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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Surf & Turf Scampi Spaghetti AKA “spaZghetti***”

Surf and Turf Spazghetti 128I was grocery shopping a few years ago and had a small budget of $20.00 to $30.00. So I had to limit the list to “essential” items only and no “impulse” buys. I noticed the Cream of Shrimp soup by Campbell’s and wanted it so bad, but could not afford it.

Years went by and I had a bit more money to buy some impulse items. So I finally got to purchase 2 cans of the Cream of Shrimp Soup. I used it in Shrimp & Lobster Fondue. It was my first time using my Fondue pot, so it was not very successful. If only I had used a traditional pot (on the stove), it would have turned out perfectly.

Surf and Turf Spazghetti 134I decided to save my second can for my Surf & Turf Spazghetti! This is Spaghetti meets Shrimp Scampi, meets Lasagna, meets Pizza – all in one dish! And of course, I am adding that “Puttanesca” Umami flavor bomb!

I normally have more “meat” in my Spazghetti, but to keep it light, I am substituting a pound of Spinach, for a pound of Italian Sausage, that is usually added. This puts everything on the plate, meat, side dish and pasta. Before I begin, I separate by groups to make sure I did not leave anything in the fridge or pantry.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Surf and Turf Spazghetti 026Spaghetti Half Cut, recommended: Barilla, two 12 oz. boxes
  2. Italian Sausage, 1 lb
  3. Shrimp Scampi (frozen), recommended: SeaPak, 12 oz.
  4. Pepperoni slices, recommended: Great Value, 6 oz., divided
  5. Anchovies in Olive Oil, recommended: Crown Prince, 2 oz.
  6. Cheese Shredded Pizza Blend, recommended: Great Value, two 8 oz. packages
  7. Ricotta Cheese, recommended: Great Value, 15 oz. and Cottage Cheese, recommended: Belfonte, 15 oz.Surf and Turf Spazghetti 118
  8. Diced Tomatoes seasoned with Basil, Garlic & Oregano, recommended: Del Monte, 14.5 oz.
  9. Diced Tomatoes seasoned with Green Peppers & Onions, recommended: Del Monte, 14.5 oz.
  10. Tomatoes Wedges, Tri-Color with Olive Oil & Italian Spices, recommended: Great Value, 10 oz.
  11. Cream of Shrimp Soup, recommended: Campbell’s, 10.5 oz.
  12. Alfredo Sauce with Portobello Mushrooms, recommended Bertolii, 15 oz.
  13. Alfredo Pasta Sauce with Italian Cheese, recommended: Sam’s Choice, 14.5 oz.Surf and Turf Spazghetti 016
  14. Mushrooms Sliced, recommended: Green Giant, 8 oz.
  15. Bouillon Cubes Shrimp Flavor, recommended: Knorr, 2
  16. Seasoning Blend, frozen (Celery, Yellow Onions, Red Bell Peppers, Green Bell Peppers, Parsley Flakes), recommended: Great Value, 10 oz.
  17. Tomato Pesto, recommended: Mezzetta, 2 teaspoons
  18. Olives Italian Salad, recommended: Boscoli Family, 2 tablespoons
  19. Portabella Zesty Mexican Blend, recommended: Giorgio BlendaBella, 2 tablespoons
  20. Spinach, Frozen Chopped Steamable, recommended: Great Value, 12 oz.
  21. Garlic Butter Shrimp Scampi Seasoning Mix, recommended: McCormick, two.87 oz. packetsSurf and Turf Spazghetti 132
  22. Tomato, Garlic & Basil Marinade Mix, recommended: McCormick Grill Mates, .5 oz.
  23. Olive Oil Black Truffle, recommended: Roland, ¼ teaspoon
  24. Truffle Zest, recommended: Sabatino Tartufi, dash
  25. Mushroom Porcini Rub, recommended: Manitou, dash
  26. Panko Breads Crumbs Italian Style, recommended: Great Value, ½ cup
  27. Grated Parmesan, 3 Cheese Blend with Parmesan, Romano & Asiago Cheese, recommended: Kraft, ½ cup
  28. Parmesan Aged Wedge, recommended: Frigo, ½ cup, divided
  29. Garlic, fresh, 10-11 cloves, dividedSurf and Turf Spazghetti 019
  30. Parsley, dry, ½ teaspoon
  31. Eggs, Jumbo, 2
  32. Butter, 4 pats, divided
  33. Optional: Turkey-size Oven Bag, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens (or line with foil for an easy clean up)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Melt 1 Butter pat with Olive Oil and add Truffle Zest and Mushroom Porcini Rub in stock pot for 1-3 minutes on low.
  2. Add Water and 2 Shrimp Bouillon cubes and bring to a boil.Surf and Turf Spazghetti 129
  3. Add Spaghetti and boil for 10 minutes. Next add the frozen Seasoning Blend and cook an additional 5 minutes, then drain. To that pot, add the Alfredo Pasta Sauce with Italian Cheese, 2 Shrimp Scampi Seasoning packets, drained sliced Mushrooms, Tomato Pesto and Cream of Shrimp Soup.
  4. Melt Anchovies in a skillet to cook down, and then brown Italian Sausage on top of the Anchovy oil. Add half of the garlic to the skillet last for a few minutes. Drain and then add the 3 cans of Diced Tomatoes, including the juice, Portabella Blend and the Tomato, Garlic & Basil Marinade Mix.Surf and Turf Spazghetti 022
  5. Beat the Eggs and blend in the Ricotta and Cottage Cheese, Spinach, Olive Italian Salad and 1 ½ Pizza Cheese package.
  6. Melt the last Butter pat and add to it the Panko Bread Crumbs, Grated Cheese Blend and half of the grated Parmesan cheese from wedge.
  7. Line the cooking pan with the Turkey Bag and a layer of Pepperoni and the other half of Garlic.
  8. Next add a layer of Spaghetti.
  9. Then add a layer of Italian Sausage.
  10. Then add a layer of Spinach/Ricotta/Cheese.
  11. Repeat the layers until you have used all of the Spaghetti, Italian Sausage and Spinach.Surf and Turf Spazghetti 119
  12. Layer with Pepperoni, but reserve some for the topping.
  13. Add the remaining half of the Pizza Cheese
  14. Top with the remaining Pepperoni
  15. Combine the Panko Bread with Grated Parmesan Cheese, remaining Butter (melted), Parsley and Shredded Aged Parmesan Wedge for the topping.
  16. Cook for 35 minutes in a 300 degree oven
  17. NOTE: I have to cook this part of it tonight and store in the refrigerator for dinner tomorrow. Reheat the Spazghetti for 15 minutes @ 350, if you do this the day before.
  18. Add the Shrimp Scamp ♪ on top of Spaghetti ♫**and cook for 20 minutes at 350 degrees
  19. Save some of the grated Parmesan cheese wedge to sprinkle on top.Surf and Turf Spazghetti 088

