Preparing a homemade pizza is infinitely flexible, inexpensive and fun to make, especially with little cooks. Making your own pizza dough is super easy as well and only adds a couple more minutes to your prep time. One of the recipes featured on the next page is from our online recipe archive. Did you know you can search for many of our old recipes at alabamaliving.coop? Use the drop down menu on the homepage and click “recipe archives” to find many dishes printed in the magazine in the past. Happy Father’s Day to all dads, especially my husband and my dad, who has been lovingly renamed “Pop” by his grandkids.
–Mary Tyler Spivey
Cook of the Month
Green tomato pizza
Sandy Adams, Marshall-DeKalb EC
1 purchased pizza crust
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium green tomatoes, sliced very thinly (about 1/8”)
dash of ground black pepper
pinch of salt
1⁄2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (more, if desired)
Optional: Add a little bacon or ham for a heartier pizza. Or add a sprinkle of smoked paprika for bacon-y flavor without the meat.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees (or temperature given on pizza crust package). In small saucepan over low heat, gently heat olive oil and garlic until the oil is hot and aromatic. The garlic should not brown, just flavor the oil. Set aside. Prepare the pizza crust according to package directions. Brush the prepared crust generously with the garlic/oil mixture. Arrange the green tomato slices in a slightly overlapping pattern over the crust. Sprinkle lightly with the pepper and salt. If using bacon, ham or paprika, add
now. Top with cheese. Bake for amount of time recommended on crust package, or until crust is golden brown, tomatoes are heated through, and cheese is melted.
Hilltop pan pizza
1 (1-pound) loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
1 pound Italian sausage
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1⁄2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons olive oil
8 ounces fresh sliced mushrooms
1 small onion chopped
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
3⁄4 teaspoon oregano
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Press dough into the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9×13-inch baking pan. Pre-bake dough for 15 minutes. Brown crumbled sausage evenly over medium-high heat. Drain grease from sausage and sprinkle over dough crust. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese evenly. Heat oil in skillet. Add mushrooms and onions, and cook until onions are tender. Stir in tomatoes, garlic powder, fennel seeds, salt and oregano. Spoon mozzarella over everything. Sprinkle Parmesan over the top. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in preheated oven, or until crust is golden brown.
Turia Myers, Pea River EC
1 cup chopped pecans
1 stick butter, softened
1 cup flour
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
frozen whipped topping
1 package strawberry glaze
1 pint sliced strawberries
Combine pecans, butter and fl our until stiff . Press into a 5×9-inch baking pan (glass works best). Bake at 350 degrees about 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool crust thoroughly. Combine cream cheese, sugar and 1 cup of whipped topping. Spread over crust. Mix strawberries and glaze and spread over cream cheese mixture. Top with remaining whipped topping. Garnish with additional strawberries.
Rebecca Cochran, Marshall-DeKalb EC (from the AlabamaLiving.coop recipe archive)
1 8-ounce package cream cheese
1 small jar picante sauce
1 8-ounce container sour cream (use half container)
1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
Toppings of choice – olives, green onions, tomatoes, lettuce, jalapeño slices, banana pepper slices
Let cream cheese come to room temperature or put in microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds to soften. Mix cream cheese and half the container of sour cream (4 ounces) together and blend well. Spread mixture on a large round flat platter or plate. Top with picante sauce and then cheese. It is delicious as is, but any other toppings can be added to suit your taste. Serve with round Tostitos chips.
Cheryl Lassiter, Black Warrior EMC
Single-serve cauliflower crust pizza
1 cup cooked cauliflower, diced
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1⁄2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoon parsley
1 tablespoon olive oil
Beat egg, add the caulifl ower and shredded cheese. Mix well. Grease a small pizza pan with olive oil and press onto pan. Sprinkle with the spices. Bake at 450 for 12 to 15 minutes. Add desired pizza toppings such as red sauce, cheese, mushrooms, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, fresh oregano, basil or spinach, etc. Bake until crust is brown and cheese is bubbly.
Robbie Sue Vantrease, Cullman EC