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What’s for Dinner: Pizza Ring

So a few days ago, on Monday, I made this Pizza Ring.

It was very easy to make, took very few ingredients, and was a quick meal.

What I used:

  • 2 cans of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Garlic Powder
  • Oregano

How I made it:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line your baking day with parchment paper… so the pizza ring doesn’t stick and it’s easy cleanup!
  2. Unroll the crescent rolls, and keeping the two triangle pairs in tact… separate the rectangle pairs. Using two boxes, you should have 8 pairs.
  3. Line 4 of the rectangle pairs across one another so it creates a + sign… leaving a square gap in the middle. Add the remaining four rectangles to make a ring shape, overlapping the crescent rectangles.
  4. Add marinara sauce and Mozarella cheese to the dough near the middle. Add garlic powder and oregano.
  5. Fold over your crescents to create a folded ring.
  6. Add garlic powder and oregano on top.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes in your preheated oven. Serve warm!

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What’s for Dinner? The Book Edition

Getting a copy of my published recipe cook “What’s for Dinner? was an amazing feeling.

Ayaz and Faraz had been telling me for several years to publish it, and I actually had most of the work done and saved from a few years ago. So when I decided to go for it, the process was relatively quick and easy for me.

If you follow me on pretty much any social media, you will see that first and foremost I always describe myself as Arham’s Mama. It is who I am and it is what makes me most proud and happiest. This book is no different. It’s for him. I want Arham to know I’ll always be his number one fan in anything he wants to do [as long as it’s in good faith].

Have you picked up your copy of ‘What’s for Dinner?. I’d love to hear feedback. 

Have you tried any of the recipesLet me know what you think!

What’s for Dinner: Pizza Pockets

These pizza pockets are delicious and so easy to make!

You can use either a store bought pizza dough, or make your own. Click here to see my pizza dough r20140802-121720-44240578.jpgecipe.

Roll your pizza dough out to be a rectangular shape. Cut them into squares. On one half of each, add marinara sauce, cheese [and whatever other toppings you want inside]. Fold over, diagnonally, and seal the edges to enclose the filling.

Next, brush olive oil on top of each pizza pocket, followed by oregano and garlic powder.

In your preheated 400 degree oven, bake your pizza pockets for about 12-15 minutes [or until the top is golden brown].

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What’s for Dinner: Braided Pizza Bread

It’s a cold and snowy day [again]. We seem to be having a lot of these lately. Another foot of snow, making the total for the winter season thus far unreasonably high.
 

As a mid afternoon snack, I made this braided pizza bread using a refrigerated pizza dough I had handy. I lay the rectangular dough out on foil [for easy cleanup] on top of a baking sheet. cut the top and bottom parts of the dough to create strips.Down the center, pour marinara sauce, shredded mozarella cheese, parmesan cheese, oregano flakes, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes. Next time, I’d add strips of bell peppers and chicken too.Fold the strips on top to create a braided look. Brush the top gently with oil oil. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and oregano.

Bake in your preheated 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes.

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What’s for Dinner: Pizza Pinwheels

This was a quick snack I put together this past Friday night… another spin on pizzas.

I took [rectangular] pizza dough [store bought or homemade] and topped it with marinara sauce. On top of that I added: garlic powder, red pepper flakes, oregana, shredded mozzarella cheese and grated parmesan cheese.

Roll it into a log [as neatly as you possibly can]. And using a sharp knife, cut them into even pieces. Lay them on a baking tray.

I baked it in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 12-15 minutes and it was delicious!

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What’s for Dinner: Pizza Stuffed Bread

Yeah, so definitely not a healthy option today.


Oh well, it happens.

Today, I made a pizza stuffed bread. Another twist on my many takes on the pizza flavors we all love. Who doesn’t like Pizza? Actually, one of my aunts doesn’t.

A nice crust, ooey-gooey cheese, and the perfect sauce. Yum!

What you need:

  • 1 [Italian] bread
  • Mozzarella cheese, sliced or diced
  • Marinara sauce
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Extra virgin olive oil

What I did was:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut a deep opening on top of the bread, from one end to the other, without cutting the bottom. Open the bread a little so you have room to fill.
  3. Take several slices of mozzarella cheese and cut them so they fit in the cut space you are filling. Cubes would obviously be easier but slices is what I had to work with today.
  4. Lay the cheese evenly inside the bread, filling the whole length.  Sprinkle with black pepper, garlic powder and red pepper flakes.  Spoon marinara sauce into the bread then add more of the mozzarella cheese on top.  Sprinkle a little bit more garlic and red pepper flakes on top, then drizzle the bread with extra virgin olive oil.
  5. Bake in your preheated oven until the cheese is fully melted and the bread is brown and crispy on all sides… which took about 13 minutes for me.
  6. Serve warm!

