Saturday, May 12, 2012

Pizza? Stromboli? A Cinnamon Roll? What???!

Hello, hello, hello, hello! Okay. I said hello enough times it was becoming annoying. But wow! Here I am again.

Who all out there has Saturday night for their designated pizza night? If you do, you're awesome. Almost as awesome as pizza.

I love pizza.

That being said, I like Stromboli just about as much. Just because it's a little easier to eat on the go. Maybe it's just me, but that's what I think.

But my problem is...Stromboli takes forEVER to bake. Seriously. I can't ever get it done totally. Yeah. That's my own personal battle that you don't need to know about. But now that you may as well know that I didn't make that up. I just never can seem to get it done...without burning the bottom of it or something.

In my life, it's a little crazy. I often don't have a lot of time to prepare meals... So everything I make generally takes me 30 minutes or less.

Last night was no different. I was gone all day...and then all of the sudden my Marlin was gonna be home sooner than I thought and then we needed to be somewhere at 7:00. Do you ever have those moments where you look at your cupboards and frig full of ingredients and you have absolutely no idea how you're ever going to be able to figure out what to make? I do it all the time. Some days I'm sure I've run out of ideas and we'll slowly just starve. It's like writers block...but it's food block instead...and the stakes are higher.

So as I was staring at all the ingredients I had surrounding me, I started mentally going through the different things I could make. But seriously. Have you ever tried to figure out something to make, when you're hungry for something else? Yeah. I wanted pizza. I always want pizza. So that's nothing new. But I really wanted pizza. I threw the idea out because it'd be too messy for on the go. Next idea. Stromboli. No. Not a good idea. It's take forever to get done. But I for some reason started tossing together some pizza dough and next thing I new I had rolled it out and had things all set up to make Stromboli. But then I came to my sense. Duh, it's never worked is not the time to try it again. There has to be food ready to go when he walks through that door.

Then it hit me.

This is what I came up with.

It was brilliant. It was genius. It was fast. It was was delicious.

So. Preheat the oven and mix together your favorite pizza dough recipe. I had instant yeast so I didn't even worry about letting it raise twice. After I mixed it up I let it sit while I gathered the stuff to put in it. Normal pizza stuff.
I think I had Turkey Pepperoni, Turkey Bacon, Hamburger, Mushrooms, Onions, Green Peppers and Beef sausage.
This is where it really helps to have things made up ahead of time and stuck in the freezer. All of my meat was already cooked and ready, and my cheese was already grated. So I just had to pull them out of the freezer and thaw them a little, and then cut my fresh veggies.
Then I lightly greased the area I'd be rolling the dough out and sprinkled it with cornmeal. Doing the same to the cookie sheet I baked them on.
I then rolled the dough out into a rectangle like you would if you were making cinnamon rolls. I was in a hurry so I didn't even bother making it perfect. I sprinkled more cornmeal on top of the dough before I spread the pizza sauce keep it from soaking into the dough and get some of the moisture. Then I threw on all my toppings and rolled it up like a cinnamon roll. Cut it into even slices and placed them on the cookie sheet. From there I popped them right into the oven, without waiting for it to raise. Hey, I was in a hurry.
I baked them for 20-25 minutes, and a couple minutes before I pulled them out I put on the  "icing"...okay, before you gross out...I sprinkled some cheese over it. Let it melt...and then remove from the oven. Seriously. These can be eaten immediately and they don't fall apart. Also, they weren't in the least bit heavy and flat from not being allowed to raise. They turned out perfect. And start to finish It only took me 30 minutes. [granted, I can whip up pizza stuff really quickly.]

I'll share the pizza dough recipe I used for this.


2 teaspoons of honey
1 3/4 cups of warm water
1 Tablespoon of Instant yeast
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of salt
2 1/2 cups of whole wheat
1- 1 1/4 cups flour of your choice
(I have done it all whole wheat but I like mixing flours)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F

In a large mixing bowl add your yeast. Dissolve honey in your warm water. [this makes it easier to mix the honey in, as it kinda melts] Mix well with yeast. Allow yeast to bubble slightly. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Adding more flour if needed. Lightly grease the pan your going to be baking it on, and sprinkle with cornmeal, doing the same to the surface you'll be using to roll the dough out. Roll out dough into desired shape. Sprinkle lightly with cornmeal and spread with sauce. Add toppings. Roll up. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
[If you're going to be making pizza Sprinkle the dough with cornmeal and bake in oven for 7-8 minutes... allow to cool, Then add sauce and toppings. Bake for another 10-12 minutes until pizza is done]

[This recipe makes 2 thin crust pizza's. For the Cinnamon roll pizza I used all of the dough.]

There ya have it! These would also work well for if you made miniature ones. I think they'd be so cute! I'm totally going to do that next time. :)

Question: What is your favorite fast and easy meal to make?

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  1. Love it! What a great idea and thanks for linking up to Show & Tell Saturday. :)

    1. Hey no problem! Thanks so much for the comment. :)

  2. What a great idea, will have to try this. (By the way this is LivingByFaith's mom)

    1. Yes! Please do! Let me know what you think. :)

  3. Looks super!!! Good job and fantastic , good thinking! :) Me thinks , you are definitley turning out to be another good cook to do your lineage proud! ;) :)

  4. another awesome idea! I am your newest follwer on GFC! do you have a facebook page?

    1. Angie! Thank you for following me. And welcome to my blog! :) Yes, I do actually. :) You can find the link to it at the bottom of my "About" section..or follow this link. :)

  5. I made these last night for a birthday party. Everyone loved them! I didn't put sauce inside but when they came out of the oven put sauce and a sprig of parsley on top. Love how easy it was, cause I can never get my Stromboli to bake thoroughly either:)

    1. M.J.W. Thanks so much for the comment! You have no idea how much comments make me excited.

      I'm so glad you liked it and it worked out for you! :) & That's awesome. Here I thought I was the only one who couldn't make stromboli. :)