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Caesar Pita Pizza

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on May 12, 2011 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

I was intrigued by the idea of a pita pizza served with a Caesar salad on top of it. I am one of those people who don’t even like to have my food to touch. So idea to put a salad on top on a warm pita pizza really put me over the edge. Yet I was intrigued.

By now I am sure that you know that I am a sucker for cookbooks that promote family mealtime and family together time. This cookbook not only gives you recipes but it also gives you games to play with your family around the dinner table. For example if you were to travel with your family where would you go? How about if you were to travel with a friend? And what if you were to travel by yourself? This really is a jam-packed cookbook full of so many different things. It is so much more than a cookbook. Film producer Laurie David shows us how passionate she is in between the pages of the cookbook.

The Ruling: We liked it…..the fussy don’t eat their vegetable kids skipped on the salad and just had the pizza. Those of us who did top it with salad enjoyed it, yes, even me. We ate it like a pita and held it in our hand instead of putting it on a plate and eating it with a fork and knife. Sometimes it is a good idea to go outside your comfort level. I know I was glad that I did. I did create a short cut and used a bagged Caesar salad mix….so much faster than making homemade dressing.  You will notice that the recipe is written so that a child can make it. I in fact had my child make it….never mind that he is 17 and works in a kitchen at a local fine dining restaurant. The recipe doesn’t say put the salad on top of the pizza, but we followed along with the picture and did just that! Leave off the pepperoni and turn it into a vegetarian meal.

Caesar Pita Pizza Pies, page 124

Ingredients:

  • 6 pita breads
  • Olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups tomato sauce or your favorite jarred pizza sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Optional toppings of pepperoni, chopped tomatoes, thinly sliced onions or sliced mushrooms

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Put a baking sheet on the bottom rack of your oven. Brush both sides of the pitas with olive oil, then spread the tops with tomato sauce and sprinkle with the mozzarella and any topping you please.
  3. Using pot holders, take the baking sheet out of the oven and gently place your pizzas on it (you might need a grown-up to help you with this). Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until your think they are perfect.

Caesar Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 heads romaine lettuce, inner leaves best, torn into bite-size pieces
  • Bunch of croutons
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Put all the salad dressing ingredients into a large bowl and whisk, whisk, whisk until smooth.
  2. Now take a lettuce leaf, dip it into the dressing, and see how it tastes. Does it need more salt? Or lemon? Make it taste exactly how you like it best, then toss with the lettuce and cheese

 

To Joyful, Simplified Living,

MS. Simplicity

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