Two-Bite Pizza Duo

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One of the things that helps keep me sane with my busy schedule is planning our weekly menu. To some people it seems kind of weird but once you get into the groove of it, I find menu planning to be a lifesaver. We know in advance what we’re going to eat each night so we don’t have to spend 30 minutes each night opening and closing the freezer or pantry trying to decide what to eat.

Fridays are made doubly easy because it’s the same every week. Pizza.

Pizza is the one thing I allow us to have all the time. I’m strange in that I don’t want to be eating repeats during a given month. We might have pasta with tomato sauce twice, but only if I can’t come up with something more creative. At the end of the week, though, I love having pizza as our go-to. I make a bowl of dough when I get off work, prep toppings, and by the time 5 rolls around, we just need to have fun assembling.

But since we have pizza a lot (Fig Pizza, Pizza Friday, Sausage and Onion Pizza, Pest-OH! Pizza), it was a bit hard to come up with a plan for Project Food Blog Round 5: Pizza.

At first I was determined to make pizza cones, something I had tried back in March but didn’t have success with.

Pizza Cones - Day 71/365: Experiments

Unfortunately, no success again. I just couldn’t get the dough pre-cooked enough to not be soggy in the final product.

I moved on, and somehow immediately thought of the leftover barbecue beef in the fridge. Because we bought a side of a cow, we always seem to have a lot of beef around, and a roast sure does make a lot of barbecue. And then of course I thought about all the fresh produce right now – oddly enough we’re still getting summer lovin’ from the eggplant and tomato plants.

Two-Bite Pizza - This two-bite pizza is perfect for appetizers or a light lunch. Or maybe as midnight snacks. Or as breakfast. However you do.

These two-bite pizzas are perfect for appetizers or a light lunch. Or maybe as midnight snacks. Or as breakfast. However you do.

Texas Two-Bite Pizza

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces diced roasted Hatch peppers
  • 1/2 tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 polenta chub, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup leftover barbecue beef, I used the recipe from Simply in Season
  • Crumbled goat cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. In a saucepan, heat peppers until starting to sizzle a little, then stir in flour until all mixed in. Slowly stir in broth. Heat on medium low, stirring occasionally, while preparing the rest.
  3. Spray a large frying pan with nonstick spray and heat over medium. Cook polenta slices for 3-5 minutes on each side, until golden. Remove to a parchment-paper lined cookie sheet.
  4. Spread a small amount of sauce onto each polenta slice, then top with barbecue beef and goat cheese. Pop under broiler for about 3 minutes, until heated through.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 50Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 182mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g

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Two-Bite Pizza - Texas Two-Bite Pizza

Garden Pizzas

1 eggplant, sliced into rounds
2 ounces pesto sauce
1 tomato, diced
Shredded mozzarella

Preheat broiler.
In a dry cast-iron pan (preferably grill pan) sear the eggplant for about 2 minutes on each side. Remove to parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Spread a layer of pesto on each round, then top with chopped tomato and shredded mozzarella.
Put under the broiler until heated through and the cheese is melted, about 3 minutes.

Two-Bite Pizza - Garden Two-Bite Pizza

The tangy goat cheese plays off nicely with the hatch pepper sauce, and I love the meatiness of the eggplant. Plus this pizza combination is perfect to serve to others, because you can please both the carnivores and vegetarians. And no fussy yeast required.

33 Comments

  1. Fabulous little pizza bites Megan. I had too many ideas for this post too hence my little bites. Can you imagine if we got together and had a pizza party? I especially love your beef topping on the corn one!! Good luck – hopefully we care both packing our coolers together!!!!

  2. I’d be all about those garden pizzas. They’d make awesome starters or snacks for guests. I’d probably stack them and eat them as a meal, too.

    Now…let me see if I got this right: you bought a side of beef? Wow.

  3. Menu planning really is helpful isn’t it? I find it especially useful in figuring out hot to use up those items still sitting in the fridge. Nice job with the pizzas and great work with PFB!

  4. beautiful! both of these look just incredible. And I love making them bite sized. The eggplant is a genius base. Nicely done. I voted for you again!

    Best of luck! Hope to see us both in round 6!!! =)

  5. I swear by my weekly menus they are how I get through the week. Our one constant is pizza as well its funny what a comfort is it to have that built in to the menu. Loving that texas pizza !
    You bought a side of cow ? how amazing is that ! That’s what I’m longing to do but in Paris its really only a dream.

    Good Luck !

  6. Yeah Texas! Oh how I miss the BBQ… just isn’t the same out here in SF. Anyway, the combination of polenta/corn grits with BBQ brisket sounds just awesome and I also heart the idea of using eggplant rounds as a pizza base. Good luck!

  7. I like both of these ideas. The hardest part of being just a couple again is the scaling back of cooking quantities. Even a regular pizza dough is huge. This way, one can still have pizza, without all the overeating that my body is not wanting any longer.

    Polenta lends itself to so many possibilities! And the husband loves anything that has anything to do with eggplant.

  8. Growing up with my Mom and two older brothers, Pizza Friday was just as regular as church on Sundays. I’m talking from when I was a toddler all the way until I was a teenager leaving home, so I love and respect your go-to pizza thing. Secondly, I think pizzas at home are about using up those ingredients and leftovers that need to be eaten, not wasted. We vibe on pizza, so you are def getting my vote. Good luck!

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