Pizza #40 Ramen and Chipotle Chicken Sausage
Sam has been begging to do a ramen pizza for a while. She loves the college fare. I’m not a huge fan of it or most salty things. The sausage was my part of the compromise.
The sausage was packaged Johnsonville Chipotle and Cheddar Chicken Sausage, which was amazing. I will be buying it again for future non-pizza related sausage needs.
Sam cooked up a package of ramen noodles as if she was making it normally. She drained off the water and draped the noodles over the cheese and sausage.
The oven treated the noodles very well. They crisped up nicely and stayed flavorful. The sausage came out perfect as was to be expected. I really thought this was going to suck, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Grade:
Me: A
Sam: A

Pizza #40 Ramen and Chipotle Chicken Sausage

Sam has been begging to do a ramen pizza for a while. She loves the college fare. I’m not a huge fan of it or most salty things. The sausage was my part of the compromise.

The sausage was packaged Johnsonville Chipotle and Cheddar Chicken Sausage, which was amazing. I will be buying it again for future non-pizza related sausage needs.

Sam cooked up a package of ramen noodles as if she was making it normally. She drained off the water and draped the noodles over the cheese and sausage.

The oven treated the noodles very well. They crisped up nicely and stayed flavorful. The sausage came out perfect as was to be expected. I really thought this was going to suck, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Grade:

Me: A

Sam: A

Pizza #39 Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza
This one is hard to tell from the picture, the sauce is what makes it great. I used tikka masala sauce instead of pizza/red sauce. The Indian dish is often paired with tomatoes and chicken, so I did as well.
The cheese was weird, Indian cuisine has very little cheese in it. So I was concerned that the cheese would not go well with the tikka masala, but it went pretty good. Not perfectly, but well enough.
The sauce was jarred from the brand Patak. Not the same quality as real Indian food, but not bad for a supermarket selection.
Grade:
Me: B+
Sam: A-

Pizza #39 Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza

This one is hard to tell from the picture, the sauce is what makes it great. I used tikka masala sauce instead of pizza/red sauce. The Indian dish is often paired with tomatoes and chicken, so I did as well.

The cheese was weird, Indian cuisine has very little cheese in it. So I was concerned that the cheese would not go well with the tikka masala, but it went pretty good. Not perfectly, but well enough.

The sauce was jarred from the brand Patak. Not the same quality as real Indian food, but not bad for a supermarket selection.

Grade:

Me: B+

Sam: A-

Pizza #38 Summer Squash, Zucchini and Ground Beef
This pizza was the result of the bounty of my parents backyard garden. They provided me with some surplus summer squash, zucchini, and tomatoes; all of which were picked at their peak.
We added some beef to round out the toppings.
The squash came out great, I was worried they would come out mushy. They retained some crispness without being raw. They squashes and tomatoes went well together, as well as kept the pizza colorful.
Grade:
Me: B
Sam: C

Pizza #38 Summer Squash, Zucchini and Ground Beef

This pizza was the result of the bounty of my parents backyard garden. They provided me with some surplus summer squash, zucchini, and tomatoes; all of which were picked at their peak.

We added some beef to round out the toppings.

The squash came out great, I was worried they would come out mushy. They retained some crispness without being raw. They squashes and tomatoes went well together, as well as kept the pizza colorful.

Grade:

Me: B

Sam: C

Pizza #33 Hamburger and Hot Dog
The original idea was for a “Fourth of July” Pizza, but we couldn’t think what to add to make it more “Fourth of July”-y (ideas). So it boiled down to Hamburger and Hot Dog pizza.
We used Ballpark Meat Franks, using high quality hot dogs is important to make sure they maintain their flavor through the oven. I cooked the ground beef in a skillet for about 90% of the way I normally would if I were making tacos or something.
Thats about it. Sauteed, drained, ground beef as hamburger and cut up Ballpark Franks. It came out much better than expected, the hot dogs maintained a little sweetness and even resembled a frank that had been grilled.
I expected a basic, solid, well rounded pizza and my expectations were exceeded. The usefulness of hot dogs as a pizza topping is expanding my pizza possibilities!
Grades:
Me: B+
Sam: A-

Pizza #33 Hamburger and Hot Dog

The original idea was for a “Fourth of July” Pizza, but we couldn’t think what to add to make it more “Fourth of July”-y (ideas). So it boiled down to Hamburger and Hot Dog pizza.

We used Ballpark Meat Franks, using high quality hot dogs is important to make sure they maintain their flavor through the oven. I cooked the ground beef in a skillet for about 90% of the way I normally would if I were making tacos or something.

Thats about it. Sauteed, drained, ground beef as hamburger and cut up Ballpark Franks. It came out much better than expected, the hot dogs maintained a little sweetness and even resembled a frank that had been grilled.

I expected a basic, solid, well rounded pizza and my expectations were exceeded. The usefulness of hot dogs as a pizza topping is expanding my pizza possibilities!

