French Bread Pizza

April.1.2009

Here’s what I’ll be making for our upcoming Freezer Meal Swap (FMS).

Per Pizza:
1/3 cup pizza sauce
6 slices low fat beef and turkey pepperoni
2 tablespoons grated mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese
one half long French roll
Instructions: Cut each roll in half. Spread 1/3 cup sauce over the cut side of each roll, sprinkle with grated cheeses and top with pepperoni and other desired optional toppings. Wrap each pizza tightly in foil or other freezer wrap of choice and freeze.

When you’re ready to eat dinner, here’s how to cook your pizzas:

Conventional Oven: Preheat oven to 350°F and place unwrapped pizza on a baking sheet. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.

(Recipe taken from here)

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Frozen Pizza

March.25.2009

I have not attempted this recipe yet, but it comes for a very trustworthy source (organized home)! But we make pizza enough, we should totally try it!

So here it is!

2 c flour, all purpose
2 t active dry yeast
1 t sugar
1⁄2 t salt
3⁄4 c water, warm
2 T olive oil

For AUTOMATIC BREAD MACHINE, place ingredients in container in following order: water, olive oil, flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Select Dough setting and press Start.

For FOOD PROCESSOR, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water in a measuring cup; let stand until bubbly–about 10 minutes. Stir in olive oil and salt. Insert metal blade or plastic dough blade. Place flour in work bowl. With motor running, pour yeast mixture through the feed tube in a steady stream, as fast as the flour absorbs it. When the dough forms a ball, stop the machine. Process continuously for 45 seconds to knead. Shape the dough in a ball, and place in greased bowl; turn to grease top. Let rise in a warm place until doubled–about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Here’s the pizza part! (Another reputable site!) 😉

12 ounces mozzarella cheese, grated
1/4 lb Italian sausage, browned
1/4 lb ground beef, browned
1/4 cup onion, chopped and sauteed
2 ounces pepperoni slices
1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, freshly grated
salt
((We’re boring, so when we make this, we’ll just use cheese & pepperoni’s!))
Spray pizza pan with non-stick cooking spray or brush with olive oil.
Gently stretch pizza crust to fit pan, forming raised edge at lip.

Sprinkle crust with grated mozzarella cheese.
Dot with browned sausage, ground beef, pepperoni and chopped and sautéed onion.
Gently spread marinara sauce to cover cheese and toppings.
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and salt to taste.
To freeze: flash freeze pizza in pan.
When frozen, wrap in aluminum foil.
To prepare: do not thaw pizza.
Heat oven to 400°.
Bake frozen pizza for 20 to 25 minutes, until crust is browned, sauce bubbles and cheese is fully melted.

Terra’s Crock Pot BBQ

March.16.2009

OK, I’m giving in…the ‘secret’ to my amazing BBQ 😉 sigh….

Chicken
BBQ sauce – which ever style you prefer –
are you NC style or Memphis?? Memphis all the way! 😉
…Dr. Pepper
Burger buns

Throw the chicken in the crock pot (I usually use 1lb of breasts, but, like to double to freeze)

Dump in ‘some’ BBQ sauce (can you have too much? No didn’t think so!)

Pour in 3/4 can Dr. Pepper (drink the remainder!)

Let simmer on low for 6-8 hours

Shred and put on buns!

This makes 4 entrees, each entree contains 4 servings.

1 (48oz) container cottage cheese (6 cups)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (about 12oz.)
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/2tsp. salt
1/2tsp. black pepper
2 (8oz.) boxes manicotti shells (12-14 shells in each box – UNCOOKED)
12 cups spaghetti sauce (I just cheated and used big cans of Hunt’s Traditional, if you want the ‘red sauce’ recipe from the book, let me know)

1. Mix cottage cheese, eggs, mozzarella, Parmesan, salt and black pepper in a lg. bowl. With your fingers (or a spoon…fingers were easier) stuff filling into shells.

2. Spread 1/2 cup of sauce in bottom of dish. Place 6-7 shells in each dish. Divide remaining sauce evenly over manicotti. Wrap entirely in foil, plastic wrap, and another layer of foil. Label & freeze.

To Cook:
1. Thaw one entree in refrigerator or bake it straight from the freezer.
2. Preheat oven to 350.
3. Remove plastic wrap and foil. Place in baking dish and cover with foil.
4. Bake for 45 mins if thawed, 1 hour if frozen.
5. Remove foil and continue baking until noodles are tender.