When it comes to ordering food, we all have our own weaknesses. Some of us probably go for Chinese or Thai food whenever it’s available if we like a little spice. Others may prefer simple diner-style, American food which is guaranteed to be greasy and comfortable. Still, perhaps the reigning king of the simple order-in dinner is the large pizza—and we all have our own favorite versions. There are cheap pizza chains like Domino’s and Little Caesar’s on the one hand; on the other, those who live in places like New York City can take advantage of truly authentic pies.
Regardless of your own preferences, ordering too much pizza can get expensive. Although the convenience is pretty tempting, let’s face it: these costs add up fast, and it’s not like it’s particularly hard to get these same flavors at home. Fortunately, we have a perfectly delicious snack recipe you can make right at home that puts a fun twist on your traditional pizza. Whenever you feel yourself picking up the phone, consider making this tasty treat instead. Are you ready? Let’s get started.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- a loaf of french bread
- hard cheese (sharp cheddar, pecorino, etc)
- fresh dill
Here’s what you do:
1. To begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Get out a cutting board and slice off a few hunks of your salami and mortadella—be sure to get some whole sausage rolls from your local deli so you can have thick chunks in your pizza snacks! Cut the ends off of these rolls and roughly dice your meat into little cubes. Though you can adjust the ratios to your liking, you should ultimately have about one and half cups of meat. Throw this in a large mixing bowl.
2. Next, slice up some tomatoes or cherry tomatoes similarly, first in half and then into little chunks. Use as much or as little as you like, though we recommend about half a cup’s worth. Similarly, grate up the hard cheese or cheese of your choice and add those to the bowl as well. Once again, use your own judgment though we recommend using about as much cheese as meat (if not more).
3. After that, finely chop up some fresh dill and sprinkle it into the mix as well (approximately four tablespoons’ worth). Season everything with pinches of salt and pepper along with a teaspoon or so of paprika. Finally, add in about half a cup of mayonnaise mixed with ketchup and begin to stir everything up until it’s all roughly combined. Don’t use too much of the wet ingredients—just enough for everything to be creamy and holding together.
4. When the mix is ready, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spread out pieces of your sliced french bread on it. Spoon a healthy portion of your pizza mix onto each slice and when you’re ready, pop it in the oven to bake for about five minutes. When the time’s up, check to make sure the cheese is melted and enjoy your pizza snacks!
While this recipe isn’t exactly like real pizza, it provides many of the same flavors and textures using cheap ingredients and a simple recipe. Feel free to keep some extra pizza mix in the fridge along with some extra bread for whenever you get hungry! Finally, this recipe is left intentionally loose because it’s so easy to customize. Add in whatever you like on your favorite pizzas and let us know how it all turns out.
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