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What’s for Dinner? Pizza Night

August 24, 2010

Set up a little assembly line in the kitchen, and Pizza Night is easy as pie!

What?  Pizza night?  Oh, yeah, baby!  Especially now that outside doesn’t feel like the surface of the sun, you can actually turn an oven on some evenings.  And Pizza Night is a huge hit with young families.

What’s so great about pizza night is that everyone gets what they want.  Set everything up on a table or counter, let everyone make their own special pizza, and in ten minutes, everyone’s happy.  Because it’s the best pizza they’ve ever eaten.

Here’s what we do:

I start with whole wheat pita pockets.  I find these cheaper than individual Bobolis.  If you’re feeling frisky, by all means, whip up a batch of dough, and make individual pizza crusts.

I like to brush the crusts with some olive oil first, and then sprinkle on a little seasoning.  Right now, my favorite is the Parmesan-Garlic dipping seasoning from Pampered Chef.  (It’s fabulous on EVERYTHING!).  Sometimes a simple basil and oregano is good.  Whatever floats your cookies.

I them spread either tomato sauce or tomato paste, depending on my mood.  (My hubby isn’t much of a fan of either, so I use whatever I want!)  Then let the toppings begin.

I ask the fam what they’d like on their very own special pizza, and start setting everything out in serving bowls.  The Sky Is The Limit here!  On this given night, we had pepperoni, pork sausage, red bell pepper, onion, black olives and, of course, cheese!  Not featured in the above pic is a little trick my hubby learned from California Pizza Kitchen.  He chopped up some romaine and mixed it with just a smidge of Miracle Whip.  After his pizza was done baking, he threw that on top.  He was incapable of speech, it was so good.

Really, any veggie is good on a pizza. Hubby really wanted pineapple and ham, but we didn’t have that on hand.  Have fun with the toppings and your kiddos may just surprise you with what healthy yummies they’ll try!

Bake in the oven for about 8-10 minutes at 400, until cheese is melted to your liking.

If you’re in need of a little more food, a simple side salad is perfect, as you’re probably already chopping up some veggies as it is. It’s not often you can create a dinner where everyone’s this freakin’ happy!  Enjoy!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2010 9:10 pm

    Good Recipe

  2. August 27, 2010 6:24 pm

    Nice! We do this every two weeks or so too – although I make my own crust. Perhaps this pita pocket idea is worth looking into! 🙂

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