So, on that note.....here is a really simple yet fun recipe you can make for the whole family and you don't have to spend hours wandering through the aisles at your local grocery store but hey, if that's how you get your kicks and out of the house for awhile feel free to roam aimlessly.
I found this recipe for Twirly Whirly Pizza years ago...I'm not even sure how many years ago...in Parents magazine. We immediately fell in love with it. It makes an appearance every few months or so and when I think of it again I'm wondering why I waited so long to make it. Here's some pics of my Twirly Whirly fun tonight....I snapped away on my Blackberry because it would've been waaaay too easy to have a camera with a battery ready and charged. Remember that I am feeding a family of 5 and that my hubby takes leftovers to work. So, 2 tubes of the pizza crust work perfectly for us.
Twirly Whirly Pizza....my way
2 tubes refrigerated pizza crust (thin or regular work fine)....you can find all kinds of great refrigerated pizza crust in larger grocery stores, I had to go with our one and only Pillsbury dough boy
Turkey Pepperoni (as much as you desire my carnivore friends)
Organic Baby Spinach
Pizza Sauce (a small jar...organic if your store carries it)
Italian Blend Shredded Cheese (1 package)
Black Olives (sliced)
Any other toppings you like:
I just used black olives, spinach, and turkey pepperoni and of course...cheese.
Heat your oven to 400 degrees.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper but don't use your stove as the work surface, it will make the dough even softer.
Open 1 roll of pizza crust and roll out flat on the parchment paper
Put about 3 T of pizza sauce in different spots on the crust and then spread out pretty evenly
Sprinkle the baby spinach all over the pizza
Next, the turkey pepperoni
Then the black olives
Now at the skinniest end of the crust tuck the sides in just a bit and start to roll and tuck the rest of the way. Think of a burrito type of pizza roll.
Now you have a little fat, pizza baby
Next you will need to chop the pizza roll into how ever many pieces you choose but I wouldn't go skinnier than 5 or 6 pieces. I have tried everything to cut this without ripping it apart or losing all my stuffing. The best thing I have found is a scraper.
Then you will pick them up carefully....treat them like the sweet pizza babies they are or else! This is serious people!
Lay them like you would cinnamon rolls in a greased (I spray with PAM) 9x13 baking dish. Then sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top of your Twirly Whirly Pizza.
I made a half and half dish of Twirly Whirly pizza....sometimes the boys will eat the spinach and sometimes they won't. So one half is turkey pepperoni and cheese and the other half is turkey pepperoni, spinach, black olives and cheese.
Put in the oven for about 25 minutes. At that point you will smell the goodness cooking. It will be beautiful and golden.
|yes, that would be my huge man hand helping me stuff my face|
You can serve this with a salad or another veggie of your choice. Or you can do what I did and just count the veggies inside the pillow of goodness.
Simple and oh- so- good. Very easy to make as natural as you want too.
Update on pictures!!! The above were taken with my handy dandy Blackberry, which bless it's heart, can't take a good picture to save it's life....so these look much better from my Canon! I also adapted these amazing pizzas for a party by cutting them AFTER they were cooked and making them Pizza Bites. Served with marinara. Easy party food.