’ll want to spread it on everything like butter.

One year ago: Blue Moo Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Two years ago: Peach Greek Yogurt Pie
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Leprechaun Pizza

If a leprechaun ordered a pizza, this is what it would look like. Green spinach crust, pesto, mozzarella, goat cheese, and four-leaf clover bell peppers.

Leprechaun Pizza 2

St. Patrick’s Day is a whirlwind of corned beef, rainbows, green food, and Guinness. This recipe is no exception from that list, with a green spinach pizza crust, topped with green basil pesto, mozzarella and goat cheese, followed by green and yellow bell peppers cut to look like four-leaf clovers. I actually tried to find green cheese but decided the white was a nice contrast for the appeal factor.

Using half the spinach pizza dough, this recipe makes one medium pizza. If you want to use it all, make a larger pizza or two medium ones but make sure to double your toppings. Or you could make dinner rolls with the other half. How about cheese stuffed spinach dinner rolls?

In other news my pizza stone and peel are just big enough to make a 13-inch pizza (therefore making this one medium pizza). Although I do have a 16-inch pizza pan, I am now in the market for a 16-inch or larger pizza stone and peel. Because pizza stones rock. If you don’t already own one I strongly suggest adding it to your wishlist. Assuming you like to make homemade pizza on a regular basis.

Leprechaun Pizza 1

One year ago: Kale Quiche
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Spinach Pizza Dough

Homemade pizza is one of my favorite things to make for dinner. The obsession first started with the novelty of making my own pizza in whatever shape or size you desired (at one of my birthday parties there were elephants, butterflies, monkeys, etc). Then came the endless possible combinations with different sauces, cheeses, and toppings. Finally there were the different kinds of dough. It started out simple enough with regular, thin, and whole wheat, but then morphed into more creative outlets such as stuffed crust, garlic bread crust, garlic dough, rosemary beer dough, Greek yogurt dough and even Cauliflower Crust. While most people are debating between sausage or pepperoni, I am still trying to decide on the base let alone the toppings.

Spinach Pizza Dough 1

To make my life even more difficult I created another new dough option, spinach dough just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Although pizza doesn’t normally come to mind when thinking of this holiday the green color couldn’t be more perfect, accomplished by adding pureed spinach to my regular pizza dough recipe. It’s also a sneaky way to trick any kids nearby into eating a little spinach because it adds more color than flavor, and what kid doesn’t enjoy oddly colored food? Just tell them it’s food coloring ;-).

Spinach Pizza Dough 2

This dough could also be used to make a Christmas pizza – red pizza sauce and Mozzarella cheese on top of a green dough. Heck you could use supreme pizza toppings and dub them “ornaments”. Haha oh I’m so witty. But since we don’t want to rush off into winter now that we’ve finally caught a glimpse of spring, stick around for Wednesday when I’ll tell you how to make a “Leprechaun Pizza” using this spinach pizza dough, pictured below.

Spinach Pizza Dough 3

Three years ago: Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry
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Pizza Quesadilla

After fleeing the snow and below freezing temperatures in Rochester, NY, returning to 40-50 degrees in Memphis, TN seems like a heat wave and I thoroughly enjoy not requiring my huge winter coat to step outside (although tomorrow there’s a drastic drop into the teens). On the flip side, I am not enjoying sizing up all the things in my apartment in preparation for packing it all up by the end of this month. I have accumulated so much stuff since I last moved 4.5 years ago! Purging must be done, some of which involves food.

I have a habit of stocking up on essentials whenever I see them on sale. As a result, I have a lot of canned and boxed food items stacked up in my pantry, awaiting the apocalypse. This stock-pile has come in handy throughout the years at times of minimal funds, but I have no intention in moving it all. It will be fiscally beneficial to my ever-dwindling checking account to consume what I have instead of going out to buy more food anyway (I’ll still be buying some fresh food, for my sanity). So let the battle of pantry cooking begin! To start off this adventure, how about a pizza quesadilla?

Pizza Quesadilla

Two years ago: Gluten-Free Brownie Cookies

Three years ago: Blue-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes
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Butternut Squash, Spinach and Feta Pizza

I don’t know what it is about pizza but I have a very hard time capturing appetizing photos of pizza slices. No matter what angle or lighting I use, I rarely enjoy looking at the photos I take of pizza slices. As a result I tossed every single one for this pizza and was left with just unsliced photos. Maybe that’s why I don’t make pizza as much as I used to these days, because of its unphotogenic nature? Thankfully, I always take pictures before I slice into anything just in case so I at least have a shot of the whole pizza itself.

Pictures aside, the toppings on this pizza are perfect for fall and butternut squash happens to be one of my favorite fall/winter squashes to cook with. In fact, at the end of the season last year, it went on sale so I stocked up and froze it after being peeled and cubed. But that’s long gone and this pizza was made with fresh butternut squash from this season.

 Butternut Squash, Spinach and Feta Pizza

One year ago: Pumpkin Bread Pudding
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Pizza for One

Pizza for One – most commonly found in the frozen food section at your grocery store but now you can make it at home almost as fast! This pizza dough doesn’t require any rise time or yeast which means you can whip up this little guy in the same amount of time that it takes your oven to preheat. Single-Serving-Sunday-win!

Pizza for One 1

I rolled my dough out thinner than 1/4-inch because I tend to like thin-crust pizzas, so mine ended up being about 6-inches in diameter and therefore used a bit more toppings. In you don’t roll yours out as thin you may not need as much toppings but have fun with it! Maybe even make yourself a single serving calzone?

Pizza for One 2

One year ago: Buckeye Rice Krispies Treats

Two years ago: Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese
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Greek Pizza with Greek Yogurt Pizza Dough

How is it that I cannot remember the details of a memory long ago or things of importance, yet when a song comes on the radio that I haven’t heard in over 5 years I can sign along as if I never stopped listening? Funny thing, the brain. Random thought of the day… on to this pizza!

Since my revival of pizza night last week I’ve been toying with the idea of other kinds of pizza crust. So take a wild guess as to what is my new favorite way to use Greek yogurt? In pizza dough! Its addition results in a fluffy interior with the perfect amount of crustiness on the exterior. I cannot believe how long it took me to put Greek yogurt into dough, but I foresee many Greek yogurt-bread products in my future.

This brilliant brain-child of a pizza dough was also topped off with some special ingredients to create a Greek pizza: artichokes, tomatoes, red onion, red pepper, olives, garlic, feta mozzarella, and tahini. Have I ever told you that I don’t even like olives? Or at least I used to, but lately I don’t seem to mind their presence. Either my taste buds are going numb or I’m growing up. But I don’t wanna grow up!! ::cue ToysRUs theme song::

Greek Pizza

Two years ago: Peanut Butter and Oat Granola Bites
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