I had fresh basil at home and I meant to top the bread with them, but forgot last minute in a rush to get it to the table for iftari.

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What’s for Dinner: Homemade Pizza

Slowly, but surely, I’m updating with recipes for things I’ve posted about in the past. Today is all about Homemade Pizza [click here to see my recipe for homemade pizza dough from scratch]. I’ve yet to experiment with making my own marinara sauce at home, mainly because the store-bought one I use? I love the taste of it.

Pictures is the Chicken Tikka and Peppers Pizza

The toppings I use varies, but here are a few of the most common ones to put together your pizza(s):

Chicken Pizza:
I take a few pieces of boneless chicken cubes (you don’t need that many unless you prefer it to be full of a lot of chicken) and cut them each into very tiny pieces. I added salt and some grilling seasoning (I used Dash’s) to the chicken, along with a little bit of oil and cooked it through on low to medium heat. The chicken cooks really quickly because it’s not a lot of chicken and it’s cut into such tiny pieces. Tip: Use salt-free seasonings so YOU can control the amount of salt.

Then use either a homemade pizza dough or one you bought [which I do plenty of times]. Roll out your pizza dough to fit your pizza pan. Pour and spread marinara sauce (you can use pizza sauce, tomato/pasta sauce or whatever you prefer… I find marinara sauce to work best) all over the dough. Then, I sprinkle mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese on top. Next, I sprinkle oregano and parsley flakes over the cheese. Finally, add the chicken (evenly spaced out). I baked this pizza for 25 minutes in a preheated oven at 350 degrees.

For the Plain Cheese Pizza:
Again, either make a pizza dough or buy one. Roll out your pizza dough to fit your pizza pan. Pour and spread marinara sauce all over the dough. I, then, sprinkled a pizza cheese blend all over on top of the marinara sauce. Next, I added oregano and parsley flakes again on top. I baked this one for 25 minutes on 350 degrees as well.

For the Chicken Tikka and Peppers Pizza:
I made this one yesterday. Again, either make a pizza dough or buy one [For this one, I used Betty Crocker’s Pizza Crust mix and was surprised how nicely it turned out]. Roll out your pizza dough to fit your pizza pan. Pour and spread marinara sauce all over the dough. I, then, sprinkled a pizza cheese blend all over on top of the marinara sauce. Next, I add in shredded chicken tikka pieces [see below for how I make it]. Sprinkle varying colors of peppers on top. Finally, I added some Italian seasoning. I baked this one for about 20 minutes on 400 degrees.

For the chicken tikka: I had marinated chicken with black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, yogurt, lemon juice, and tandoori masala a day or two ago to BBQ. It had rained, however, so I’ve been using said chicken in various forms this week. I, then, cooked it over low heat. I typically use boneless chicken but the one in the picture above – I used leg and thigh pieces.

Seasonings, spices, toppings, etc. can be altered to using your own preference… I just usually make it up as I go along based on what flavors I wanted and what my family likes.

Note: How long the pizza(s) take to bake in the oven will depend on your oven, how thick your crust is, etc… so keep an eye on it.

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What’s for Dinner: Stuffed Pizza Rolls

Tonight, for dinner, I made stuffed Pizza Rolls.

Started off by making the pizza dough in the afternoon. You can, of course, just use store-bought pizza dough. I do that plenty of times when I’m making Pizza at home. I just decided to make this on a moment’s whim and had none at home to work with.

To make my pizza dough, I used:

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package of active dry yeast
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 3 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour

Now, onto making the pizza dough:

  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
  2. Next, add in the oil, salt, and two cups of flour. Blend, on medium speed, for  about three minutes.
  3. Then, add the remaining two cups of flour to the mixture and form the dough (the consistency is so much better this way).
  4. Knead for about five minutes on a floured surface. Cover [with a damp paper towel] and let it rise [I put mine in my oven that wasn’t turned on]. I let it rise for two hours [and would suggest you do it for at least the same amount of time frame].

Next, the filling:
The reason I suddenly decided to make the stuffed pizza rolls today was I had a couple of chicken breast fillets leftover from something earlier and I wanted to use that up. I originally thought about making my Cajun Chicken Pasta [I can’t believe I haven’t posted the recipe for that yet!!], but I didn’t have enough chicken for that. These Stuffed Pizza Rolls is what popped in my head next.

