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Leftover Leverage

As you know I have been experiementing with homemade pizzas over the last few months.  I have finally found a dough recipe that we love and I'm really enjoying the perks of making my own pies.  It's a quick and easy dinner idea plus I'm saving a ton of money.  We aren't ordering pizza at all and I have found a great use for leftovers.


You bet!  These days anything and everything can grace the top of your pizzas and I LOVE that I can give leftovers a second life.  You just have to be discerning about the flavor combinations.  

I really wanted to clean out the fridge.  I had the ingredients to make pizza dough and I imposed a rule that I had to use what was in our house and could not run to the store.  (I laugh because after this experiment I stumbled across an article on MSN.com which tackled this very topic... Easy Meals Using Random Food Already in Your Kitchen.)  Here is a list of some of the ingredient contenders to give you an idea of what I had to work with.

NO TOMATO SAUCE!!  That's right... no crushed tomatoes or real tomatoes to make my sauce.

From the garden:
basil (tons of it from the backyard!)

From the fridge/pantry:
1/2 cup pineapple chunks (leftover from a fruit salad)
1/2 red onion
1/2 bulb garlic
1/2 container of pico de gallo
salad dressings:  honey mustard, zesty italian, peppercorn ranch, balsamic, caesar
Condiments: mustards, mayo, hot sauce, BBQ sauce, pepper jam, fruit jams/etc.
1/2 package sun dried tomatoes
vanilla yogurt
baby romaine
a few slices of bacon
cheeses: limited amounts of mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan and cream cheese
1/2 jar peanut butter
1/2 jar almond butter

You might think this was a lost cause.  There was a point when I didn't think there was ANYTHING I could make with this list, especially considering my husband's more selective tastes.  Well, I did make two types of pizzas with the ingredients above.  I started by making simple pestos and the inspiration came from there.

Homemade Sundried Tomato Pesto- www.thecreativeconfectionista.com
Homemade Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
1 cup sun dried tomatoes, rehydrated
1 small clove garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
1 T. fresh Thyme
1 T. fresh basil

Blend in a food processor until ingredients are a smooth paste.  Use immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to one week.

While I was at it, I made basil pesto too. 

Homemade Basil Pesto- www.thecreativeconfectionista.com
Homemade Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto
3 cups basil
5 garlic cloves
1/4 cup olive oil
1T almond butter
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Blend in a food processor until ingredients are a smooth paste.  Use immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to one week.

Both pestos were delicious!  They may not be the purist's recipe, but I used what I had and it served my purposes just fine.  I would make both again.

Once my dough was ready, I set out to make two pies.

Pie #1
BBQ sauce, spread thinly over the dough
red onion, thinly sliced
pineapple, thinly sliced
bacon, cooked and torn into bite sided pieces
cilantro (add after pie is cooked)

Homemade BBQ-Pineapple-Bacon-Onion Pizza- www.thecreativeconfectionista.com
Homemade BBQ-Pineapple-Bacon-Onion Pizza

Pie #2
2 T Zesty Italian dressing, brushed over crust
Sun Dried Tomato pesto, spread thinly over dough

Homemade Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Pizza- www.thecreativeconfectionista.com
Homemade Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Pizza

Bake pies for 8-10 minutes each on a pizza stone in a 500 degree oven.

All I can say is WOW!  Why haven't I been making my own pies for the last 12 years?  I seriously can't wait until the next leftover pizza night!!

photo credits: http://www.myrecipes.com, http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com, http://ciolofoods.com

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