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Quick and Easy Dinners: Pizza

 Pizza is delicious dinner that can be as easy or as complicated as you like. I personally love a NY style pepperoni pizza, but there are many others that I enjoy.

I don’t have a recipe for pizza, as I don’t make it from scratch (pizza kit at Wal-Mart: $5). I did find this recipe at Food Network and thought I’d share it. For the first two installments of Quick and Easy Dinners, check out my ‘Best of’ Page.

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Photo Credit: Sashertootie

Roman Pizza 

Recipe from: Giada De Laurentiis

2 (8-ounce) pieces of purchased or homemade pizza dough, recipe follows
1/3 cup homemade or purchased marinara sauce
1/3 cup (lightly packed) shredded smoked mozzarella cheese
1 cup (lightly packed) shredded Fontina cheese
2 ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 ounces pancetta, chopped

Position 1 oven rack in the center and the second rack on the bottom of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F.
Roll out each piece of pizza dough into a 13 1/2 by 8 1/2-inch rectangle. Transfer to separate large baking sheets.
Spoon the marinara sauce over the pizzas, dividing equally and leaving a 1-inch border around each pizza. Sprinkle the mozzarella and Fontina cheeses over the pizzas, dividing equally. Sprinkle the mushrooms and pancetta over the cheese. Bake the pizzas until the crusts are crisp and brown on the bottom and the cheese is melted on top, about 15 minutes. Cut the pizzas crosswise into rectangular slices and serve immediately.

Pizza Dough:
1/2 cup warm water (105 to 110 degrees F)
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for bowl
 
Mix the warm water and yeast in a small bowl to blend. Let stand until the yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes. Mix the flour and salt in a food processor to blend. Blend in the oil. With the machine running, add the yeast mixture and blend just until the dough forms. Turn the dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer the dough to a large oiled bowl and turn the dough to coat with the oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm draft-free area until the dough doubles in volume, about 1 hour. Punch the down dough and form into ball. The dough can be used immediately or stored airtight in the refrigerator for 1 day.

Yield: 1 (16-ounce) ball of pizza dough
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Inactive PrepTime: 1 hour

Check out Giada’s show on FoodNetwork.

Does anyone make their pizza from scratch? Please let me know.

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Nachos are a fantastically easy meal to make and the recipe is flexible based on your taste and budget. Almost every meat goes well with this recipe. For this example I put in ground beef since you can usually get it cheaper than other kinds. The recipe here that I modified said the meal could feed 6, but it’s really good for 4 people (or 2 meals for 2 people).chef.jpg

Photo Credit: maebmij

Ingredients:

  • ¾ lb of ground beef (vary according to how meaty you want your nachos)
  • 1 pkg. of taco seasoning
  • A bag of tortilla chips (white is my favorite)
  • Can of sweet cut corn
  • Can of green chilies and tomatoes
  • 1 cups of shredded cheese
  • Sour cream (I tend to use a lot so add according to preference) or you can mix 1 cup of ranch dressing w/ ½ package of cream cheese

Once you have everything selected:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Cook meat with taco seasoning on frying pan until brown. Remove from heat.
  • Put tortilla chips on bottom of oven safe cookware.
  • Add meat, sweet corn, green chilies & chunky tomatoes, and shredded cheese onto the chips.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes. Make sure cheese doesn’t burn.
  • Let the dish cool and then serve.

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Photo Credit: lucianvenutian

nachos1.jpgLike I said, it’s an easy dish to make. How much does it cost to make it? Using local Wal-Mart prices, to get all the supplies it’s $13.95 + tax. Taken into account that we didn’t use everything that we bought on this recipe, it drops down to $8.35 for a meal that feeds 4 people. Not bad.Here are a few other nacho recipes I found that looked delicious:

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