So I cut the chicken into very tiny, bite size, pieces and marinated it with:

  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Ginger powder
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Crushed rosemary
  • Basil leaves
  • Thyme leaves

You can, of course, add in salt if you want — with so many different herbs I didn’t think it needed any!

With non-stick cooking spray, I cooked the chicken on very low heat. Watch the skillet! The chicken is in such tiny pieces that it will cook in absolutely no time!

Now, finally, on to putting together the Stuffed Pizza Rolls:

  1. In a bowl, I combined the [cooked] chicken with shredded mozzarella cheese, crushed red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, and chopped up peppers [in varying colors].
  2. The pizza dough that you made earlier? Take tiny pieces of them, fill in with your filling, and form a ball  around the filling.
  3. Lay them in a non-stick baking pan. With my homemade dough, I was able to make 13 ‘rolls” each in two round baking pans.
  4. When all the “rolls” were made, I covered the pans each with another damp paper towel and put it back in the [still turned off] oven for another 60 to 90 minutes to let the dough rise for a second time.
  5. When you are ready to bake, take your baking pans out of the oven before preheating your oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Next, brush the top of your “rolls” with a little oil.
  7. Then, combine about 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning, and about 3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the tops, evenly, with the mixture.
  8. Bake, in your preheated oven, for about 20-25 minutes. Keep an eye on them, as cooking time will vary depending on the ovens and the pizza dough used. The Stuffed Pizza Rolls are ready to be taken out when they are golden brown on top.
  9. Serve the Stuffed Pizza Rolls warm alongside warm marinara sauce!

Note: I considered adding marinara sauce inside, instead of serving it on the side, but ultimately decided not to because I didn’t want to have to deal with the mess the sauce would create as I rolled up each into a ball.

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What’s for Dinner: Pizza Puffs

Pizza Puffs. Pizza Bites. Whatever you want to call it.

These Pizza Puffs are a great finger-food snack, or would be great as an appetizer for a party.

What you will need:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of milk [I used 1% because that’s what I always have on hand]
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Marinara sauce, for dipping
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Other pizza toppings of your choice [optional]

To make the Pizza Puffs:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spray non-stick cooking spray throughout your [non-stick] mini-muffin pan. I sprayed my non-stick pan just to be absolutely sure that they’d come out without a problem. 
  2. In a bowl, mix together your flour and baking powder. Next, add in the milk and egg. Stir to combine everything. Mix in your shredded mozzarella cheese, the oregano, basil, and garlic powder. This would also be where you would mix in your pizza toppings of choice, whether it be vegetables like mushrooms/peppers, or chicken/meat.
  3. Pour the batter, evenly, into the muffin pan, filling it about 2/3rds of the way full. They will rise!
  4. Bake in your preheated oven for about 25 minutes, until they are light golden brown on top.
  5. Note: You will probably end up with enough batter for two batches [for a 24-cup mini-muffin pan]: repeat with second batch!

Serve pizza puffs warm with warm marinara sauce for dipping.

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What’s for Dinner: Pull-Apart Pizza Bread

I must be in a pizza-craze mode, because I have experimented with pizza-style recipes several different times in the span of a few weeks. By the way, you can find other Pizza-styled recipes of mine by clicking here.

Anyhow, back to the Pull-Apart Pizza Bread I made this past Friday. It’s, of course, another fun twist to pizza.

What you need:

  • Pizza dough, homemade or store-bought [I used one whole plus a quarter more of the frozen store-bought kind]
  • Marinara Sauce [or pizza sauce if you’d like]
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Additional toppings, optional
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Directions:

  1. On a floured surface, so your dough doesn’t stick and is easy to work with, roll your pizza dough out into a large rectangle.
  2. This second step you can do two ways. You could either, at this point, top your rolled out pizza dough with sauce, cheese, and whatever other topping(s) you’d like… and then cut them into squares. Or you could do what I did because I didn’t want to have to deal with the messiness factor. It’s messy, anyways, my way… just not as much. What I did instead was: cut my dough into squares, top each square with marinara sauce and cheese (you could add other toppings if you’d like at this point). It’s more work this way because you have to individual add it to each square, but I preferred that over having to cut through pizza dough that had everything on it already.
  3. Once you have all your squares, stack up the squares onto of each other, and stack into a [non-stick] loaf pan that you have sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. I created several smaller stacks, just so it was easier to transfer them into the loaf pan.
  4. Cover your loaf pan with plastic wrap, set it aside, and allow it to rise [for at least 30 minutes].
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Baked your Pull-Apart Pizza Bread for about 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Allow to pizza to rest for a few minutes minutes before flipping it [gently] onto a serving platter. I’d recommend serving it with additional [warm] marinara sauce.
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