White pizza is one on my favorite meals, and when I found this yummy recipe, I had to try it. (White Pizza – Table for Two® by Julie Chiou (tablefortwoblog.com). I credit the Table for Two blog for the inspiration, but I don’t even need a recipe to make it. All I need is pre-baked pizza dough, a bag of whole milk white mozzarella, garlic, and Italian seasoning.
Let me fill you in on it’s easiness. Any kind of crust will do. I use Dan the Man’s flatbread, if we have some on hand, but I’ve also used purchased flatbread or pizza crust. Whatever. I usually make one small pizza per person. I set my oven to 425 degrees and construct a tray such as this:
This is a sheet pan lined with parchment paper with a Pam-sprayed cooling rack on top. This allows the oven’s heat to more reliably crisp up the bottom of the pizza.
My big secret, though, is frozen crushed garlic. I get the packet from Target’s frozen veggie section, and it truly is a lifesaver for many dishes we make. You just pop out a frozen cube of garlic, equal to one clove, and put the remainder back in the freezer. For my white pizza, I put the cubes in a small bowl — using as many cubes as individual individual pizzas I am making — and pour in a couple tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. I let this sit for 15 minutes or so for the garlic to soften somewhat. I then mix the garlic/oil mixture and use a pastry brush to spread it all over the crusts.
Quick and easy so far, right? Now each flatbread gets about one cup of the whole-milk mozzarella spread on top,
and then the cheese gets sprinkled with Italian seasoning.
Put in the oven until the cheese has browned and melted — about ten minutes. I let the pizza sit for about five minutes after removing it from the oven. And then, before you know it, the darn pizza has been gobbled up!
Ok, yes, there’s a slight degree of hyperbole in the title of this post. This meal isn’t as easy as a peanut butter sandwich or a bowl of cereal, but it’s damn easy for a homecooked dinner.
This is a version of SOS (shit on a shingle) that my mom used to make. You need:
Store-bought biscuits — any kind will do. I like these.
3 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. flour
2 cups whole milk
salt and pepper
1 jar dried beef
Get your biscuits in the oven and then start the dried-beef gravy. Remove the meat from the jar and cut into small strips. Set aside. Melt butter in a medium saucepan and add the flour. Mix and stir for about five minutes, long enough for the flour to cook some. You don’t need to darken to roux. Then add two cups of whole milk and stir, stir, stir, until the mixture thickens. Add a good amount of pepper but just a little salt. (The beef will salt the mixture.) Add the dried beef, stir, and taste. Add more salt and pepper, if needed.
Once the biscuits are baked, slice them open onto a plate and cover with gravy. Serve with a bagged side salad or frozen veggies. Fast, easy, and a family pleaser!
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