So you're stuck with a recipe post.
As you already know, I am all about fun, uncomplicated weeknight meals (let's save our grandiose culinary efforts for the weekend, shall we?). Quick and easy is my calling card (that was intended to sound sexual) because working all day makes for one lazy Courtney at night.
Clay and I have a 4-year tradition of eating pizza in some capacity every Wednesday night. What started as weekly delivery from our favorite pizza joint has now morphed into a we-only-make-our-own-pizza form of snobbery that oftentimes translates into my spending too much intimate time with my kitchen. And I'm all for that ... usually. Making your own pizza dough is just as fun as it is delicious, but when you work full time, playing with yeast and rolling dough after a long day can get tedious.
When I don't feel up to the task of making crust and am just one desperate phone call away from ordering Mother Bear's or Aver's, I rely on some quick pizza alternatives to satisfy our cravings and keep our meal planning on budget.
First there were English Muffin Pizzas and now I'd like to introduce you to The Pizza Bake.
I'm a huge proponent of bread and cheese, which is precisely why I like pizza so dang much. And when you can marry two of my favorite things and save me a little work, I'm apt to darn near lose my mind.
Pizza Bake is essentially pizza casserole. It's pizza that's neatly contained in a 9x13 glass baking dish, leaving minimum dirty dishes and creating optimum taste for your mouth.
You are made of win, Pizza Bake. You are made of win.
What you will need (serves 4):
- 1 jar pasta/tomato sauce of your choice
- 2 cans of buttermilk biscuits
- 1 bag of shredded mozzarella cheese
- favorite pizza toppings (we used turkey sausage and black olives)
- seasonings (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375°F and grease a 9x13 glass baking dish.
- Open the cans of buttermilk biscuits (If you hate the "popping" noise they make when air is released, now would be a great time to hand the cans over to your husband. He likes your cans.)
- Tear each biscuit into 6-8 small chunks and toss in a large mixing bowl. Try not to eat pieces of the raw biscuit dough because you won't have enough to fill your casserole dish and you WILL get nauseous.
- Add the jar of pasta sauce, half of the shredded cheese and your favorite seasonings to the bowl (I added basil, oregano and garlic salt.). Mix thoroughly. Don't worry, the concoction should look like an autopsy that's gone awry.
- Spoon mixture into the greased casserole dish, covering the bottom evenly.
- Prepare extra toppings and add to the casserole dish. Top with half of the remaining cheese.
- Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the crust reaches desired texture. (I like mine doughy.)
- During the last 5 minutes of baking, sprinkle pizza with the rest of the cheese.
- Remove from oven and let cool. (Warning: If you don't let it cool, you WILL burn your face and you WILL have a blister the size of a quarter on the roof of your mouth ... Courtney.)
- Serve with a salad or whatever side dish tickles your fancy
- Be sure to go back for seconds
What are your favorite pizza toppings? I really, really like ham and pineapple, but no one will ever order it with me.