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October 16, 2018

1/19/2018 3:08:00 PM
More than one way to have pizza

Are you thinking it’s about more casseroles today?  Well, sort of. It’s really about pizza today. I was reading through a lot of information about when and where this “pie” originated, what year, how pizza got its name, etc. and do you really care about this information. H-m-m-m, I don’t think I do.


Reading through recipes I did find a pizza casserole…using a microwave. A quick way to put a pizza on the table.

1 lb. hamburger
1/2 c. each, diced onion and green pepper
1 – 16 oz. can pizza sauce
1 – 4 oz. can sliced mushrooms
4 oz. sliced pepperoni
2 c. uncooked, medium noodles
1-1/2 c. water
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. each, oregano and basil leaves, crushed
3/4 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

In a 2 qt. micro casserole,  microwave hamburger, stirring after 2-1/2 minutes, to break up hamburger. Continue cooking for 3 minutes or until no longer pink. Drain thoroughly; return to casserole and add remaining ingredients except cheese; mix well. Cook 17 minutes on HIGH, stirring twice during cooking. Sprinkle cheese over casserole; cook on  HIGH 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted.   Makes 6-8 servings.


1 – 8 oz. can refrigerated pizza crust
6  pieces (tubes) string cheese, cut in 1-inch pieces
1/2 c. pizza sauce
20 original or hot and spicy pepperoni slices
1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan. Unroll dough and press into bottom and 1-inch up sides of greased pan. Places pieces of string cheese along the inside edges of the dough.  Fold 1-inch pieces over and around the cheese; press dough edges to seal. Top the crust with sauce, pepperoni and cheese. Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees; sprinkle mozzarella cheese over pizza and continue to bake  or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted. Makes 6 servings. Note:  It’s best to cut with a pizza “wheel” until you get to the stuffed crust. Use a sharp knife to cut through the edge. You can also add cooked hamburger or Italian sausage, canned mushrooms, green pepper, thinly sliced before adding mozzarella cheese if you wish.


1-1/4 c. cornmeal
1-1/4 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
2/3 c. milk
1/3 c. butter or margarine, melted
1/2 lb. hamburger
1/2 lb. bulk pork sausage
1 – 6 oz. can tomato paste
1 – 14-1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 envelope taco seasoning mix
3/4 c. water
1-1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 c. chopped lettuce
1 c. diced fresh tomato
1/2 c. each, sliced ripe olives and sliced green onions

In a medium bowl, combine first 4 ingredients. Add milk and butter; mmix well.  Press onto bottom and sides of a 12 to 14-inch pizza pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. Cool. In a large skillet, brown beef and sausage; drain. Stir in next 4 ingredients; bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Spread over crust. Combine cheese; sprinkle 2 c. over the meat layer.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until cheese melts. Top with lettuce, tomato, olives, onions and remaining cheese.  Makes 4-6 servings.

Thought for the Day: A good letter, in this era of telecommunications satellites and quipping  note paper, is similar in quality, to a handmade afghan, a jar of homemade jam; a small act of grace, or a hand made little gift from one human being to another. I’m so old-fashioned that I still like to write a note, call someone to hear their voice, laughter, or share sorrow with them.

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