Thursday, September 22, 2016

Pizza Part 20: Chicken Fajita Pizza

So, here we are again with another pizza. I can’t help it; I love pizza! If I had the chance to open a restaurant, my top choice for what kind would most likely be a pizzeria. No big surprise there, huh? This recipe is one of my originals. I decided to try making it one night when we were thinking of making pizza for supper and I wanted something different than the usual. I looked up the basic ingredients for fajita seasoning since I didn’t have a packet of it on hand, then adjusted it to my liking. I’ve heard that it’s less expensive to make different seasonings yourself, which I want to do at some point, but there’s nothing wrong with using a pre-packaged one from the store. Anyhoo, I hope you like this. ☺

So, let’s get cooking!

First, cut up the chicken breast into smallish pieces, about ½ inch squares. Place it in a bowl and add the fajita seasoning, store bought or homemade. In a skillet with a little oil (1-2 Tbl), sauté the chicken cubes until just done and tender, then set aside.

Now for the sauce: In a smallish sauce pan, melt the butter and add the flour to make a roux. Whisk in the milk, stirring continuously until thickened. Toss in the sugar and sriracha sauce and set aside to cool.

Dice the tomato and slice the onion and green bell pepper into pieces about an inch long.

Spread the pizza dough into the greased pan, and then spoon the sauce on and spread around. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top, then the fiesta blend. I almost always use at least some mozzarella because I love that cheesy stringy yumminess!

Distribute the onion and pepper slices, then the tomatoes and chicken. Bake at 425° for 18 minutes exactly. The underside of the crust will be a beautiful golden brown.

Enjoy! ~TMMF

Chicken Fajita Pizza

 pizza dough
1 lg chicken breast
1 packet fajita seasoning
*OR make it, recipe below
1 c milk
3 Tbl butter
2 Tbl flour
½ tsp sugar
1-2 Tbl sriracha sauce
1 lg tomato
½ lg green bell pepper
½ lg Vidalia onion
1 c shredded mozzarella
1 ½ c fiesta blend cheese

Fajita Seasoning

2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp cayenne
½ tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

Monday, September 19, 2016

Cheesy Ham & Broccoli Rolls

This is such a nice recipe and perfect for a cool fall night or the next church potluck supper. It’s a recipe my sister Kris made ages ago and I always loved it. Well, ham...broccoli….and cheese! Anything with cheese is okay in my book! :-) I’m not exactly sure what Kris put in hers, but this is how I make it and it’s downright tasty, if I do say so myself. ;-)

So, let’s get cooking!

Assembling the rolls is easy; just lay out a ham slice, put the broccoli crown in it with the top sticking out, and roll, roll, roll away. Place the rolls in an 11X15” baking dish. You can spray the pan with cooking spray if you’d like. Put the rolls with the tops of the broccoli in towards the middle.

To make the sauce, melt the butter in a medium pan and stir in the flour with a whisk until bubbly. Add the milk slowly while you constantly whisk it, until it thickens. Stir in the cheddar and Parmesan cheeses and the salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a small bowl, melt the butter and add the bread crumbs, stirring until thoroughly coated. You can use seasoned crumbs or plain; I use whatever I happen to have on hand.

Next, lay the slices of Swiss cheese on top of the ham. Pour the cheesy sauce on top of that, leaving the broccoli tops uncovered. Sprinkle the bread crumbs on top of the sauce, and bake at 400° for 30-40 minutes, until edges are bubbly and golden brown.

Enjoy! ~TMMF

Cheesy Ham & Broccoli Rolls

22-24 slices ham (deli cut)
2 bunches broccoli crowns,
separated from the core
3 Tbl butter
¼ c flour
2 c milk
½ c sharp cheddar grated
½ c Parmesan cheese
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
5-6 slices Swiss cheese
¾ c bread crumbs
2 Tbl butter

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Pizza Part 19: Valerie's Calzone Pizza

So, here we are again with another of my original recipes. Have I ever mentioned that I love pizza?? Oh my, how I love pizza! It’s one of my four food groups. ;-) I have eaten it for breakfast, lunch, and supper, and can never get enough. This pizza came about one night when I was going to make my calzones for supper, but Timmy had said he wanted pizza instead. I had thought of making a small pizza for him and calzones for the rest of us, but then inspiration struck and here we are! ;-)

So, let’s get cooking!

Cut up the sliced ham into small squares, about ½ inch square. Dice the onion and chop the mushrooms a little bit.

Grease your pizza pan with Crisco and spread the dough to fit. Sprinkle on 2 c of the shredded mozzarella cheese.

Place the sliced pepperoni---you can use one layer, two layers, whatever you want. Personally, I prefer 2 layers of it.

Spread on the little cut squares of sliced ham. Add the diced onion (we like a LOT!) and then the mushrooms.

Confession time: The next step is to sprinkle on the remaining 1 ½ c mozzarella cheese, but I failed to take a pic. I commit this error sometimes, and this was one of them. But go to the next step and you can see for yourselves that this is a VERY cheesy pizza! ;-)

Bake at 425° for 18 minutes exactly. The crust underneath should be golden brown and scrumptious!

Enjoy! ~TMMF

Valerie’s Calzone Pizza

3 ½ c mozzarella cheese
pepperoni slices
½ lb sliced ham
1 md Vidalia onion
1 lg can mushrooms