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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Create Your Own Pizza

There are so many great pizza places out there but why not make it at home and have a bit of family fun as well. It is not as hard as you may think it is. It may cost say $15 for pizza to be delivered. You can make your own pizza for that price.

You can pick up pre made tube of pizza dough out of your refrigerator section, a jar of pizza sauce and fresh toppings from the fresh produce and meat section. Better yet you may want to miss the marinara all together and create a white barbq pizza.

Since you are creating your own pizzas at home you can add or take away anything you may want to. Add some veggies, condiments, or more cheese. Go ahead and make it into a Stromboli or even a calzone if you prefer after all it is yours to create.            

Mexican Pizza
1 tube Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough (regular or thin crust)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
6 ounces Mexican chorizo sausage*, crumbled
1 bell pepper (any color), seeds removed and sliced
1/2 onion, sliced
1 cup taco sauce
1 can Ro*tel, drained (I used the chunky kind)
1/4 cup jarred, sliced jalapenos, chopped (more or less, depending on your tolerae for heat)
3/4 cup Mexican blend chredded cheese
3/4 cup pepperjack cheese, grated
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Unroll pizza dough and spread out onto a greased, 11"x13" baking sheet pan, and poke the dough all over with a fork (prevents bubbles).
2. Add olive oil to a small pan over medium-low heat and add red pepper flakes and oregano, cook 2-3 minutes, remove from heat. Brush the pizza dough with three-quarters of the olive oil. Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, in a saute pan over medium heat, add chorizo and cook for a few minutes, breaking up the sausage. Add bell pepper and onion and cook until just soft and chorizo is fully cooked. Set aside.
4. Brush edges of partially baked pizza crust with the reserved one-quarter of olive oil mixture. Spread taco sauce over the dough and top with chorizo, bell pepper, onions, Ro*tel, and jalapenos. Sprinkle cheeses evenly over crust.
5. Place pizza back in the oven and bake for another 5 minutes, until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted.
6. Sprinkle cilantro over the pizza, slice and serve.
*Tip: Mexican chorizo is fresh, uncured sausage with various spices; it can be found at some grocery stores or at Mexican grocery stores. It can be easily replaced by any fresh sausage of your choice, i.e.: Italian, hot, etc. (not breakfast sausage).

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