Upgrade Your Pizza

March 4, 2010 - Written by Diana

Pizza is a regular meal at our house for Fridays, but I don’t have time to make dough because I’m usually spending the day working.  Since you can’t throw a pizza in a crockpot and let it go, my favorite shortcut is to upgrade my pizza.  I get the fresh pizzas – not frozen, and then add ingredients to make it a little more scrumptious.  My husband likes grilled pineapple, I like onions, peppers and chicken.  I made two pizzas last Friday.  My husband and I were supposed to go out to dinner, but another snow squall and a daughter who needed to be met at a drop-off point made that impossible.  While my husband was on the road I put together two pizzas. The first I grilled chicken with peppers and onions.  Then I chopped up the chicken and spread it all out among the cheese.  The second pizza I cooked up some pancetta, grilled a little pineapple, then I caramelized onion in some pineapple juice.  That went on the second pizza.  Turns out my son likes the pineapple, and my daughter prefers the chicken with onions and peppers.  It was fun to relax around the table and enjoy each other’s company.  This week while my daughter is home on spring break we’ve been trying to make sure we sit down together every night.  I swear I won’t get empty nest when my son goes away to college next year, really I swear it won’t happen to me.

Pancetta Pineapple Pizza       Chicken, peppers & onion Pizza


Here’s a Wordless Wednesday picture of some scrumptious Homemade Pizza’s at Robyn’s World. Let us know in the comments – What’s your favorite way to UPGRADE your PIZZA?

Bring on a Little Heat – Tabasco Superbowl Pizza Recipes

February 2, 2010 - Written by Diana

A little heat pairs great with your superbowl beer. Try these pizza recipes that have a little bit of that Tabasco heat to take it up a notch.



Super Sausage Personal Pizzas
1       12-ounce package flatbreads or pitas (6-inches)
1        teaspoon original Tabasco® brand pepper sauce
8       ounces sausage, crumbled
2       cups green, red and yellow peppers, sliced
1/2   cup black pitted olives, sliced
1/2   teaspoon original Tabasco® brand pepper sauce
1       cup pizza sauce
1       cup shredded mozzarella cheese  
Preheat oven to 450° F.  
Place flatbreads on baking sheet. Brush tops of pitas with Tabasco sauce.
Cook sausage in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until well browned on all sides, stirring occasionally. Remove sausage to bowl with slotted spoon.  Cook bell pepper strips in drippings remaining in skillet over medium heat until tender-crisp, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add sausage to bowl with olives. Combine pizza a sauce and Tabasco sauce. Spoon on prepared flatbreads; top evenly with mozzarella. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are browned and cheese is melted.
Makes 4 servings.


Super Rivalry Pizza

Indianapolis Colts Toppings:
1 tablespoon corn oil
3 small new red potatoes, thinly sliced
4 ounces ground beef
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1/4 cup canned corn
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon original Tabasco® brand pepper sauce
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
New Orleans Saints Toppings:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 celery stalk, thinly sliced
1/2 yellow bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped
4 ounces Andouille sausage or other spicy sausage, coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon original Tabasco® brand pepper sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Game Pizza:
1 14-ounce package prepared pizza crust, about 11-inches
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1 teaspoon original Tabasco® brand pepper sauce
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Prepare Indianapolis Colts Toppings: Heat oil in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add potato slices; cook until golden and potatoes are tender, stirring frequently. Remove to bowl. Cook ground beef and red onion in same skillet over medium-high heat until beef is well-browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in potato slices, corn, salt and Tabasco sauce; mix well. Set aside.
Prepare New Orleans Saints Toppings: Heat oil in 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add celery, bell pepper and onion; cook about 5 minutes or until vegetables are just tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in sausage and Tabasco sauce; cook 3 minutes to heat through.
Assemble Pizza: Place pizza crust on large baking sheet. Combine pizza sauce and Tabasco sauce in small bowl. Spread pizza sauce on crust within 1/2-inch edge of crust. Top half of pizza with Indianapolis Colts toppings; sprinkle with shredded Monterey Jack cheese. Top other half of pizza with New Orleans Saints toppings; sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is melted.
Serves 6.