“You can’t make everyone happy. You’re not pizza.”
The first time I had pizza was over 60 years ago. Yes, children, at one point my generation lived without iPhones and Netflix and GPS and pizza. Every generation, though, has had imaginary friends. We, however, left childhood and realized that our imaginary friends were imaginary.
But back to pizza. The pizza parlor, as we called it, became a staple of our social life. And pizza, sans parlor, became a staple of the American diet. And I had two potatoes languishing in the fridge and wondered if they could, with a little help, turn into a pizza dish.
2 lonely potatoes, diced into a small dice
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bell pepper, your favorite color, chopped
1/2 cup sliced pepperoni sausage
16 ounces pizza sauce
1 to 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese. I’m into the 3 cup area.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Place the diced potatoes into a greased baking/casserole dish.
In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef with the onion, garlic and bell pepper. Drain the excess fat. Spoon this mixture over the potatoes.
Layer on the pepperoni. Top with the pizza sauce.
Cover the dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Top with the cheese and bake for 10 or more minutes, without the foil, until the cheese gets all melty.
Yes, you could do a Canadian bacon and pineapple creation. Italian sausage anyone? This dish has all the possibilities of regular pizza without the gluten. Life is good!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.