Friday, April 15, 2011

Chicago Seven

Last weekend we were craving pizza. Out of no where DH says "lets make a Chicago Seven Pizza". We Googled the ingredient list and ran to the market for the supplies we didn't have. I have to tell you, it was the most delicious  pizza I have had in a long time. I have been eating mainly a veggie and fish diet since my 30 days of stomach flu, so it was likely the meat and veggie combination that made it taste so great to me. 


Ingredients:
1 pizza dough
Pizza sauce (we used a quick homemade sauce)
Mozzarella Cheese
Mushrooms - sliced
Red Onions - thinly sliced
Red Peppers - thinly sliced
Black Olives
Pepperoni
Sausage (we used lean turkey burger seasoned like sausage with steak seasoning : fennel, peppers, etc. DH is great at compromising with me on fatty food. Our sausage was turkey burger but we used regular pepperoni.)




Roll the dough out and fit it to the pizza pan.


Cook the faux sausage in a pan.


Prepare your pizza sauce.


Clean and slice all the veggies.


Put a thin layer of sauce on the pizza dough.


Sprinkle mozzarella on to the sauce. Putting it here it acts like a glue for the ingredients.


Put on pepperoni slices.


Add sausage pieces and black olives.


Put a layer of red onions on the pizza.


Then add sliced mushrooms...


And sliced red peppers.


Bake at 425 degrees until toppings are cooked and the cheese is melted, typically 12-17 minutes.

 

The result is a delicious, steaming hot Chicago Seven Pizza!  This recipe will definitely be a repeat in our house :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Jello Shooters

I was busy doing something around the house and when I walked into the kitchen DH was making Jell-o shots. The bright colored ramekins begged for me to take their photos so I grabbed my camera.  






I don't really have a recipe for this project since it was DH's creation. There was a box of sugar free Cherry flavored Jell-o, water, Amaretto, Blue Curacao and Peach Schnapps. The end result was a great Black Cherry tasting shooter. I am not a huge Jell-o fan (because of the texture) but with a bit of whip cream I really enjoyed this treat.  


In the past we have gone to the this Jello Shot website. They have a lot of recipes and we have tried several of them with success.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Pita Pizza's

 I guess it's the time of month where I look in the freezer and think I need to use up some of this frozen food.  We  love making pita chips for our romantic dinners but my stash was getting a bit big. I though I would try making pizza's out of pitas for the first time. 

You will need pita pockets,  flat bread or English muffins. 

Split the muffins and pockets in half. You can leave the flat bread in one piece.
 
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Put the bread on a baking pan and toast in the pre-heated oven for 3 minutes. Remove from the oven.

You will need some sort of sauce. I just mixed up a quick one using a can of tomato sauce, thyme, oregano, garlic powder and onion powder. Jarred marina sauce would work too. 

Put a thin layer of sauce on the toasted bread. If you put too much, it will be soggy, so keep it thin.

Use whatever toppings you like. I layered on spinach and chicken and...

 Goat cheese and sun dried tomatoes.

Then topped with mozzarella cheese. Put in the oven and bake until cheese is melted, it took mine about 7 minutes.

Ta-Da! Mini pizzas for dinner!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Spring Time Favorites

One of my favorite things about spring is fresh asparagus. My Grandparents used go and pick it from the ditch banks every spring. I picked some from the veggie market, but it was delicious just the same.  DH had brought home some Swiss cheese the other day for something he was making, so I was in inspired. I made ham and swiss wrapped asparagus for dinner. I simply wrapped a few spears of asparagus with a thin slice of swiss cheese in a piece of ham. (I used deli sliced ham) Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes at 425.