Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Pizza in a Pita

Dividing a loaf of pita bread into top and bottom, provides a space for filling. In this quick dish, perfect for a warm breakfast, brunch, or afternoon snack, the space is filled with a tomato sauce, pepperoni sausage, mozzarella cheese and quickly pan-grilled in olive oil. For vegetarian, substitute olive tapenade for the meat.

1 loaf pita bread
2 T prepared tomato salsa or pizza sauce
1 oz thinly-sliced pepperoni or olive tapenade
1/4 c grated mozzarella
1 T grated parmesan
1 t olive oil, divided
With a scissors, cut around the edge of the pita to free it into two halves. With the back of a spoon spread the sauce evenly on the bottow leaving the outer 1/2 inch uncovered. Cover the bottom half with pepperoni slices and sprinkle on the cheeses. Press the top half into place. Heat 1/2 teaspoon of oil in a small nonstick skilled over medium-high. Put in the stuffed pit. Grill for 2 minutes pressing with a spatula. Drizzle on the rest of the oil, flip, and cook for 2 minutes more. Cut into 4 pieces with a sharp knife. Serves one. Variation: Cut into 6 or 8 pieces as a warm appetizer.