This Giada recipe has been in the back of my head for awhile. Her newer book is actually pretty disappointing, I love her older books, but this one doesn't have much cooking it it! Half the recipes are drinks, salads, or paninis, so it is more of an assembly book than a cook book. Towards the end of the book is a great chapter about kids food, and this is where I found some of the best recipes. I kept this idea in my pocket, ready to use at a moment's notice. Yesterday that moment came when I was cooking for my sister (an older "kid" in high school), Maya (definitely a kid), and John (the biggest kid of them all). I tweaked a few things that I will mention at the bottom of the post along with the recipe link.
So I skipped a few steps here huh? This is a pretty basic pizza sauce with some cream in it. Why cream? I don't really like the taste of broccoli in a straight tomato red sauce, so I pinked it out a bit.
Yum. There is also pepperoni in there. Smells like pizza already.
A little cheese in each cup.
And some more on top of the dough. This is just store bought pizza dough.
The dough really puffed up nicely in the oven.
Maya had to inspect the inside before proceeding.
I was a big fan of these! It was fun to rip off the top and dip it in the stewy filling. And it did remind me of pizza. A chicken, broccoli, pepperoni pizza. As I said before, I made some changes to the recipe. I didn't use the panchetta like she did, instead just sauteing the onions and garlic in olive oil and adding pepperoni later. I cut the chicken into small chunks first and browned it, then poached it the rest of the way in the sauce. I also added cream, and lots of oregano and parm to the sauce, cause that is what pizza is to me! (I sort of made this sauce and added cream, chicken and broccoli to it) Her recipe is here.
Check back tomorrow for something healthy!