I am usually a follow-the-recipe-exactly kind of girl. The first thing I learned to make as a kid was homemade brownies, and to this day I still have to reference my hand-written recipe to ensure I don’t miss an ingredient. It isn’t that I’m THAT bad in the kitchen. It’s just that I have so much other stuff in my brain, I limit the data I attempt to store in there. (That sounds like a good excuse, right? haha)
It isn’t often that I will alter a recipe, but it is extremely rare that I attempt my own concoctions. My brother, who could seriously be a very successful chef if he chose to be, can create ANY dish at ANY time with ANY ingredients. It blows my mind! And everything he makes turns out incredible. Me? I follow the recipe and it gets eaten.
So, I’m not sure why I decided at 6:00 this morning that I would attempt a homemade pizza recipe on the fly, with ingredients I randomly grabbed from my refrigerator. This was a pretty big adventure for me! Here’s are the items I put together:
- A can of biscuits
- An open jar of marinara sauce
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Green Pepper
I also grabbed a clove of garlic and the olive oil from the pantry.
And… this is what went down:
I turned the oven to 375 degrees. I brushed olive oil onto my pizza stone. (Just enough to cover the bottom.) I opened my reduced-fat can of biscuits (5-count) and arranged them on the pizza stone so that they could be rolled out into a crust. If you do not have a rolling pin, the side of a large cup will work. I chose to only roll the dough minimally in an effort to create a thicker crust. If you prefer a thinner crust, continue to roll it to your likeness or maybe consider using crescent rolls as an alternative. Then I sat that aside.
In a pan, I browned about 1/3 lb of pork sausage. Turkey sausage can be used as a leaner option. As the sausage browned, I diced the onion, green pepper, and garlic. (Of course, I didn’t measure the final amount. If I had to guess, I would say it was 1/4 cup combined.) I added it to the sausage, along with a tablespoon of pesto, until the the sausage was fully cooked. Don’t forget to drain the excess grease from the sausage. I generally place a couple of paper towels into the bottom of a colander for this.
For the next step, I measured (1/2 cup) and spread the marinara sauce over the canned biscuits. I then added the sausage mixture, and topped the pizza with 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. I popped the pizza into the oven, and 20 minutes later… it was done!
Cut into 6 equal pieces, a slice contains about 205 calories. I chose to cut the pizza into 8 slices which resulted in 160 calorie servings. The slice, when paired with a hearty salad, makes the perfect combination for lunch or a light dinner.
Quick. Easy. Delicious!
[Photo to be posted.]