My Big Fat Greek Meat Lovers Pizza Pie

Greek Pizza 142I LOVE Gyro sandwiches, so this will have all the flavors, but in a pizza-form. Save the “Tzatziki” packages from the frozen Gyro sandwich kit, to use on top of the Pizza. I also save the Pita bread as well to dip with my favorite Hummus: Sabra Olive Tapenade. Opa!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Pizza crust, recommended: Pillsbury Classic, 13.8 oz
  2. Ground Turkey Italian Sausage, recommended: Festive, 1 lb.Greek Pizza 067
  3. Pepperoni, recommended: Hillshire Farms, 7 oz.
  4. Soppressata, Hot uncured Salami, recommended: Vincenza’s, 4 oz.
  5. Gyro Sandwich, recommended: Opaa, two 7.35 oz packages
  6. Feta Cheese Crumbles, recommended: Athenos, 6 oz.
  7. Italian Five Cheese Blend with a Touch of Philadelphia, recommended: Kraft, 8 oz.
  8. Margherita Pizza Sauce, recommended: Ragú, 14 oz., reserve 2 tablespoons
  9. Tri-Color Tomato Wedges in Olive Oil & Italian Spices, recommended: Great Value, 10 oz.Greek Pizza 119
  10. Anchovies, recommended: Crown Prince, 2 oz.
  11. Kalamata Olives, Sliced, recommended: Great Value, ¼ cup
  12. Sumac, recommended: Zamouri Spices, ¼ teaspoon
  13. Oregano, recommended: Spice World, ¼ teaspoon
  14. Red Pepper Flakes, recommended: Spice World, ¼ teaspoon
  15. Granulated Garlic, recommended: HyVee, ¼ teaspoon
  16. Grated Parmesan Three Cheese Blend, recommended: Kraft, 1 teaspoon
  17. Red Onions, diced, ¼ cupGreek Pizza 065
  18. Flour, recommended: Wondra, as needed
  19. Parchment Paper Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 3
  20. Foil Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Wrap, 2-3

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Defrost the “frozen” Gyro Sandwich, and separate the Gyro slices from the Pita Bread, the day ahead or at least 30 minutes before cook time. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Greek Pizza 085Fry the Anchovies in a skillet to reduce the bones, but save as much of the Anchovy Oil as possible.
  3. Ground the Turkey Italian Sausage in the same skillet, until done. Drain and combine with the diced Red Onions, 2 tablespoons of the Pizza sauce and the diced Kalamata Olives.
  4. Prepare the Pizza crust by using two sheets of Parchment paper, flour as needed to keep it from sticking and use a rolling pin to get to the desired size for your cooking pan/sheet. For easy clean up, I line my pan with Parchment Sheets. Poke holes in the middle of the crust, using a fork, excluding the edges.Greek Pizza 093
  5. Pre-bake crust for 7 to 10 minutes and remove.
  6. Apply half of the Pizza Sauce and all of the Soppressata Salami. This is a good time for Mise en Place, a French culinary phrase which means “putting in place” or “everything in place. The Pepperoni package was already divided in half. I divided the Turkey Italian Sausage, in half, in the skillet.
  7. Add half the Turkey Italian Sausage and top with half of the Five Cheese Blend.
  8. Add half of the Pepperoni and half of the Feta Sauce.
  9. Greek Pizza 098Add the remaining Turkey Italian Sausage, Feta cheese and the remaining Pepperoni. Add the rest of the Pizza Sauce, the drained Tomato Wedges, more Kalamata Olives, Sumac, Granulated Garlic, Red Pepper Flakes, Grated Parmesan Cheese Blend and Oregano.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes and then remove from the oven.
  11. While it is baking, fry the Gyro slices in the same skillet on one side only. It fries like bacon, but don’t overcook it, as it will have additional cook time in the oven.
  12. Layer the Gyro slices and “smush” it down, if needed.
  13. Greek Pizza 105Add the remaining Five Cheese, topped with Oregano and Parmesan Cheese and bake an additional 9 to 10 minutes until the cheese melts.
  14. Let it rest for about 10 to 15 minutes before cutting. AKA: The longest 10 minutes in my life! I only had a banana and some chips so far.

Don’t get me wrong, I love ordering a Meat Lover’s Pizza from Pizza Hut, with marinara sauce, pepperoni, all-natural Italian sausage, slow-roasted ham, hardwood smoked bacon, seasoned pork and beef. Hopefully my take on a Puttanesca pizza will Greek-a-fy it!Greek Pizza 106

Laundry Day Update:

I got my new Washer & Dryer installed today. I got the Smart Wi-Fi models and connected them to my Smart Phone. Even though they are “shiny and new” I miss my old-ass ancient set already. This washer and dryer is so complicated, I hope I can figure out how to use when I wash a load tomorrow. Wish me luck!

