Monday, January 24, 2011


More years ago than I care to remember, I took my oldest son, Christopher, to a Mother and Child cooking class that was conducted by the cooking school within Dierberg's Markets called "It's a Pizza Party".  I guess he was about nine at the time, and he was also the only boy in a class full of mothers and their giggling young daughters. Recognizing that he might feel uncomfortable about these odds, the instructor put him to work as her assistant, pouring drinks and handing out utensils (duties that he performed with an equal amount of seriousness and enthusiasm), while she demonstrated a variety of kid-friendly pizza recipes. Just the other day I came across the packet of information from that class along with the recipes. I remembered enjoying the Mexican pizza the best, so, as today's host of our monthly craft luncheon, I decided to have pizza for the main course and pizza for dessert. Both were delicious and very well received.  (Not one to leave well enough alone I added a first layer of refried beans combined with chopped onion and a teaspoon of cumin.) Here is my version:

1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 package active dry yeast
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2/3 cup warm water (120 to 130 degrees F)

1 pound ground chuck
1 package taco seasoning 
1 cup water
1 can refried beans
1 small onion, diced
1 teaspoon cumin
2/3 cup taco sauce
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup grated Monterrey Jack cheese
2 cups shredded lettuce
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions

To prepare crust: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Lightly grease a 14" pizza pan; set aside.  Place flour, cornmeal, yeast and salt into the work bowl of a food processor fitted with steel knife blade; pulse to mix.  With machine running, pour oil through feed tube.  Stop machine and add 1/3 cup of warm water; process to combine.  Stop machine and gradually add more water; process to until dough forms into a ball (you may not need all of the water).  Pat dough into prepared pan, spreading to edges.  Bake for 10 minutes.

To prepare topping: In a large skillet over medium heat, cook ground chuck until browned; drain fat. Add taco seasoning and water; cook until water is absorbed.  Empty can of refried beans into a small bowl, stir in diced onion and cumin.  Spread beans over partially baked crust almost to the edge.  Place meat on top of bean mixture, covering entirely.  Spread taco sauce over meat and sprinkle with cheeses.  Bake an additional 20-25 minutes or until cheeses are melted.  Top with lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, and green onions.  Slice into wedges.
Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Come back tomorrow for the dessert recipe, it is equally as good. 

Ready for the oven.
Out of the oven, bubbling hot, it is then topped with shredded lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Ole!

Since it was my husband's birthday I let him do the honor of selecting the winner.

Congratulations to TRACY WOOD. who won the drawing!  Please email me your address and I'll get your issue into the mail to you this week.
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If you didn't win this giveaway, don't despair, there will be more in the offing including baking equipment and blog-related DVDs.

This post is linked to Mouthwatering Mondays.


Tracy's Living Cookbook said...

Thank you Pattie (and to your husband) for the great prize! How fun! I have sincerely enjoyed getting to 'know' you in the blogosphere.... you have a beautiful blog and your pictures are so inspiring! Keep up the great work! ~T

Unknown said...

My family has been making the appetizer pizzas for years, but I love how you turned it into a meal! YUM!

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