We needed a quick, easy Friday night dinner before the performance. Pizza!
Almost 200 hand-dipped baked mini donuts. Recipe here.
2 dozen Chocolate Oreo cupcakes. I forgot to buy mini Oreo cookies. Luckily, cutting the regular sized ones in quarter pieces worked great!
2 dozen medium sized cupcakes for my son's class. Topped with strawberry ice wafers for a change. The ice wafers were easier to cut into smaller pieces than the Oreos. I prefer not to use candy. (I tell my kids that there's enough treats out there besides gummy bears).
Look at all those goodies!
All packed and ready to go!
Several years ago, I found the Snapware 3-level cake/cupcake carrier (left) at Costco for $12. It carries 12 regular sized cupcakes per tier. The bottoms are reversible and can be turned to a flat surface for cakes or cookies (or mini donuts). Thank goodness I had the foresight to buy this before my oldest was in school. I have a feeling it will be put to good use in the future. The Wilton cake/cupcake carrier (right, from Walmart) carries 24 medium sized cupcakes. The medium sized cupcake pan is hard to come by. I bought mine at a consignment store about 10 years ago and I have never seen them again. My advice: when you buy a cake/cupcake carrier, check the size of cupcakes it holds.
After baking and helping with Fun Day, I am a little tired. All I wanted to do was pop a frozen pizza in and be done with dinner but I didn't have any! Thank goodness my freezer had frozen pita bread!
When naan (Indian flat bread) or whole wheat pita bread goes on sale, I buy some to freeze for pizza crusts. I had pita pizzas at a friend's house and it was so good!
So I gathered whatever I had in the fridge and pantry to throw some pizzas together. That's the beauty of pizza: just throw whatever you like on top of a crust of some sort.
Preheat oven 450F. While oven is preheating, place frozen or fresh pitas on a tray.
Add your favourite pizza sauce. I use whatever pasta sauce I have in the in the fridge.
Add your favourite pizza toppings. Again, it's whatever I have in the pantry and fridge: Ukrainian sausage slices, black olives, fresh frozen pineapple, and frozen shredded cheese.
As an experiment, I bought some fresh pineapple on sale. I chopped it up, froze it on a cookie sheet and then stored it in the freezer in a baggie. Also, I buy bags of pre-shredded cheese on sale and freeze them for pizzas, pasta, sauces, etc. Yes, you could also shred your own, but I like the different cheese blends that are available.
Baked in the oven at 450F for approximately 10 minutes. At this temperature, the edges get crispy. They turned out very good! Also good as appetizers and for parties.
Another variation I made last week: ham sausage, red peppers and leftover steamed broccoli!
This doesn't really feel like a recipe. It's more of a simple guideline as your tastebuds will dictate this dish. I just wanted to document this one to my list of recipes.
Easy Pita Pizzas
4 whole wheat or regular pita bread or naan bread
3/4 cup your favourite pizza/pasta sauce
Ham, pepperoni, sausage or meat of your choice
Veggies: red pepper, olives, broccoli, pineapple, etc.
Shredded mozzarella or pizza cheese of your choice
Preheat oven to 450F.
Place pitas on a lined baking tray. Spread your favourite pizza sauce on pitas. Add the toppings of your choice. Top with shredded cheese.
Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until cheese is browned.
PS: When my son came home from last night's performance, he was BEAMING! (The performance was too late for his sisters.) He received a Gold medal in the "Family Ensemble" category at our town's Festival of the Arts. I am so glad he had such a positive experience at his first piano recital. I'm a proud Mama!