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Make Your Own Pizza Bar

Pizza night! Who doesn’t love pizza night? Pizza night is basically mom’s night off from cooking, and I love that! Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook, but having a day where I don’t have to do it is always nice. Everyone needs a break! So we have pizza night! Lately our pizza night consists of the same pizza, from the same place, with all the same toppings. Ugh. BORING!!! I’m the kind of girl who likes different things and try different things. I get so bored with the same repeated food over and over again I could just scream! My kids and hubster though, they don’t care. They’re happy to stick with what they know. I probably drive them nuts because I’m always cooking something new.

So lets have the best of both worlds! I’ll create something new for myself, and everyone else can create whatever they want on their own little personal pizzas. Great thing about this,  no one complains. Oh, and you can make it as healthy or not so healthy as you want because it’s yours! There are no limits. I used Boboli pizza crust for this. It’s already made and ready to be topped with your favorite toppings.

Some idea’s for toppings:

  • Alfredo Sauce
  • Pizza Sauce
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Salsa
  • Taco meat (chicken, turkey, ground beef) for taco pizzas
  • Crushed tortilla chips (again, for taco pizzas)
  • Shredded Lettuce (taco pizza)
  • Diced Tomatoes (taco pizza)
  • Jalapenos
  • Bell peppers of various colors
  • Red Onion
  • Italian Sausage
  • Cooked chicken (cubed)
  • Sliced Hot Dogs (don’t knock it until you try it!)
  • Pepperoni
  • Mushrooms
  • Bacon
  • Steak Strips (cooked)
  • Shredded cheeses like Mozzarella, Cheddar, Italian Blend, Mexican Blend, etc.
  • Sliced Black Olives

As you can see, the list is endless! These are just a few ideas to get you going. You can provide all or just some depending on your group size and what you all like.

Now sit back, and let everyone build their own. The photos are of the ones my kids built.  They really piled on all of their favorites. Hubster wasn’t so sure they would hold together after baked, but I assured him they would be just fine.

Now Andrea, my little 11 year old foodie, has a very colorful and bright pizza. She loves her bell peppers and onions, along with all of that delicious meat. She’s much like me in this way.

John, on the other hand, is more like The Hubster. Meat all the way! With the exception of a few black olives.  They both love having sliced hot dogs on their pizzas. I’m telling you, if you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out.

In the end, you have a very  happy family around the table, and a well rested mom!

 


The Mama’s Ultimate Pizza

Pizza  night. Do any of you have one night a week that’s pizza night? We do around here not just because we love pizza, but because at least once a week we need something speedy. Pizza is a very quick dinner to make. Especially if you simplify things and buy the dough in the refrigerated section of the store. Super easy. Just roll it out, press to fit, and top it with whatever you like.

Here’s one of they ways this mama likes to do pizza. We call this The Mama’s Ultimate Pizza.

First I take out my baking sheet and line it with foil for easy clean up. I really hate doing dishes. Then I spray that lightly with some cooking spray. Then pop your dough out of the can, and starting in the middle of the pan, unroll the dough, and press it and spread it to fit as best you can. See mine, doesn’t have to fit perfectly. It’ll be ok, I promise. Now to ensure that the dough is cooked completely when the entire pizza is done, I slip this into the oven at 425 degrees for about 8 minutes, just to partially cook the crust. You don’t want to cook it completely through at this point. Just give it a little head start. Then set that aside.

Now I prepare my toppings. I brown up some ground Italian sausage. You can go hot or mild on this. I prefer the mild. Don’t forget to drain it.

Then I chop up my bell peppers. I like to use two different colors here just to make it pop. I love the brightness of the red and yellow, but you can choose any bell peppers you want, whatever colors you want. I also had the hubster slice up some red onion. He never cries when he cuts onions. He says “the idea is to not develop an emotional attachment.”  😂

And because we love meat so much, I sliced up some smoked sausage. We also added sliced pepperoni, which was already sliced, and some sliced black olives, neither of which are pictured, and again, those were already sliced. Notice I’m using cheapy paper plates to put my prepped toppings on? Did I mention I hate doing dishes? 🙃

Now the fun part! The layers! Slather on as much or as little sauce as you want, I used store bought pizza sauce. Then some pizza blend cheese, which came already shredded. (Gee, ready made dough, pre-sliced olives, pre-sliced pepperoni, ready sauce and pre-shredded cheese. This recipe was half done before I even got started! SCORE!) A little note about the amount of cheese used, in the written recipe, I was trying to be reasonable on the measurements. Honestly, use as little or as much as you want. Obviously I did! Then I spread on my meats and veggies, and then cover that in more cheese. Sprinkle some Italian seasoning over the top (that was my mom’s idea. Thanks mom!).  Now it’s ready for the oven.

Just look at that slice of happiness! Definitely need a fork for this, but totally worth it! I hope you try it, and enjoy!

 

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The Mama's Ultimate Pizza Yum
Recipe by: Christine Titus
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Starting at the center of the baking sheet, unroll dough, pressing it out to fit baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes just to partially bake the crust.
  3. Spread sauce over crust; top with 1 cup of the cheese. Top cheese with meats, olives, onion and bell peppers. Top with remaining 1 cup of the cheese and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
  4. Bake for 5-7 minutes, or until the crust is a crisp deep golden brown, and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Recipe Notes

For a spicier version, use spicy Italian sausage, and sprinkle the pizza sauce with some crushed red pepper.

Use as much cheese as you like! If you like cheese as much as we do, you'll likely want to use more than 2 cups.

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