Friday, March 2, 2012

Pizza Plus

Recorded February 29, 2012. The idea is to personalize a factory-made frozen pizza by adding toppings. The list that follows are some of the items that DrDaddy uses, but not all at once, of course. In a recent meal, sweet red peppers, artichoke hearts, sliced tomato, prosciutto, Greek olives, marinated mushrooms, grated cheese, Parmesan cheese, fennel seeds, crushed pepper, capers, dry herbs, olive oil, and granulated garlic were used.
sweet red pepper, fresh or jarred
marinated artichoke hearts
sliced fresh tomatoes
sliced red onion
sauteed onions
piquillo peppers
fresh basil leaves, whole or torn
rosemary ham
Greek olives
Spanish olives
California olives
sliced cheeses (mozzarella, provolone, asiago, fontina, mild cheddar)
crumbled cheeses (e.g., blue, Gorgonzola, feta, Stilton, Camembert)
marinated mushrooms

fresh mushrooms
Chinese sausage
Italian sweet sausage
country sausage, cooked
grated cheese blends
grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
fennel seeds
crushed red pepper
mixed dry Italian herbs
olive oil
garlic powder
Combine all the topping ingredients, except sliced and Parmesan cheeses, appropriately chopped, sliced, or diced, in a bowl. Aim for about a pint of combined toppings. Moisten the mixture with olive oil. Place a frozen 12-inch pizza on a pizza mesh screen (ask your favorite pizza restaurant if you might buy one of theirs). Pile the toppings in the middle, and spread them evenly. Arrange cheese slices on top, and dust with Parmesan cheese, if desired. Bake in a 400 degree F. oven for about 24 minutes, until the crust is browned and the toppings are piping hot.