In our house pizza is one of those staple dishes our family can always agree on, but some weeks we need it quick and light. That is where these recipes come in handy.
We can’t always do the heavy pizza loaded with sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, and bell peppers (even though it sure is good when we do), so we top them with lighter choices found in the vegetable drawer. And when we’re up against a tight schedule, we have turned to using quick and creative crusts like naan, whole wheat pitas, and even portobello mushrooms.
Everyone is happy because we let each person design their own pizza, putting out lots of options for toppings. We have gotten really competitive at times, trying to outdo each other by making our pizzas very unique and visually stunning. My husband and I will combine toppings that may be a little off the norm for pizzas, but the results have been pretty tasty. It’s fun to be adventurous! This is also the perfect occasion to use up extra veggies and cheeses that you have bought and can’t use in a full recipe. Think leftover asparagus, broccoli, and that half of an onion sitting in the veggie drawer. That sounds pretty good together!
Well Bobby has cooked up with some creative and healthy ideas for this classic dish. Try the Smoked Salmon Pizza with goat cheese, chives, fresh dill, salmon, shallot, and arugula atop a crispy naan crust—a delicious combination of flavors! Or if you like feta cheese, make the Mediterranean Pita Pizza. Its tangy Smoky Eggplant Spread puts it over the top. For something really different try the Mexican-Style Pizza on Portobellos. Corn, salsa, black beans, Monterrey Jack cheese, avocado, and cilantro on portobellos are so nutritious, you’ll want to have a fiesta! You can find all of these recipes at cookingwithpauladeen.com
No matter which pizza you choose, rest assured that you can make this comforting family favorite lighter and tastier. What are some fun toppings and bases you have used for pizzas lately?
Dear, Paula Deen
Well I think you are the most amazing person, you are my role model if they took you off from the set I would of died inside your the best cook and I can't waite to see you again
Alexis Conner in Summer Salad Days on December 04, 2013 at 4:59 pm
Paula, I used to watch your show on Food Network a lot when I still had the TV and cable many year ago. You weren't even that big a star back then. I always love watching you cook on Youtube after I ditched my TV and cable and read your recipes on Food Network Magazines. I hope one day you can return to Food Network and the Food Network Magazine. I stop buying the magazine since you were gone.
Orindary Jane in Love at Last on December 04, 2013 at 2:32 am
Great blog Cindy!!!! I always enjoy reading your post. This Thanksgiving centerpiece is absolutely beautiful and so easy to make.
Ann in A Perfectly Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece on December 03, 2013 at 8:10 pm
Paula, made your Zucchini Custard Casserole for Thanksgiving and it was Fantastic!!! Thank you so much! Love you & your family. Happy holidays!
Pat Walker in Love at Last on December 02, 2013 at 8:45 pm