Thursday, April 8, 2010

Pizza Pizza

Eric and I love to try new recipes for dinner. I love to cook - he loves to eat (I kid, I kid). One of the most fun foods to make/eat is pizza! My mom makes fabulous pizzas - all funky and different. I recently stumbled on two recipe blogs: Macaroni and Cheesecake and You're Gonna Bake it After All. We made a pizza from each of these websites that I just had to share with you. They were incredibly easy to make and a tasty twist on regular pizza ingredients. Enjoy!

White Tomato Pizza
-1 pre-made crust of your choice
-1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
-sliced tomatoes
-garlic powder
-salt and pepper
-parmesan cheese for serving
-fresh basil for serving

Preheat oven as directed for crust. Spray crust with cooking spray and sprinkle with garlic powder. Top crust with ricotta, mozzarella and tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for about 10 minutes. Broil for another 1-2 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Serve topped with parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves (don't be shy with the basil - this makes it!).

Chicken Pesto Pizza
-1 pre-made crust of your choice
-2 chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
-1 T. Italian seasoning
-1 red pepper, diced
-1 green pepper, diced
-1/2 orange pepper, diced
-sliced white mushrooms
-3 T. pesto
-1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven as directed for crust. Heat a small amount of olive oil over medium-high heat and cook the chicken for about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Before chicken is cooked through, add all vegetables and more Italian seasoning. Cook until chicken is done and veggies are tender. Spread pesto evenly on crust. Top with chicken/veggie mixture. Top with mozzarella cheese. Bake for time indicated for crust.

**Note: I made slight changes to the original recipes which can be found here and here. They turned out incredibly yummy and very pretty. Unfortunately, I did not take pictures, so the pictures above are from the respective bloggers sites. Thank you!

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