Grades:

Me: B+

Sam: A-

Pizza #37 Herb and Sun Dried Tomato
I’ve been meaning to do an herb-centric pizza for some time. I coated the stretched dough with basil pesto. Covered that with a thin layered of cheese. I then added sun-dried tomatoes, dried cilantro, rosemary, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes. I also used some fresh sage and scallions I picked up at a local farmers market.
The pizza came out great. It was slightly spicier than I expected, which is great by my book. My only regret is the capers in my fridge had spoiled.
I will try this pizza again and again, varying the spice mélange each time. I was worried it would come out overspiced, but it didn’t at all.
Grades:
Me: A-
Sam: B+

Pizza #37 Herb and Sun Dried Tomato

I’ve been meaning to do an herb-centric pizza for some time. I coated the stretched dough with basil pesto. Covered that with a thin layered of cheese. I then added sun-dried tomatoes, dried cilantro, rosemary, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes. I also used some fresh sage and scallions I picked up at a local farmers market.

The pizza came out great. It was slightly spicier than I expected, which is great by my book. My only regret is the capers in my fridge had spoiled.

I will try this pizza again and again, varying the spice mélange each time. I was worried it would come out overspiced, but it didn’t at all.

Grades:

Me: A-

Sam: B+

Pizza #36 Sauced Vegetable Penne
One of Sam’s creations. She used ordinary pizza sauce, with ordinary cheese, and a bag of steam-in-bag lightly sauced vegetable and penne medley from Birdseye.
I thought this pizza would end up watery, but it didn’t. The veggies and penne kept the cream sauce clung to them nicely. I would’ve added more veggies, but it came out pretty good.
Grades:
Sam: A+
Me: B+ 

Pizza #36 Sauced Vegetable Penne

One of Sam’s creations. She used ordinary pizza sauce, with ordinary cheese, and a bag of steam-in-bag lightly sauced vegetable and penne medley from Birdseye.

I thought this pizza would end up watery, but it didn’t. The veggies and penne kept the cream sauce clung to them nicely. I would’ve added more veggies, but it came out pretty good.

Grades:

Sam: A+

Me: B+ 

Pizza #35 Pulled Pork
We both have been pretty obsessed with pulled pork lately. We discovered a local real BBQ place, Nat Hayden’s Real Pit BBQ (http://www.haydensrealbbq.com/), that is light-years beyond amazing. So, naturally we decided to make a pizza with pulled pork.
We coated the dough with a thin layer of Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Chipotle sauce and piled on pulled pork made by the chefs at a local grocery store.
Topped it off with some cheese and we were done.
Sam loved it, which is unsurprising considering how much she loves pulled pork.
Next time we will use pulled pork from Nat Hayden’s.
……or maybe their beef brisket
Grades:
Me: B+
Sam: A

Pizza #35 Pulled Pork

We both have been pretty obsessed with pulled pork lately. We discovered a local real BBQ place, Nat Hayden’s Real Pit BBQ (http://www.haydensrealbbq.com/), that is light-years beyond amazing. So, naturally we decided to make a pizza with pulled pork.

We coated the dough with a thin layer of Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Chipotle sauce and piled on pulled pork made by the chefs at a local grocery store.

Topped it off with some cheese and we were done.

Sam loved it, which is unsurprising considering how much she loves pulled pork.

Next time we will use pulled pork from Nat Hayden’s.

……or maybe their beef brisket

Grades:

Me: B+

Sam: A

Pizza #34 Broccoli and Cheddar Pierogi
One of the more straightforward pizzas we have made to date. We got a box of Mrs. T’s frozen Broccoli and Cheddar Pierogies and put them on the pizza. Regular cheese, regular crust, regular sauce, easy peezy.
The pierogies came out great. Cooked all the way through and crispy on the edges. We were very happy that this one came out as good as we expected.
You can see from the picture that our crust technique has been getting better and better. Big and fluffy, perfect for dipping.
Grades:
Me: A-
Sam: A-

Pizza #34 Broccoli and Cheddar Pierogi

One of the more straightforward pizzas we have made to date. We got a box of Mrs. T’s frozen Broccoli and Cheddar Pierogies and put them on the pizza. Regular cheese, regular crust, regular sauce, easy peezy.

The pierogies came out great. Cooked all the way through and crispy on the edges. We were very happy that this one came out as good as we expected.

You can see from the picture that our crust technique has been getting better and better. Big and fluffy, perfect for dipping.

Grades:

Me: A-

Sam: A-

Pizza #32 Lobster Macaroni & Cheese
Sam’s favorite pizza we made was the Macaroni & Cheese Dinner pizza. Since then, she has bugged me to do another one. I keep putting it off because I want try new ones. Well, I caved and we compromised on a lobster macaroni & cheese. I have often seen lobster macaroni and cheese on the menu at many pub style restaurants, even had it on occasion.
We used a can of frozen, cooked real lobster meat. It came out fantastic. The lobster was perfect and crisped up just a bit that was fantastic. It was so good, it would’ve held up a pizza as a solo topping. The Kraft Mac and Cheese was as good as usual.
Grades:
Me: A-
Sam: A-

Pizza #32 Lobster Macaroni & Cheese

Sam’s favorite pizza we made was the Macaroni & Cheese Dinner pizza. Since then, she has bugged me to do another one. I keep putting it off because I want try new ones. Well, I caved and we compromised on a lobster macaroni & cheese. I have often seen lobster macaroni and cheese on the menu at many pub style restaurants, even had it on occasion.

We used a can of frozen, cooked real lobster meat. It came out fantastic. The lobster was perfect and crisped up just a bit that was fantastic. It was so good, it would’ve held up a pizza as a solo topping. The Kraft Mac and Cheese was as good as usual.

Grades:

Me: A-

Sam: A-