Wednesday, August 31, 2016

MINI PIZZAS

Yield: 6 mini pizzas

Using a round biscuit cutter (about 3 ½”-4” in diameter, cut out six rounds from tortillas.
Place each round in the bottom of a muffin tin.

Place about 1 Tbsp. Pizza sauce into each muffin cup.
Sprinkle with granulated garlic 
Add you favorite toppings, finely chopped(onion, bell pepper, 
     mushrooms, olives, etc.)
Sprinkle on Italian herbs
Add about 1 Tbsp. Shredded mozzarella cheese
Top with chopped pepperoni (I cut pepperoni slices into sixths,)
     sausage, or any other favorite pizza meat.


Bake at 350o for about 12 minutes.


Monday, August 22, 2016

ONE PAN PASTA

Found this on Facebook from MetaBlasts 8-15-2016, and he said he got the idea from Martha Stewart. I have tweaked it some.

YIELD: Serves 2 medium servings  





1. Place about 2 oz. dry spaghetti into frypan with straight sides 
   (I actually used a cast iron pan with slightly angled sides.)

If you like your pasta al dente, continue to step 2. If you like it cooked more, add the 1 cup of water right now and turn burner to medium high. Let it cook while you dice veggies. Make sure you stir it a bit so pasta won’t stick to itself.

2. Cut up and place into frypan around pasta:
     1 cup thinly sliced onions (sliced on the vertical.)
     1/2 red bell pepper, chopped in large pieces (or any color you 
        want; if you want heat, use 1 chili pepper.)
     About a dozen cherry tomatoes sliced in half 
        (or equivalent in other tomatoes.)
     1-2 large garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced.
3.  Top with Leaves from 1-2 sprigs fresh basil
4. Drizzle with olive oil.
5. Add:  1 cup water

6. Bring to boil, then turn down to about medium, making sure water continues to lightly boil. Pay attention, and stay with this. Use tongs to gently stir. Cook 10 minutes or until water is gone.

7. Turn off heat.
8. Add and stir in about 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese.
9. Add leaves from another sprig of fresh basil and stir in.

Options: 
Add sliced mushrooms
Add your favorite meat (chicken, shrimp, thin slices of beef, etc.)

NOTE:

* How to cut onions: Peal onion, then slice through it at the equator. Place cut side on board and cut vertically, very thin.


* A sprig of basil is the leaves from about a 4” stem.