Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Pizza And A Salad

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  Cammie said it's been a while since we've posted a recipe (since before I got here, in fact) - so how about we give that a go?  We helped Mom with dinner just the other night, so let's talk pizza and a salad, OK?

Mom saw a recipe for BBQ Chicken, Bacon, and Corn Pizza.  It inspired her to make one her own way, so that's what we're going to share with you.

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BBQ Chicken, Bacon, and Corn Pizza

First, make a pizza crust and set that aside.  There are great recipes out there for crust - make whatever one you like!

Next, fry up some bacon.  Mom used about four slices.  Set the bacon on some paper towels to drain, but keep the bacon fat in your pan.

Slice up a nice, big Vidalia onion and put the slices in the frying pan.  Have the heat at about medium high.  While that's going, grab an ear of corn and slice off the kernels.  Once the onions are almost done, throw the corn in the pan.  Let it all sizzle together until the corn starts to get a little roasted-looking and tries to jump out of the pan and land on the floor where Cam and I can get it.

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Almost ready

Mom used left-over BBQ Chicken.  Use whatever you have - this is how she made ours:  throw cleaned boneless chicken breasts in your crockpot.  Make sure you've sprayed the crock with non-stick spray first so you don't use HBO words when it's time to do the dishes.  Add a small bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce or make your own.  Mom opted to let someone named Sweet Baby Ray make hers.  Crock on low for 8-10 hours.  Shred it.  Mmm...

OK.  When the onions and corn are done, remove them from the pan using a slotted spoon and let them drain on paper towels.

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You can blot it a bit, too

Mom said the onion and corn mix is dangerous.  I thought she meant because onions are one of those NONONONO forbidden foods for puppies, but apparently it's because it was all she could do to not grab a fork and dive into them.

OK.  Turn the oven on to about 430 degrees.  Mom likes to use odd temperatures so those numbers don't feel left out.  425 would be OK, too.  Whatever.  Once it's up to temp, throw the crust in there for about 4-5 minutes.  Remove it from the oven.

Spread a bunch of the chicken on your pizza crust, then top with the onion/corn mixture.  Crumble the bacon up and sprinkle it on top.  Next up:  CHEESE!

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Almost ready for the oven!

Mom used both Mozzarella and Parmesan.  Cheddar would be nice on there, too.  Wait!

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"Aren't you forgetting something, Mom?"
"A-hem."

That's right - the cheese needs to be taste-tested before that pizza goes in the oven!!!  Am I right here?!?  Of course I am.  Thankfully, Cam and I were there to help.

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"OK, Mom, it's good to go."
"Speaking of going, could you just step out of the kitchen for a minute?"

For some reason, Mom did not choose to leave the kitchen before putting the pizza in the oven.  Go figure.

OH!  And when that oven door opens?  Stand way back.  Keep away, it's HotHotMaggieHot!

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"It's very hot, Mom!"

That'll take a while to bake.  I forget how long.  Maybe 10-15 minutes?  Just keep an eye on it and take it out when it's golden brown.  In the meantime, make a nice salad!  We love this part!  Mom puts different lettuces in, and carrots, and cabbage, and sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds, and teriyaki cashews & almonds, and two of our favorites ...

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"APPLES!!!"

... and ...

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"HOMEGROWN CUKES!!!"

The cucumbers are from the garden of some friends!  They are super yummy!

Once the pizza is nice and golden, toss the salad with your favorite dressing, pour some iced tea, and get ready to slice it up and enjoy!

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DINNER TIME!

Time to get into dinner position!

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"I'm ready."

You never know what might hit the floor.

I hope I did OK on my first cooking tutorial - AND I hope your bipeds give this pizza a try.  Make sure you're around to taste-test the cheese!!!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher 

13 comments:

  1. Mom never cooks so we were just wondering if we could stop by to be assistant chefs at your house? What bus stop is by your house?

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  2. cheese and bacon - two of our favorite ingredients!! and since mom doesn't like onions....maybe we could get in a taste :)

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  3. Funny. We are told we help kitchen work best by playing outside. How are we supposed to closely supervise from out there?

    However, hu-dad was eyeing that pizza and thinking it might get made here.

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  4. that looks totally yummy - we are waiting for our invite to the next pizza party :)

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  5. Drool, drool. Now peeps is thinking to give it a go as we all love pizza but hers suck. She never gets the base right. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  6. My mum makes pizzas too, but strangely enough I never get any for myself. Not even cheese! Poor deprived Teddy.

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  7. Cheese? Chicken? Cucumbers? Corn?
    OMD OMD we are FAINTING Here.

    THAT is a Meal FIT fur a King... or in YOUR CASE... fit fur QUEENS.

    Our mom uses SBR's when not using her home canned kind.

    OMD we are DROOLING

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  8. That looks yummy! Our daddy makes BBQ chicken pizza too. Our mommy doesn't cook anything. :)

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  9. OMD...Mama is drooling so much that she says she just has to "pin" this Maggie...we warned her that it might hurt if she did that, but she insisted!

    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  10. For some reason there is a puddle of drool on the floor and keyboard, and it's not from me. hhehehhehhe MOM is going to make this for sure. CHEEEEEEEESE!
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  11. Maggie - you did an amazing job plus you make a good taste tester!

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  12. yummmmmmmmm - you girls did a sensational job! Did you get to sample the bacon too?

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  13. thank goodness you were there to help assess the freshness of the cheese! Mmmmmmmmmm, cheese! Our favorite!

    Kiki and Nala

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