I thought for sure that it would be over now...those hot, no-breeze kind of days that makes the thought of turning on the oven unimaginable. I know that it's technically autumn, and I've heard that in other parts of the country it's actually chilly, but on a day like today it might as well be the middle of summer. But my turn for a guest blog can't wait for cooler weather in San Diego - the post must go on!
I must say that I struggle with my choice of recipes every time my turn comes around - something sweet or something savory? The savory won out this time! Since baking is easier if you start early, I was looking for something easy to make for Sunday lunch and I found the perfect recipe...Chopped Pizza!
(Makes 4 - 6" pizzas...you might want to double this batch!)
8 Rhodes Texas Rolls, thawed but still cold
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
(I also grated up some sharp white cheddar cheese that I already had open - it was a nice added flavor!)
1 cup cooked sausage (or cubed ham)
4 tablespoons red, orange and green bell peppers
4 tablespoons green onions (I didn't have any, but I did have some chives, so I used those instead!)
Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Place the frozen rolls on the cookie sheet; cover with sprayed plastic wrap and set aside. Since it was such a warm day, I didn't think the thaw would take long, so I got all the other ingredients ready to go. I always like to mix up and slightly alter the original recipe - honestly, I use what I have on hand, so sometimes that requires some slight adjustments! But it always starts with Rhodes Frozen Bread Dough!
Once the rolls are slightly thawed, but still cold, place 2 rolls on you cutting board.
add 1/2 cup of the mixed cheeses,
then add the peppers,
and then the sausage.
Using a large knife, start chopping. You want to start incorporating all the ingredients into the rolls, so keep chopping.
You can chop a little more! Now you're going to scoop it onto a spatula and move the "pile" of chopped pizza onto a sprayed cookie sheet; form it into a 6" pizza round.
Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let sit for 20 - 30 minutes...the pizza needs to rest.
Now, I personally think that the colors in these chopped pizzas are beautiful...but I have someone in my household that isn't fond of anything green in her food - you know who you are! So after I got the first batch waiting to get ready to bake, I started working on a second pan...veggie-free!
Pre-heat the oven to 350°. Bake the pizzas for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown. Don't worry if a bit of the cheese melts onto the cookie sheet - I like that crunchy bit of cheesiness - yum!
Here's with the veggies...
Both were delicious and they warm up nicely, so making a few extras is a great idea. Again, there are so many possibilities, as it is with all the Rhodes Frozen Bread items. That's the great thing about having a basic ingredient that is so versatile. This is a super easy recipe and definitely a keeper. Whip some up for lunch or dinner...tonight!
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