Pizza Pot Pies

My son-in-law sent a video of the Pizza Pot Pies from Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co. As we watched the Pizza Pot Pie being inverted on the plate with all the saucy meat and melted cheese spilling into a golden pizza crust bowl, we knew we had to create it at home. So here is what we did…

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Pizza Crust:
3/4 cup warm water (about 110°)
1 (2¼ tsp) pkt dry yeast
2 tsp sugar
2 Tbl olive oil
2 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt

Sprinkle yeast over warm water, sprinkle sugar over yeast.  When yeast if foamy, add olive oil, flour, and salt.  knead.  Let rise in warm place until doubled. While waiting for dough to rise, make filling.

Pizza Pot Pie Filling:
1 lb ground turkey sausage
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp seasoned salt
1/8 tsp garlic powder
20 slices turkey pepperoni, cut into quarters
1 (oz) can sliced black olives, drained
12 large slices mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar

In large skillet, brown turkey sausage and onion. Add tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, oregano, seasoned salt, garlic powder, pepperoni, and olives. Set aside. *Add peppers, mushrooms, your favorite pizza toppings.

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray or butter 4 oven-proof bowls (I used bowls approx 6″ diameter and 1½” deep, see picture above). Line each bowl with 3 slices mozzarella, overlapping to totally cover inside of bowl (break slices in half if necessary). Sprinkle 1/4 cup shredded cheddar in bottom of each bowl. Spoon 1/4 of filling into each bowl over cheese. Divide dough into 4 even pieces. Roll or stretch each piece into a round large enough to fit over the bowls and over the edge about 1/2″. Press around edge of bowls to seal dough. Set bowls on cookie sheet covered with foil. Bake 20-25 minutes or until pizza crust is golden brown. Remove from oven, let sit a couple minutes. Invert each pizza pot pie onto a plate, use a rubber scraper to get every bit of cheese, grab forks and serve. Makes 4 servings.

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Pizza Pie

Happy Pi Day! You know, 3.14. Any excuse for pie is OK by me. To celebrate, I chose to make main dish pie rather than pie for dessert.

Pizza Pie

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Pizza Pie

Pizza Crust:
3/4 cup warm water (about 110°)
1 (2¼ tsp) pkt dry yeast
2 tsp sugar
2 Tbl olive oil
2 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt (I like to use season salt)

Sprinkle yeast over warm water, sprinkle sugar over yeast. When yeast if foamy, add olive oil, flour, and salt. knead. Let rise in warm place until doubled. While pizza dough is rising make filling.

Filling:
1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, room temp
2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1 lb sausage (I use Italian turkey sausage)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped peppers (I use mixture of red, green, and yellow)
1 (2.25oz) can sliced black olives, drained
1/2 cup quartered turkey pepperoni
1 tomato, diced, salted
1 egg, beaten with 1 tsp water
turkey pepperoni, green onion sliced, and oregano for garnish

Preheat oven to 350°. Put cream cheese and mozzarella cheese in large bowl; set aside. Brown sausage. Add onion and peppers; cook just until tender. Drain. Add olives and pour over cheeses in large bowl. Mix thoroughly to incorporate all ingredients.

Spray and sprinkle cornmeal in a large (9″deep dish or 10″) pie plate. Divide dough in half. Stretch or roll one half into a circle about 11″-12″, to fit in bottom and up sides of pie plate. Place dough in prepared pie plate, fitting down in and up sides with edge of dough resting around top of plate. Spoon filling into pie plate, spreading evenly. Put diced tomato evenly over the filling. Stretch or roll remaining dough into a circle, and place over top of pizza pie. Pinch together bottom and top layers of dough, folding over as you go around. Brush top crust with egg wash, garnish with pepperoni slices, green onion, and oregano. Bake 35-45 minutes, until crust is golden brown. Slice and enjoy!
This is a variation of the recipe found at foodrecipes.info.

 

Short-Cut Minestrone Soup

It is nice to have a recipe that can be thrown together quickly on a busy day, and even better if it is healthy.  This minestrone soup fits this criteria as well as tasting great and having beautiful color.

1 (9.6 oz) bag Jimmy Dean Fully Cooked Turkey Sausage Crumbles
1 cup diced onion (I use frozen chopped onion, always ready, no tears)
2 stocks celery, chopped
1 (10 oz) Fresh Express Angel Hair Shredded Cabbage
1 small zucchini, chopped
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (10 oz) can garbanzo beans
1 (7 oz) can corn
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
3 cups chicken broth
1 tsp season salt
1/2 tsp dried basil
3 Tbl worchestershire
1/2 cup small pasta

In large soup pot, cook and stir sausage, onion, celery, cabbage, and zucchini over medium high heat for approx. 10 minutes, until cabbage wilts down.  Add remaining ingredients, bring to boil, then reduce to simmer and cook another 10 minutes.  Serve with your favorite cheese.

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