Category Archives: Meal->Pizza

BBQ Rib Pizza Recipe

BBQ Rib Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Grilled baby back ribs, chopped into small pieces
  • BBQ sauce
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Homemade pizza dough

Note: I love when I can use leftovers to make an awesome pizza (see my Thanksgiving Pizza recipe from last year). For this pizza, I broiled, then grilled the ribs with BBQ sauce. The ribs were delicious on their own, but on a pizza with cheddar cheese… amazing!

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Breakfast Pizza Recipe

Breakfast Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Breakfast sausage, chopped
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Stonewall Kitchen Maine Maple Glaze
  • Homemade pizza dough

Notes: My first attempt at breakfast pizza back in 2010 was good, but it was missing something. Tonight I figured it out. Sauce. The Maine Maple Glaze I used on a previous pizza with pork was the perfect sauce for breakfast pizza. The sweet glaze complimented the savory eggs, sausage, and cheese. This pizza was awesome!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza Recipe

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza

My first attempt at Chicken Cordon Bleu pizza tasted fine, but it lacked the flavor I was looking for. After two years of turning my favorite dishes into pizzas I have had a lot of practice creating flavorful sauces and the creamy parmesan  sauce I made for this pizza made all the difference. It had great, rich flavor, but it wasn’t over powering.

First, I cut chicken cutlets into small pieces, dipped into flour, egg, Parmesan cheese and breadcrumb mixture, then baked it until golden brown. This got a little tedious so next time I will bread and bake the chicken cutlets whole and then cut after baking. While that baked I made the sauce. I melted butter, added flour, minced shallot, milk, Parmesan cheese, shredded Swiss cheese, and Riesling. After the sauce became thick and creamy I spread it on pre-baked crust, added Swiss and fresh mozzarella cheeses, then topped it with the breaded chicken and sliced ham. I let it bake at 500 degrees for about 8 minutes.

Garbage Plate Pizza Recipe

Garbage Plate Pizza

The Garbage Plate Pizza I created in 2010 received pretty solid reviews from Andrew, Tyler, and the guys installing our new floor, but I knew my recipe would benefit from eating an actual Garbage Plate at Nick Tahou’s Hots.

For my second attempt at the Garbage Plate Pizza I needed to figure how to improve the hot sauce. I figured out that I needed to cut the tomato paste, use less all spice and cinnamon and more black and cayenne pepper. The other important ingredients include paprika, chili powder, cumin, and salt.

Here’s how to assemble the pizza:
1. Spread the ground beef and hot sauce on pre-baked crust
2. Top with browned home fries
3.  Sprinkle on mozzarella cheese
4. Bake the pizza
5.  Drizzle ketchup and mustard
6. Top the pizza with cold macaroni salad

Note that the photo was taken before I put mac salad on the pizza. I put the Garbage Plate pizza out at a small get together and it went fast. Everyone from Rochester really appreciated it; those from out of town really wondered why we were devouring pizza covered in ground beef, home fries, and mac salad.

Greens and Beans Pizza Recipe

Greens and Beans Pizza

Greens & beans is a healthy meal that is inexpensive and simple to prepare. I make my recipe as a soup a few times each winter and have been waiting for the right time to turn this comfort food into a pizza. It can be risky to take something that is already delicious and change it so that it works on a pizza. With my greens and beans pizza recipe I worried that it might be a bit dry, but it worked out great. Here’s how I put it together.

I started by breaking up spicy Italian sausage with a potato masher in large pan on medium-high heat. In a separate pan, I sauteed a chopped white onion and garlic. Then I added escarole so it would wilt. To finish the preparation of the greens and beans I added cannellini beans and the cooked sausage to the pan.

To create the pizza I put mozzarella cheese onto pre-baked dough and topped it with the greens and beans. Finally, I added a light sprinkle of parmesan cheese after I took it out of the oven. Next time I create this pizza I might try making it a vegan friendly pizza by leaving off the sausage and the cheese.

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese Pizza Recipe

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese Pizza

Buffalo Chicken Pizza and Macaroni and Cheese Pizza are two of my most popular pizzas. What could be better?  Taking two great ideas and putting them together to create Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese Pizza. This was a fun pizza to make and to eat. The flavors from the cheese and the Buffalo chicken were distinct, but when combined tasted outstanding. Here’s how I did it.

I made my macaroni and cheese in one pot (using cheddar and pepper jack cheese). At the same time I marinated chicken in Wegmans Buffalo Wing Sause
in a pan with sautéed onions and celery. Then, I combined the two in the mac and cheese pot and left it on low heat. I spread the mixture on the pre-baked dough and let it bake for eight minutes on 450. Before serving, I drizzled Marzetti Light Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing on top of the pizza.

Thanksgiving Pizza Recipe

Thanksgiving Pizza

The menu for the day after Thanksgiving usually includes a turkey sandwich for lunch and turkey casserole or turkey soup for dinner. But this year I decided to forgo the traditional recipes and turn the leftovers from one of my favorite meals of the year into a pizza.

Our Thanksgiving day leftovers included mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, roasted vegetables, and turkey.  I pre-baked my dough and then spread on a layer of mashed potatoes. Then I added the stuffing, corn, and mixed vegetables. Next, I cut the turkey into small pieces and arranged it on top. I put the pizza back in the oven for 10 minutes, removed it, and then drizzled on some warm gravy.

Special credit goes to my mother-in-law who cooked this wonderful Thanksgiving meal and gave me the leftovers. My day after Thanksgiving pizza was like having Thanksgiving dinner all over again. The turkey remained moist, the flavors from  the apple in the stuffing popped, and the veggies were just right. I hope my Thanksigiving pizza recipe becomes an annual tradition.