It took me 10 minutes to figure out how to use it. And I still have Greek Pizza 115not figured out how to have it alert my phone. I can’t believe a wash load only took 20 minutes, compared to the older washer taking over 60 minutes.

My cat, Missouri Sunshine, loves the new washer and dryer! At first she was mesmerized, then afraid and then could not stop watching it spin. This is a new form of TV entertainment for cats.

Food & Toilet Paper Shortage Update:

Greek Pizza 156It’s funny how the TV Show: The Last Man on Earth, predicted COVID. Down to being set in the exact same year: 2020. It is not so funny having a food and toilet paper shortage. FOX should bring the show back, maybe we can find out how to resolve this?

I was so stressed out shopping on line to search for toilet paper. Forget about the usual suspects: Walmart, HyVee, Whole Foods and Amazon. I had to use Aldi’s instead. They had most of my stuff, but ran out of eggs, milk, liquid soap and toilet paper.

Greek Pizza 128My cat needs her milk and was almost out. So I found Dry Milk for Kittens at Amazon. Just mixed it with water and she is good to go.

I gave up on my usual suspects, as it seemed like toilet paper was nowhere to be found. So I checked at Lowes and Home Depot.

As soon as it put it in my basket, I got a notification that it was out of stock.

Greek Pizza 135I’m not playing the toilet paper game, so I ended up getting the giant roll at Home Depot. It will be ugly as hell, but at least I have TP for my bung hole. Party on Beavis and Butthead. Those dopes knew how important TP truly is.

 

 

 

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Desperate Housewives like to Cook!

Pizza HomemadeI’m not desperate, or a housewife, but I still love to cook. One of my favorite shows is Desperate Housewives, in particular Season 4, Episode 13 “Hello Little Girl” which debuted on April 27, 2008. Bree and her frenemy join forces to start a catering business.

I have always dreamed about catering. I figured if Bree could do that in her basement, maybe I can too?

FrittersIn May 2016, I signed up for EatWith at www.eatwith.com. This company allows passionate home cooks and amateur chefs to host dinner parties. You can host or teach people how to make your famous meals.

My home at that time, was a work in progress. It did not have a proper outdoor eating area. And for some reason, the bats loved the dining room. Maybe it was the burgundy curtains? As a home Bacon Bacon Cowboy Beansowner, I am always in the quest to make my home presentable.

My current home is still a work in progress, but has so much more potential. I never use my dining room and hardly ever use the deck, so I can put them to work.

The host is paid one day after the meal. I noticed this one charges $78.00 per person: https://www.eatwith.com/events/45500?date=2019-06-02

Gyro CookedI am still in the process of developing a Business Plan for EatWith. I would like to start out one day per month, then every other week, then once a week.

Each meal would come with cans of soda pop, a side dish, appetizer and Dessert. Each meal has a theme.

Fall, Winter and early Spring

A Taste of Italy

Spaghetti, Asparagus, Texas Toast or Garlic Bread. AKA Spazgetti with Italian Sausage cooked in Anchovy oil, Pepperoni and Melted Cheese, Gyro SlicesRicotta Cheesecake.

Mexican Flavor

Chili Choices: Beef Chuck with Beef Chorizo. Or Chicken Chili with Pork Chorizo, Italian Sausage and Ground Turkey. Mexican Corn, Cornbread with Jalapeños and Queso Cheese, Dulce de Leche, or Tres Leche Cake.

A Whole New World of The Middle East

Hot TubGyro slices on Naan Bread with Tzatziki, Feta Cheese, Kalamata Olives and Red Onions, Saffron Rice, Greek Salad, Baklava.

Down Home Diner

Meatloaf, Tater Fritters with Potatoes, Bacon, Polish Sausage and Cheese, Fried Egg and Oven Butter Toast, Peas and Carrots, Carrot Cake.

European Delights

Bree1Beef or Chicken Alfredo with Egg Noodles, Salad, Dinner Rolls, Pie and Ice Cream.

Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberries and Egg Noodles, Brussel Sprouts, Biscuits with Lingonberry Jam.

Late Spring and Summer

Take me out to the Ballgame

Brats or Italian Sausage bathed in Beer and Onions in a slow cooker, then pop on the grill to get grill marks and smoky flavor, on a Sesame Seed Hoagie bun, Bacon-wrapped Corn on the Cob, Watermelon and Feta Cheese Salad.

