Sunday, May 27, 2012

Farm Fresh Pizza

I am enjoying this long weekend and the opportunity to be home and do whatever I want to! I've been working long hours and getting lots of "dashboard therapy" (driving), so I am enjoying getting to work in my yard, spend time doing tinkering around, and cook. Yes, I said cook!

I love pizza and having more time at home equals homemade pizza instead of the frozen kind.  I often get a veggie pizza when eating at Subway and many times the person behind me in line will comment "that looks good" or "I never thought of that."

I cooked this farm fresh pizza for lunch today and it was great! I had a 1/2 pound of hamburger meat, leftover from cooking burgers earlier in the week. I browned the meat and several cloves of chopped garlic.

I usually make my own crust, butI did cheat and use a crust out of the can this time.
I heated a small can of tomato sauce with fresh oregano leaves and then started layering the ingredients on the crust.

I started with the sauce, then added chopped chives, basil leaves, and more oregano. Then I added the hamburger meat. Next I chopped up two tomatoes that my sweet mother-in-law shared with me and then added fresh parsley from my yard. Finally I added chopped jalapeno peppers and cooked the pizza for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, I grated cheddar, pepper jack, and Monterrey jack cheese that was added during the last few minutes of cooking.

The pizza had a great farm fresh garden taste to it. I used all the fresh herbs from my garden to season the pizza and did not use any salt, pepper, or spices out of a bottle!

The pizza can be made with just about any combination of fresh garden produce and herbs you have on hand. When I buy a veggie pizza, I love to start with a layer of fresh spinach, but I didn't have any on hand today. I served the pizza with fresh carrots and homemade peach cobbler. My mother-in-law shared some of her fresh, home grown peaches as well!