Posts Tagged ‘Olives’

We have been having a mixed bag of weather. Rain, sunshine, hail, thunder, lightning, and now snow! What could be better on a cold spring evening than a pizza? Again, this pizza does not use sauce but tomatoes in its place!

Pizza dough
Extra virgin olive oil
4 medium tomatoes, sliced thin
1 1/2 tsp basil leaves
1 1/2 tsp oregano leaves
3 cloves finely chopped fresh garlic
Mozzarella, cheddar and asiago to your liking
Hard salami
Chopped tomatoes, from the tops and bottoms of the tomatoes
black olives

Tomatoes sliced for the pizza

These tomatoes are not too bad for this time of year. Summer time tomatoes are best, but these will do!

Lay out your crust then let it rest. Turn the oven on to 425 degrees. When the oven is hot, place the pizza dough in the oven for about 8 minutes. Remove from the oven, and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Then brush on the olive oil, lay out the sliced tomatoes, and add your herbs and the garlic.

Add the herbs and garlic

Top this with 2/3 of the cheese. Follow this with the pepperoni, salami, tomatoes, mushrooms and olives.

Add the toppings

Follow this with the remainder of the cheese. Then place this in the oven,

Pizza is in the oven

and set the timer for about 10 minutes. Check the crust to see how it is doing. I had to add another five minutes to the timer.

Pizza right out of the oven!

Let the pizza sit for about 5 minutes, then slice it up!

Pizza is served!

Serve this up with a hearty red wine or an ice cold beer!

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I love pizza! Of all the foods out there I can eat pizza every day, as well as Chinese and Mexican foods. Oh and Italian too! I was inspired to try making this myself after having a pizza like this from a little place that was in San Carlos, CA called Cheshire. This pizza uses tomatoes instead of tomato sauce. Are you ready for some pizza!

Would you like some pizza?

Pizza! Pizza! Pizza! Pizza!

Pizza Dough, I use a pre-made dough in this recipe
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Basil and Oregano, dried
1 huge ripe tomato
5 cloves of garlic finely chopped
Prosciutto – You can buy this in a thick slice, or some brands offer this already chopped
Black Olives
Parsley flakes

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Take your pizza stone, brush it with a bit of non-stick cooking spray. Then spread out the dough to the edges.

Spread out the pizza dough

Brush on EVOO and sprinkle with basil and oregano

Top with most of the cheese

Follow with tomato slices

Next sprinkle with finely chopped garlic

Next is the prosciutto

Add the olives

Follow with capers

Add remaining cheese

Put this into the oven and bake until the bottom side of the crust is browned, about 12 – 18 minutes.

Pizza right out of the oven!

Remove from the oven and let this sit for a minute or two, if you can, then slice and serve!

Dinner is served!

I hope that you enjoy this as much as we did.  This is a 2 – 4 serving pizza, depending on whether you want to share it!

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I had a hankering for tacos but wanted to do it in one dish. I like one dish meals. So, I faced the challenge of coming up with a Taco Casserole. First time made and it was a hit!

1 1/4 #’s lean ground beef
1 small onion chopped
4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
1 cup of water
3/4 cup of medium taco sauce
7 oz. can diced green chili’s
1 3.8 oz. can sliced black olives
1 package of Schilling Taco Seasoning Mix
6 handfuls of tortilla chips
2 cups shredded medium cheddar cheese
1/2 cup fresh tomatoes chopped
2 green onions sliced
Avocado, sliced
Sour cream

Directions: Crumble beef into a large frying pan. Add the onion and garlic. Brown over medium high heat. While the meat is browning, combine the water and the taco sauce. When the meat is browned, drain, and add the water/taco sauce mixture, the green chili’s and 1/2 of the olives. Stir until blended and then add the taco seasoning. Stir until combined, and lower the heat to low. Cook for about 5 minutes. And at this point, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Simmering meat mixture

Stir frequently. While the sauce cooks over the low heat, take the tortilla chips and place them in a plastic zip lock bag. Using the side of your hand, break up the tortilla chips so that the pieces are between 1/4″ to 1/2″.
Using a casserole dish, spray it first with a non-stick spray, then add one half of the crushed tortilla chips. When the meat mixture has cooked for 5 minutes, spoon out one half over the crushed tortilla chips. Then scatter one half of the cheddar.

First layer with cheese

Then repeat the tortilla and meat layers. Sprinkle the tomatoes, remaining olives and green onion.

The final layer before the remaining cheese

Then cover with the remaining cheddar cheese and bake for approximately 25 minutes.

Finished bake dish

Serve in bowls, and add a couple of slices of avocado to each serving and a dollop of sour cream.

We had a small amount left over which I had for lunch today. It was tastier today! I hope that you enjoy this dish, and if you try this I would like to hear if you liked this too!

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