One of our fellow “Granny Plan” followers was asked by her family to make pizza as her first dish. Now pizza isn’t super-duper hard to make, but there is the issue of the crust. If you’re making the crust yourself it can take a little practice to get it down just right. Plus, it takes a bit more planning to have the dough soaked or fermented and ready for dinner. So while task-wise it isn’t the easiest first dish, taste-wise pizza is so popular it is sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike. So what to do?
Fortunately I have this shortcut that gives you the flavor of pizza without as much prep. This is a pretty easy go-to dinner for nights when there isn’t much time to cook too. We all love it here :-). Now this recipe has more than the 3-4 ingredients I recommend as a first dish, but don’t let that unnerve you. Most of them are just spices that you’ll want to have on hand anyway. So if the family is clamoring for pizza you could make this your first main dish. If not and pizza can wait I’d choose something a bit simpler to start with.
- 1 lb Pork sausage or Ground Beef
- 8 Tortillas
- 2 cups Cheddar Cheese, grated
- 1/2 Onion
- 1 Green Pepper
- 1 Can Tomato Sauce
- 1 tbsp Refined Coconut Oil optional
- 1 tbsp Basil
- 1 tsp Oregano
- 1 tsp Onion Granules
- 1 tsp Garlic Granules
- Salt to Taste
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Cut up the half onion, pepper and pepperoni.
Next let’s get the filling ready. Brown some ground beef or sausage in a skillet. If you’d like you can reserve a little of this in a bowl as a topping. Add the tomato sauce to the skillet along with the spices. No need to cook for long … the flavors will combine nicely in the oven. Just make sure the sauce is reasonably thick. And if you’re meat is lean as mine was add a tablespoon of refined coconut oil. Always looking for ways to sneak a little in ;-).
Put a little meat sauce and grated cheese on a tortilla as shown in the picture. Then roll it up and place it against the side of the pan. Keep going till you’ve a) used up all the tortillas, b) run out of sauce, c) run out of pan space.
Now we’re ready for the fun part! Spread the remaining cheese over the top. Then place your toppings. You can use whatever toppings your family likes. The ones in the ingredient list are my family’s favorites.
Pop the dish in the oven for 20 minutes. The first time you make this keep an eye on it since oven temperatures vary. We’re shooting for a crisp tortilla … hotter makes this happen.
This disappears pretty quick with just 3 of us so if you have a larger family you might want to double the recipe so there is more to go around :-). One thing to watch for is the quality of the tortilla. In the past I’ve tried some brands that didn’t come out crispy at all. Right now I’m buying some from Natural Grocer’s that are no-fail. If you have trouble try to find a different brand. The less processed the better.