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Grandmother Pizza

The days are flying by quickly and soon Christmas will be here. This recipe is not "Christmasy" but might be something new for you to try after Christmas when you are ready for a change from your Christmas ham or turkey. If you look in the cloud list on the right side of my blog you will see that there are already quite a few recipes for pizza. When I first heard of this recipe I was intrigued because it sounded different from other pizza recipes. It contains very simple ingredients but makes a delicious pizza. It is a very easy dough to work with so it would be a good recipe for people who are intimidated by yeast dough.


Grandmother Pizza

3 Tbsps. olive oil, divided
3/4 cup warm water
1 1 /2 cups bread flour
1 Tbsp. yeast
1 tsp. sugar
3/4 tsp. salt

1 16 oz. can tomatoes, drained
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan

To make dough:
Coat a large rimmed cookie sheet with 2 Tbsps. of the olive oil then set aside. In mixing bowl combine flour, yeast, sugar, salt, 1 Tbsp. oil, and water. Knead about 5 minutes. Stretch the dough to a 10" x 6" rectangle on the prepared cookie sheet. (Do not try to stretch to fit the cookie sheet at this stage.) Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 1 to 1 1/2 hours. After this rise stretch to fit the pan and then let rise an additional 45 mins.
Heat oven to 450-500 degrees.

Combine drained tomatoes, oil, garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt. Combine cheeses and then sprinkle them onto the crust. Dot with the tomato mixture. Bake about 15 minutes or until cheese is starting to brown.

Here are some pictures of the two stages of the dough rising:

First rising:


Second rising:


Here are a couple of pictures of some Christmas elves who were here this week:




We are looking forward to celebrating Christmas next week with special services at church and times with friends and family. I pray that you and your families will have a blessed Christmas and look forward to posting again in the new year.


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Canned Biscuits

This is a busy week for us, so I tried to think of some quick meals. One quick meal idea is these Double Cheeseburger Pizza Rounds. I have adapted the recipe from one of those Pillsbury magazines that you can get at the checkout counter.

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Double Cheeseburger Pizza Rounds
1/2 pound ground beef
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 can of Grands biscuits or something similar (you need the large biscuits for this)
about 1 1/2 cups of spaghetti sauce
2 Tbsps. sliced ripe olives
pepper to taste
garlic powder to taste
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 cup mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Brown ground beef and onions. Drain and set aside to cool. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil or a silpat. Open the biscuits and press each one to form about a 3 1/2 inch round. Combine the ground beef with the spaghetti sauce, olives, seasonings, feta cheese and half the mozzarella cheese.
Divide this mixture onto the biscuits and then spread it evenly. Top each biscuit with the additional cheese and then bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 mins. or until the cheese is melted and browned to your liking.

Here's the dough pressed out and ready for the filling:

picture of CBDough

Here they are ready to pop into the oven:

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Another thing that I tried recently from the canned biscuits was making flatbread. I got the idea from this blog. For those who can't get to Blogspot, here's how you can make the flatbreads:

Using large biscuits, such as Grands, roll each biscuit to approximately a 6" circle.

picture of Biscuit Flatbread

Cook in a dry skillet or on a dry griddle until browned on each side.

picture of Griddle Flatbread

We used these for fajitas and they were very tasty.

What is your favorite quick and easy meal?


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Turkey Pizza?

I've been keeping busy lately and have been rather negligent in posting. There were just three of us here for Thanksgiving day so we had chicken for dinner. We are having our turkey on Sunday when the whole family will be together.

Our neighbors cooked three turkeys outdoors in a turkey fryer and also roasted one in the oven. They very graciously shared a large plate of it with us. Rob and I had never tried fried turkey before and we found it to be very tasty.

With some of the leftover turkey I tried a new pizza variation that I read about recently at Tammy's Recipes. She has many delicious recipes on her site which you might enjoy perusing. For those of you who cannot access her site, here is how I made our pizza:

1 pre-baked pizza crust
about 1/3 cup Light Italian salad dressing
2 cloves garlic
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1-2 cups diced cooked turkey or chicken
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup small spinach leaves (you could use fresh basil)
1 Roma tomato cut into thin strips
black pepper

Combine the salad dressing and the garlic and spread on the pizza crust. Top with the cheeses, turkey, onion, spinach, and tomato. Sprinkle with black pepper. Bake at 425 degrees for about 15 mins. or until cheeses are melted. Enjoy a fresh take on turkey leftovers!

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