Bree2This one is more ambitious: Burgers, Hot Dogs, Bacon-Bacon Cowboy Beans, Fries, Salad.

I love to create and develop new recipes, but the one thing I am not good at is baking. Rest assured, the pies, dinner rolls and baklava will be store bought, or a jazzed-up cake box mix.

I would need to create a test food order to get the cost for groceries, serving plates, cutlery and then compare to the sample price charged to find out the profit. For example, Hv-Vee charges $1.00 more for the Lingonberries than Price Chopper and Walmart does not carry them at all.

I can promote it on the Nextdoor app and do a test run to see how it goes.

Bree5Come to think of it, I already have one package of Brats in my freezer, and all of the mixings for Bacon-Bacon Cowboy Beans.

I’m not sure what type of license is required for a Bed and Breakfast, but if I buy a bed, that would put my guest room to work as well, along with the Dining room and Deck.

I may have to set a time limit, like 2 hours for the meals. Perhaps, Adults only in the hot tub. I’m not sure about other entertainment options, such as Bree4watching TV or using my portable Alexa Tap to listen to unlimited music of their choice.

Maybe it won’t hurt to test one dry run.

Just saying….

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Happy Birthday Michael Jackson; Dancing Queens of Outer Space and OZ!

Fivver Oz PaintingChapter 8 Dancing Queens of Outer Space
August 1940; Wichita, KS

Another concept better elaborated on by science in the 3000’s, were those of heaven and hell. Heaven and Hell were proven not to be just ideological concepts, but actually a series of planets where spirits were transported after their mortal deaths on earth. It was not uncommon to see planets that were absolute paradise, though only accessible to those who died, living well and who wanted to go to a particular planet. Somehow, through a VITAS 1939 Wizard of Ozerror of security, The Wicked Bitches of the East, South, West and North got through to one of these paradise planets. The Bitches left absolute chaos and destruction in their wake, having set fire to several levels of the VITAS Nexus and having decapitated many vampires older than Christ or Methuselah.

The operation, while devilishly planned and devastating in its nature, had a flaw. Rather than ruin the Paradise of Men Who Like Beer as they had intended, the Bitches came through on the Paradise of Women Who Act Kindly, a mostly male devoid planet indeed. Nevertheless, the Bitches went to work, burning and slicing and sending out flying monkeys alongside other various minions, knowing that even if The Wizthey were somehow defeated, they could come back, and maybe with the Nexus of the VITAS so damaged, would be able to destroy all paradises.

This particular paradise was based on the beloved Gizzard of Woz story, as luck would have it, and each of the Wicked Bitches became uncomfortably aware of what happened to the witch at the very end. They attacked without mercy and without hesitation. Small 1940’s looking towns were burned, with people still inside.  Trees that could talk and sing were cut down without hesitation, their red sap thick and sticky. The Bitches conjured up the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion in wicked parody and marched upon the Bellow Urick Road towards the Sapphire City, and center of the Paradise.

WickedJust when it appeared that all had been lost to the wrath of the bitches, seven people appeared up the road, surprisingly, three of them male dancers sent after the Bitches from VITAS. Judy Garland, Diana Ross, Zooey Deschanel, Idina Menzel, Buddy Ebsen, Jack Haley, and Bert Lahr, all previously associated with Gizzard of Woz works in their own lifetime, now stood to defend what had become their heaven.

The Wicked Bitches, unable to match the Jitterbug the team forced upon them, sent their flying monkeys in a hail to bite and tear the dancers limb from limb.  As it was, with hardly Kathleen Robertson Evil Witch Tin Mana break in step, Zooey clicked her ruby slippered heels three times and disappeared.  The others did the same.  Enraged, the Wicked Bitch of the North flew high above the Bellow Urick Road and scanned the surrounding countryside madly for those who had dared to challenge her.  The three men were far to the north west, beside the city gates, while the women had gone far south, amidst the destruction the Bitches had left in their wake.  And still they did their maddening jitterbug, which made the Bitches feel compelled to flee the planet without delay.  The witches sent their summoned Tin man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion after women, while they went for the men from VITAS.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judy_GarlandMichael Jackson
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_Ross
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idina_Menzel
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddy_Ebsen
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Haley
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bert_Lahr
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wizard_of_Oz_%281939_film%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wiz
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin_Man_%28TV_miniseries%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicked_%28musical%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_jackson

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