Monday, October 29, 2007

Flour Tortilla Pizza

'Ricotta,

I love pizza. It's one of the few foods I actually crave. I've eaten pizza across the world (what I had in Italy was, yes, the best), but I've ordered it in Finland, too, and more often than not it's the first thing I want to eat when my plane hits U.S. soil after a trip abroad. I like frozen pizzas (Totino's is my fave - and yes, I know it hardly qualifies as pizza, but it makes me think of college! You know, because it's cheap.) I love Papa John's thin-crust, Pizza Hut's deep dish, and my local Italian eatery's hand-tossed. I even have a soft-spot for Chef Boyardee - even though that one's mostly due to nostalgia.

This love for pizza is really no surprise because I also love bread. I think that's why I love American pizza so much - the crust plays such an important role. But honestly? I can do without that cheese-stuffed ... stuff. I'll keep my cheese on top, thanks. Thin and crispy or thick and chewy - I'm usually in the mood for one of them. But homemade pizza at home? That's not something I'm usually excited about because it means there will be yeast and kneading and waiting involved. (I'm not a particularly patient individual. Ahem.) Fortunately, Food and Paper solved this for me and gave me a fabulous recipe for guests, too! Individual pizzas baked on flour tortillas? Yes! It works! It's quite authentic tasting, too. And did I mention cheap?

These little pizzas were great - and my friends helped put them together, which made them even more fun. The toppings are certainly flexible - and the ricotta mixture goes well with anything you choose. I went with more of those tomatoes out of my dad's garden, fresh slivers of basil, pine nuts and a bit of fresh lemon zest. Simple. Bliss. So tell me, what do you like on your pizza? And don't forget to mention the crust!

For the Pizzas

You can find the recipe for the pizzas here, where there is also a recipe for roasted tomatoes. My recipe for roasted tomatoes is here. Of course, fresh-roasted tomatoes are optional. Live it up! Try something new! And be sure to tell me all about it.

9 comments:

  1. Great idea - to do pizza on tortillas!! I'm a pizza fan, as well, and my husband loves the Totinos pizzas. Our freezer always has some in it.

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  2. Hehe we used to do those all the time when I was little! My mom would put mozzarella cheese and pepperoni on a tortilla for me (I never really liked the sauce) and stick it in the oven, and then voila! Pizza! Yum... now I want some...

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  3. Hey Abby, done that before, it really tastes so good! So easy, in the blink of the eye you have great pizza in oven!

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  4. I must try it, though admittedly, homemade pizza dough is the ONLY yeast-"thing" that I've been able to master. We used to do pizzas on pita bread when I was a kid. And are those pine nuts? If not, try them... pine nuts on pizza (or really anything) are fantastic.

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  5. When my son was small we would do mini-pizzas on English muffins. Sadly, I never met a bread I didn't like. My favorite frozen pizza is California Pizza Kitchen Garlic Chicken. The crust is ever so thin and very crispy and good. I'll have to try this tortilla thing.

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  6. Gotta try these, they look so delicious!

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  7. What a good idea. All of your photographs are amazing. Thank you for visiting my foodblog.

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  8. We do tortilla pizzas all the time and love them. They work great on the grill too if you have that option.

    One thing you can do to help pizza cravings is to prep the dough ahead and freeze it in serving portions. You would just need a half a day to thaw it on the counter. As I like to think, it's no more work to double or triple a recipe than it is to make one batch, and then the rest is easy.

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  9. those sound SO good Abby! Yes, I think I miss pizza crust more than anything in the world! What I like on my pizza... pepporoni, ground beef, lots of cheese, mushrooms, the works baby! LOL I also love a white pizza with a white cheese sauce, basil and garlic! YUM!!! I love this post!! We are all pizza nuts!!

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