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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Greek Chili for a Chilly Night

Chili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 085I used to Belly Dance in Greek and Middle Eastern restaurants back in the 80s. My favorite “taste” of Greek food included Gyros (with Feta and Lamb), Kabobs (with Sumac), Tzatziki (with Cucumbers), Hummus (from Garbanzo Beans AKA Chickpeas) and Spanakopita (with Spinach). So why not mix those flavors with my favorite dish: Chili?

My original chili was Beef Chili. My family loved it! It was thick, meaty and spicy! Using a slow cooker, instead of a stock pot, allowed all of the ingredients time to meld together. Next came CMcCormick Fiery Tastyhicken Chili made with Butter Beans, White Kidney Beans, Ground Turkey, Italian Sausage and chopped Polish Sausage.

To save calories, but keep the bold and spicy flavors intact, my next chili creation used Ground Turkey, Italian Sausage, Turkey Polish Sausage and Pork Chorizo. In fact, I liked it better than my “Slap Ya Momma” Beef Chili. None of the flavor was missing. And in fact, it was even spicier by using Diced Tomatoes with Jalapeno and Habanero peppers and the McCormick Tasty Fiery Seasoning Mix of Sriracha, Lime and Garlic!

The chili seasoning can make or break your chili. It makes all of the difference in the world. Back when I first started making chili, I would buy the cheapest chili seasoning. You know the one that is Chili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 003the store brand or 50 cents or less. Then I discovered Williams Chili Seasoning. And I will admit: they are the best. They are the reason why my Chili brings so many compliments.

I have to admit that McCormick Seasonings are stepping up their game. They released the “Tasty” blends, that bump up the flavor using Sriracha, Lime, Garlic, Lemon Zest, Basil, Oregano, etc. I love using the Lemon Zest to season my Tuna and Catfish Nuggets. And when you mix Williams and McCormick together, get ready for a spicy flavor bomb!

Chili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 042I had 3 hours of sleep and my Dishwasher is broken. Which means, I am mixing the meats in the skillet, instead of washing a bowl by hand. I have the slow cooker set for 4 hours, just enough time for a catnap before my Chili dinner on a chilly (19 degree) day!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Ground Lamb, recommended: Marketside Superior Farms, 2 lb.
  2. Pork Chorizo, recommended: Cacique, 10 ozChili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 040.
  3. Italian Sausage Mild, recommended: Great Value, 1 lb
  4. Spinach, frozen chopped, recommended Great Value, 12 oz
  5. Garbanzo Beans, Chick Peas, recommended: Bush’s Best, two 15.5 oz. cans
  6. Kidney Beans, Dark Red, recommended: Great Value, 15.5 oz.
  7. Diced Tomatoes with Jalapeno and Habanero, recommended: Del Monte, two 14.5 oz. cans
  8. Diced Tomatoes with Zesty Chili Style, recommended: Del Monte, 14.5 oz.Chili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 046
  9. Jalapeno Peppers, diced, recommended: Great Value, 4 oz.
  10. Chili Seasoning, Tex-Mex style, recommended: Williams, 1 oz.
  11. Chili Seasoning, Original style, recommended: Williams, 1 oz.
  12. Fiery Tasty Seasoning Mix with Sriracha, Lime and Garlic, recommended: McCormick, 1 oz.
  13. Mirepoix with diced Yellow Onion, Carrot and Celery, 8 oz.
  14. Garlic, smashed, 10-11 cloves
  15. Sumac, recommended: Zamouri Spices, ½ teaspoonChili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 052
  16. Cabernet Sauvignon, recommended: Yosemite Road, 1 cup
  17. Balsamic Vinegar, 2-3 teaspoons
  18. Liquid to thin it out, such as Cola, Chicken Broth, Water or Ice Cubes (as needed, depending on how thick or thin you prefer your chili to be), ½ to 1 can.
  19. Plastic Gloves, disposal will do
  20. Slow Cooker Liners, recommended: Reynolds

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Gloves oChili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 083n and ready to cut off the Garlic heads. Add them to the slow cooker liner and smash them with a small bowl.
  2. Mix ground Lamb, Italian Sausage and Pork Chorizo in the skillet and then brown in skillet for about 20 to 25 minutes. Add half of the Wine and Mirepoix. Cook on low for 5 minutes and then drain. I use an empty bean or diced tomato can for the grease.
  3. Drain and rinse beans. I top the beans with a dash of Sumac!
  4. Top the smashed Garlic with the remaining Mirepoix and Spinach. Then add the Tex-Mex Chili seasoning, Wine and Balsamic Vinegar. Chili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 049
  5. Add the Meats and then the Fiery Tasty Seasoning packet.
  6. Add the drained beans and then the Original Chili seasoning
  7. Add the 3 cans of Diced Tomatoes.
  8. Thin out with Liquids, if you want thinner Chili. I used a half can of Cola for a “sweet” touch.
  9. Add the Jalapeno Peppers and Sumac during the last 30 minutes of cook time.
  10. Cook on high 4 hours or low 8 hours, stir halfway through.

Chili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 086I like to top mine with Feta & Cheddar Cheese, Diced Cucumbers, Lime Juice and a dollop of Daisy Sour Cream.

 

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