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Pizza made the French way

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In the past, I've written articles about that favorite Italian dish, pizza. There's many of us who enjoy this classic favorite and with all the restaurants that prepare it, the popularity of it never fades! Though I rarely eat them, the frozen pizzas are convenient and are quite good in their own right.

Some cooks state that if it wasn't for having to make a crust, they would make pizza more at home. Let's make a pizza, except give it a French twist! "French Pizza" is much like what you'd expect in terms of a pizza, but the crust has an innovate slant: frozen puff pastry! This will make homemade pizza even easier and will be a welcome change of pace from the traditional bread-type crust.

This recipe calls for the puff pastry that you can easily find in the freezer section of the supermarket. You thaw two sheets of the pastry and place one on a baking sheet. It's topped with pizza sauce, then with pepperoni, green peppers, onions, oregano and Mozzarella cheese. The second pastry sheet goes over the top and the pizza is crimped together to hold in the fillings. To aid in browning, it gets brushed with an egg yolk wash. It's now baked until it's browned. There it is....French Pizza!

Naturally, any of the traditional toppings used on pizza that you like can be used here. This is a great time to get creative and this recipe is even easy enough for a young cook to prepare. This is also a good idea to do if you're entertaining. You can set out the ingredients for whatever types of pizza your guests like and have everyone prepare their own pizzas! These can all go into the oven to bake while you and your guests enjoy time together. You can also set up a salad bar and just before the pizzas are ready, your guests can make themselves a salad to go with their pizza. This is a fun way to entertain with foods that many enjoy!

Back in January, I shared a recipe for a "Vegetable Pizza" that can be either a main course or as an appetizer. To get this recipe, follow this link:

http://www.examiner.com/article/preparing-for-the-super-bowl-with-pizza

Like pizza but don't want to bother with a crust? Open some puff pastry and give pizza a French look!

FRENCH PIZZA

  • 1 pkg. frozen puff pastry
  • 1 jar pizza sauce
  • pepperoni to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 6 oz. Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon water

Thaw two of the puff pastry sheets and place on a baking sheet. Spread some pizza sauce down the center of the dough (all of the sauce won't be used from the jar) to within one inch of the edge. Top sauce with remaining ingredients. Place the other sheet of pastry on top. Crimp the edges with a fork. Beat together the egg yolk and water and brush the top. With a sharp knife, make slits across the top. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes.

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