Whenever you're looking to satisfy a few hungry -- and even picky -- mouths, nothing beats a quick, healthy, and above all, delicious homemade pizza. There's a reason it's one of the most popular go-to weeknight dinners for many parents.
For a fresh take on the beloved dish, check out the latest edition of CafeMom Studios' Dinner Boot Camp, in which the U.S. Army's finest chef, Chef Rene Marquis, bakes up personal flat bread pizza with fresh fruit skewers. Mmmm! What's not to love about any of that!?
Awesome! I love how Chef Marquis shows just how incredibly easy it is to make a fresh, filling pizza on your own. And check out these clips for extra tips on how to grate cheese, followed by how to peel fruit!
Here are the full details if you'd like to bake up your own version at home!
Personal Flat Bread Pizzas and Fresh Fruit Skewers
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
- 1 cup diced tomatoes
- 1 cup tomato puree
- 1 ounce tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 4 (pre-baked) rounds flat bread
- 1 pound fresh mozzarella (in water)
- 1 pound shredded mozzarella
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup Feta cheese
- 1 cup cooked bacon
- 1 cup cooked Italian sausage
- 1 cup pepperoni
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- 1 cup thinly sliced green or red bell peppers
- 1 cup caramelized red onion
- 1 cup sliced black olives
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a medium saucepan stir together diced tomato, tomato puree, tomato paste, garlic, sugar, oregano, basil, marjoram, onion powder, and cheese. Bring to boiling and reduce to a simmer.
- Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes.
- Remove pan from heat; puree with a hand-held stick blender. Add salt and pepper to taste; set aside.
- Place flat bread rounds on sheet pan. Spoon 1/2 cup, or desired amount, of sauce on flat bread. Sprinkle choice of cheese over sauce; top with choice of vegetables, meats, and herbs.
- Place sheet pan in oven. Bake 7 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove pan from oven; let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Fresh fruit skewers:
- 1/2 seedless watermelon, cubed
- 1/2 fresh pineapple, cubed
- 1/2 cantaloupe, cubed
- 1/2 honeydew melon, cubed
- 1 pint fresh strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and cut in half
- 1 cup green seedless grapes
- 1 cup red seedless grapes
- 1 tablespoon chili-lime seasoning
- Slide fruit cubes onto wooden skewers, alternating varieties and colors.
- Sprinkle fruit with chili-lime seasoning. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Serve family style.
Tools that make dinner fast and easy:
- Pizza stone
- Grill pan
- Hand-held stick or immersion blender
- Melon baller
Cooking terms to brag about:
- Reduce: to simmer liquid, causing water to evaporate, flavors to intensify, and texture to thicken as volume is lost.
- Dice: a classic knife cut, typically 1/2-inch cubed.
- Pizza doesn’t always have to be red sauce and string cheese. Make dinner fun by getting creative with your sauces and toppings. Try Chimichurri sauce (used with Chef's grilled flank steak recipe, too!) or fruit salsa instead of tomato sauce, along with a variety to cheeses, vegetables, or meats.
- How to peel, slice, and dice any fruit.
- Save leftover pizza toppings for lunch or dinner the next day.
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