** Did anyone catch the shout out to Dr. FunhouseOn Top of Spaghetti” song? Here are the lyrics, in case you were curious about it, and you can listen here:

https://www.scoutsongs.com/lyrics/ontopofspaghetti.html

On top of Spaghetti,
all covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball,
When somebody sneezed.

It rolled off the table,Surf and Turf Spazghetti 127
And on to the floor,
And then my poor meatball,
Rolled out of the door.

It rolled in the garden,
And under a bush,
And then my poor meatball,
Was nothing but mush.

The mush was as tasty
As tasty could be,
And then the next summer, Surf and Turf Spazghetti 112
It grew into a tree.

The tree was all covered,
All covered with moss,
And on it grew meatballs,
And tomato sauce.

So if you eat spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
Hold on to your meatball,
Whenever you sneeze.

Surf and Turf Spazghetti 041** My Aunt Earnestine, nicknamed my Spaghetti to “Spazghetti” as a compliment. A lot of people use only ground beef in their spaghetti, but when I started using Italian Sausage instead, people noticed the difference.

By the way, the Catfish Nuggets turned out great!  The best I have ever made.  The secret?  Do what Sunny Anderson does and shake it in a paper bag.

Merry Christmas 2019!

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NAAN PUTTANESCA PIZZA

Pizza 027There is a story behind this dish. My family loves my take on Spaghetti, so much, that they call it: Spazghetti! I was making my famous Spazghetti at my brother’s house, decided to reveal the secret to the flavor: Puttanesca!

My nieces Lena and Lekia thought I was making it up, because I was drunk. Yes, of course I was drinking! We made up a silly song: Puttanesca, Puttanesca, Putt, Putt, Putt!

I had to look up the word Puttanesca on the internet to prove that this was not some made up drunken nonsense.

Even though my family loves my Spazghetti, many did not know Pizza 025that I used Anchovies in it. Some people hate or dislike Anchovies. I used to eat Sardines as a kid, but I cannot stand the small bones on any fish. So I cook them down, only to use the flavor. And yes, Puttanesca is the real deal. From Wikipedia:

Spaghetti alla puttanesca (pronounced [spaˈɡetti alla puttaˈneska]; “spaghetti in the style of a prostitute” in Italian) is an Italian pasta dish invented in Naples in the mid-20th century. Its ingredients typically include tomatoes, olive oil, anchovies, olives, capers and garlic. See, I was not drunk after all. So there!

This brings up a memory of my sister Gina, when she worked as a maid in a fancy hotel, on the Plaza. She would bring home this super large meat pizza with brisket and all Pizza 003sorts of meats. Thanks for the inspiration Gina!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Italian Sausage, 1 lb.
  2. Pepperoni, divide into 2 groups, 6 oz.
  3. Stonefire Artisan Thin Crust Pizza (they are well known for the Naan bread, and this looks just like it)
  4. Anchovies 2 oz. can
  5. Tomato Pesto, recommended: Mezzetta, 3 teaspoons
  6. Black and Green Olives, ¼ to ½ cup
  7. Goat Cheese crumbles, 2 oz.
  8. Mozzarella Cheese Pearls, 4 oz.
  9. Gouda Cheese, 12 slices
  10. Pizza 004Asiago, Romano, Parmesan Salad Blend, recommended BelGioioso, 2 oz.
  11. Tomatoes on the Vine, diced, 2
  12. Green Pepper, diced, 1
  13. Garlic, diced 5 cloves
  14. Italian Seasoning or Herbs du Provence
  15. Cooking Spray

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees
  2. Cook Anchovies for 5 to 7 minutes on low
  3. Move the Anchovies to the back of skillet and add the Italian Sausage
  4. Add the diced Garlic and cook for a few minutes
  5. DrainPizza 031
  6. Dice the Green Peppers and Tomatoes and sprinkle Italian Seasoning or Herbs du Provence on top
  7. Mix together Sausage, Anchovies, Garlic, Goat Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese, Green Peppers, Tomatoes, Black & Green Olives in a mixing bowl
  8. Spray Pizza Pan with Cooking Spray
  9. Arrange 1/2 Pepperoni on bottom of Pizza Crust and top with 6 Gouda Cheese slices
  10. Add Meat mixture on top, even it out, top with Parmesan cheese blend
  11. Add 6 Gouda slices, and put remaining Pepperoni on top
  12. Create a foil tent over Pizza
  13. Cook for 45 minutes and let stand 30 minutes before cutting

Pizza 016THE VAMPIRE DANCER SAGA 5 IS DONE!

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