Monday, June 20, 2011

Cheeseburger Pizza ~ Kid-friendly Recipes ~ Fun in the Summer Sun Link-Up

Welcome to the 2nd week of our Fun in the Summer Fun event!  Each Monday until September 7th,  Mama to 4 Blessings along with:

Adventures of Mommydom,
Sweet Diva,
 Harvest Moon By Hand,
and Sweet Phenomena

 will be hosting Fun in the Summer Fun link up events.
Here's the line up:
The 1st Monday of each month: link up your "Kid friendly summer activities"
The 2nd Monday of each month: link up your "Kid friendly summer crafts"
The 3rd Monday of each month: link up your "Kid friendly summer recipes"
The 4th Monday of each month: link up your "How to stay cool in the summer heat"

Cheeseburger Pizza:
Sausage Cheeseburger Pizza (Cooking for Kids - Southern Living at Home Ckbk)
*made this way, it tastes much like a Krystal

1 lb. Bob Evans Original Recipe Roll Sausage (or lean ground beef or turkey)
1 (12 inch) prepared pizza shell
1/2 cup yellow mustard
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup chopped onion
15 dill pickle slices
3/4 cup (3oz.) shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 425. Crumble and cook sausage in medium skillet until browned; drain well on paper towels. Place pizza shell on lightly greased 12" pizza pan on baking sheet. Spread mustard over shell; top with mozzarella cheese, sausage and onion. Place pickle slices evely on top; sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake 12 min. or until crust is cooked through and cheese is bubbly. Cut into thin wedges and serve hot. Refrigerate leftovers.

Makes about 8 servings.

Altered Version(pictured)

I ususally don't use the mozzarella when making it this way and use 8 oz. of cheddar cheese instead. Follow above instructions, using your choice of meat. I chop 1/2 cup onion and cook it with the meat because the kids like it better when the onions are softer - I like it either way. On top of crust (we usually make our own instead of the prepared), spread a layer of ketchup (maybe 1/3- 1/2 cup); I have put it on the pizza sometimes, and other times have served ketchup on the side - the family likes it either way and I haven't decided yet which way I like it best, then a layer of mustard. Add cooked meat, pickles, about 1/2 - 3/4 cup chopped fresh spinach and approx. one tomato, thinly sliced. Top with shredded cheddar cheese. Bake as directed above.

Pizza Dough:
Just in case you want to try making your own, too!  Makes enough for 2 pizzas; we double the above recipe because 1 pizza isn't enough for our family. ; )

1/2 Tbsp. dry yeast
1/8 c. warm water
1 1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
Approx. 5 1/2 cups flour
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/4 cup oil

Dissolve yeast in warm water.  Heat milk to warm (110-115 degrees).  Add sugar, salt, and yeast to milk.  Gradually mix in 2 cups flour.  Add beaten egg and oil.  Mix well, then add remaining flour, until you have a soft dough, kneading well.  Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled.  Punch dough down and let rest for 10 min.  Divide in half and spread each half on a greased and floured 12 in. pizza pan.  Add favorite toppings.  Bake at 400* for 15 minutes; add shredded cheese and bake 5 min more until cheese melts.

Confession:  this was on our menu for last week, but these photos are about 2 yrs. old.  We had a crazy busy week and it got pushed to this week's menu instead.  Bad blogger ~ but look how cute my Ashlyn was! ; )  This is one of her favorite recipes!

rolling out homemade pizza dough:

browning the meat:

about to put it in the oven: 

 yummy =)




Harvest Moon by Hand said...

Yum! This is a definitely a "must try" recipe. My daughters would enjoy making and eating the pizza!

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

Thanks for the great recipe! Looks as if it was fun to create. Happy Monday! ☺

Ticia said...

Why cheddar instead of mozzarella?

Ticia said...

Why cheddar instead of mozzarella?

Jill said...

We use mozzarella when we make a traditional Italian pizza, but for this recipe, we prefer Cheddar - it's typically what we put on our cheeseburgers! =)

Tricia @ SweeterThanSweets said...

Thanks for letting us link up!