Friday, October 9, 2009

Hot & Bothered Pizza

I love making a good homemade pizza and being able to add all of the toppings I want creating a party in mouth where my tastebuds are the guests of honor. Ok, maybe that was a little extreme, but in any case, a homemade pizza is a great alternative to a night out. Pair it with a nice bottle of Shiner Bock and you have yourself a great evening!

Although I used a crust mix from my local grocer, making your own crust would be spectacular, but store-bought works for me. I substituted a homemade crust for a homemade sauce instead. This sauce is a heated liquid that will clear those stuffy sinuses and cause you to have a few more beers than intended. Stick with it, it's a treat. Be sure to experiment and add your favorite ingredients to make it your own!

Serves 4 (Depending on how thin you make the crust or how large the pizza turns out)


1 can mild diced tomatoes and green chilies (Rotel or store brand works )
1/2 tbs chili puree with garlic sauce (can be found at local grocer)

1. Heat stove to medium
2. Combine tomatoes and chili puree in a sauce pan and stew for about 10 minutes
3. Let cool, then pour into blender until smooth

1 crust
olive oil
1 or 2 Roma tomatoes (they have the best flavor)
1 small onion (red or white)
1 jalopeno (sliced and deseeded)
fresh mozzarella cheese
red pepper flakes

1. Heat oven to 450F
2. Roll and form crust to prepare for toppings
3. Brush crust with olive oil and bake for 4 minutes
4. Add toppings (I start with sauce, then add cheese and follow with the remaining toppings
5. Bake for 10 minutes until cheese is melting
6. Broil for about 3 minutes or until crust and cheese are gooey and golden delish

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