Friday, June 18, 2010

Friday's Kid-Tested Recipe - Pizza for Me! - Great Party Recipe too!

I hate sneaking food into my children's diets, so I thought I would share some of the recipes that I make with my kids (ages 3 & 2)!  When kids help cook, they rarely avoid the food because they helped to make it!  I'll try to note steps that even the youngest children can help with in the kitchen!

Okay, I know...all kids love pizza, but it's even more fun when they get to make it themselves and pick out the toppings! We really don't have time to make pizza dough from scratch (although this is my husband's specialty) and I haven't found an easy way to cut dough into perfect little circles from canned pizza dough...In order to make perfect little pizzas, we keep canned biscuits in the fridge. I'm not talking the Grand's super flaky but the canned biscuits that are fairly cheap and normally sold in a 4-pack at the bottom of the refrigerator case by the rest of the canned dough!

Pizza For Me

Canned Biscuit Dough (# of cans depends on how many pizzas you are making)
Some type of sauce (canned spaghetti sauce, plain tomato sauce, ranch dressing, italian dressing, buffalo sauce, etc...get creative)
Shredded Cheese (Mozzarella, Italian Blend, Mexican Blend, etc...get creative)
Pizza toppings (pepperoni, veggies, pineapple chunks, chicken chunks, spinach, etc...get creative)

You can also opt for dessert toppings and use chocolate sauce and marshmallows, etc....try a variation on the recipe with leftover pizza rounds!

How we make it!:
Preheat the oven to the temperature recommended on your brand of biscuit dough and get a cookie sheet or multiple cookie sheets ready for your pizza creations!

In your hands (or if you're picky, you can lay them on the counter or a cutting board and roll them out with a rolling pin), pat each biscuit flat until it is about double it's original diameter making a pizza round!
(Note:  Kid's can help make the pizza rounds, younger kids can roll with a rolling pin, older kids can pat them flat)
Place each pizza round on the pan about an inch or so apart and spread a thin layer of sauce on top of each pizza round.
(Note:  Depending on your patience, even really young kids can spread sauce, but avoid getting toomuch on your pan or the burned taste will carry-through to your individual pizzas - I think I would leave this step for the older kids or adults)
Once each pizza round has sauce, let each person pick their topping(s) and load up their pizzas before sticking them in the oven!

Bake for the temperature stated on the biscuit can!  If this time has elapsed and the cheese is not bubbly yet, continue cooking until the cheese in the middle of the pizza starts to bubble!  Let cool a couple minutes after removing from the oven before kids bite into the pizza because the toppings will be hot!

Some of our favorite variations:
Buffalo Chicken:  Ranch Dressing for the sauce with chicken chunks and mozzarella cheese, lightly sprinkle Frank's Red Hot Sauce over the top
Italian Supreme:  Italian Dressing for the sauce with Pepperoni, veggies, and Italian four cheese blend lightly sprinkled with Italian seasoning
Kid Fave:  Four Cheese Spaghetti Sauce with Mexican Cheese Blend, Pepperoni and Pineapple Chunks
Southwestern Flair:  Four Cheese Spaghetti Sauce with Mexican Cheese Blend, Pepperoni, Pineapple Chunks, and Hatch Green Chile
Dessert Pizza:  Cook the dough with a little butter and cinnamon and sugar, once the dough is done, drizzle with chocolate sauce or leftover cake icing


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