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HOMEMADE PIZZA

Homemade Pizza - TSLCFirst of all, let me say I know pizza is not a Southern dish.  Several people have contacted me asking if I would post a recipe. I think some of us have been cooking for such a long time, we forget there are those cooks out there that are just starting out and don’t understand some of the cooking terms we old timers use or how to make recipes we would consider simple after so many years.  My family loves pizza and we are very diversified in the foods we like.  I have people on my site from all over the world and I would hope that most Southerners don’t just eat Southern food.  Diversity is the spice of life!  This is a very simple recipe for pizza crust.  You can add all kinds of toppings and enjoy making the kind of pizza you like for your family.  I am pleased that some of you have contacted me saying my recipes are easy to follow and I have helped in some small way to make anyone a better cook.

Pizza Crust

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1 package active dry yeast (1/4 ounce)

1 cup warm water

Whisk together the flour, salt and sugar.  Add the yeast to the cup of warm water and stir to dissolve.  Mix the yeast into the flour. (I used the dough hook on my mixer to do this. You can do it by hand, too) Turn out onto a floured board and add more flour if needed until you can handle and knead the dough.  Knead dough until smooth and elastic.  Grease a bowl with cooking oil. (I use Canola) and place dough in the bowl turning over once to make sure it is greased on both sides. Cover and let rise in a warm place about 45 minutes. (I cover my bowl with a clean dish towel and place on top of my stove with the light on that is over the stove top) Make sure the stove it not on! It’s o.k. if the oven is on just not the top burners. Dough should double in size. Once the dough rises remove and divide in half. Knead enough on floured surface to get any bubbles out of the dough.   Roll each half into a 12 inch circle and place on a sprayed pizza pan. (If you don’t have a pizza pan you can put on a baking sheet in a rectangle) This make enough dough for 2 twelve-inch pizzas.  If you don’t want to make both, the dough will keep in the refrigerator for about 4 days or you can freeze it to use later.  Once you have your dough rolled out and on the pizza pan bake it for about 8 minutes at 425 degrees before adding toppings.  Remove from oven brush crust with either tomato sauce or pizza sauce,  add your toppings and cook about 15 minutes longer until cheese is melted and crust is brown at 425 degrees. Note:  Meat toppings such as hamburger, sausage, bacon, ham, chicken, etc. should be cooked before adding to pizza.

Pizza Toppings – There are all kinds of toppings. This is a list of just a few you might want to consider

Meats – Sausage, Bacon, Hamburger, Ham, Salami, Pepperoni, Chicken, Turkey, Pork

Non-Meat Toppings – Black olives, red peppers, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, broccoli

Cheeses – Mozzarella, Provolone, Jack, Munster and Feta

You can add the amounts of each item you like to your pizza. I usually use about 1/2 cup of each. Enjoy!

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STUFFED GREEN PEPPERS

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My family loves green peppers.  My twins,  Anne Parker and Leigh Harper, used to eat them right out of the garden when they were little.  I remember taking them into the grocery once when they were about 4 or 5 years old and I bought 3 green peppers to put in some dish.  They were whining and crying and saying, “Is that all you are going to get just 3?”  I usually try to grow a few in the back yard each year and freeze them to use in winter.  I love them stuffed and this is the way I do it.

6 large green peppers or 8 medium, tops removed, seeded (Save the tops to add to stuffing)

1 pound lean ground beef (You could use ground turkey, too)

1 medium onion, chopped

1 teaspoon oregano or Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic (I used the minced garlic that comes in a jar)

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1 (4 ounce) can green chilis, drained

1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drain and save the juice

1/2 cup minute rice (can use regular rice but need to cook it first if you do)

1 (4 ounce) can tomato sauce, Optional (I don’t use this with mine)

Cheese for tops of peppers, about 1/2 cup shredded (I used cheddar, you can use whatever you like)

In a large pot of boiling water, after you have removed the seeds and stems, boil the peppers for five minutes to soften them up.  Remove from water and drain on paper towels.  Brown the hamburger, onion, chopped pepper tops and drain if needed.  Add the oregano, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, salt, garlic, basil, green chilis, drained diced tomatoes and minute rice.  Simmer until rice is tender or about 5 minutes.   Fill your peppers with the hamburger mixture. (If you are using the tomato sauce pour it over the filled peppers. Some people like a lot of tomato taste and use the sauce)  Pour the drained tomato juice that you saved from the diced tomatoes into the bottom of your casserole dish.  Bake peppers in preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Remove and add shredded cheese to top of each pepper.  Return to oven for five more minutes until cheese melts.  This recipe makes 6 to 8 stuffed peppers. I would cut in half if only making four. Enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out these recipes:

Quick and Easy Hamburger Goulash
Old-Fashioned Beef Stew
Slow Cooker Stew Meat and Limas

 

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CHEESY TATER TOT CASSEROLE

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This Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole is a favorite at my house.  Tater tot casserole is so versatile.  You can add different meats and veggies, too.  Men love this dish and it is comfort food at its best. I usually make some cathead biscuits or some Southern fried cornmeal hoecakes to accompany this recipe.

1 pound hamburger
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon celery seed (You could use chopped celery)
Pinch of cayenne or a few drops of hot sauce
1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 cup sour cream
1 (15 1/4 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained (can use fresh or frozen)
2 cups shredded cheese of your choice (I used 1 cup of cheddar and 1 cup of colby and monterey jack)
About 1/2 of a 32 ounce bag of frozen tater tots
 
In a skillet on top of the stove add the hamburger, onion, parsley flakes, garlic powder, celery seed and hot sauce.  Brown until hamburger is done. Drain.  Spread cooked hamburger in the bottom of a 2 quart casserole dish. Mix the cream of mushroom soup and the sour cream together and spread over the hamburger and onions. Next, spread the drained corn over the soup and sprinkle the 2 cups of shredded cheese over the corn.  Lay the tater tots on the top.  Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes until “tots” are nice and brown.  Makes 8 to 10 servings.  Enjoy!
 
Note:  You could do this with sausage or chicken, too. I sometimes add green peppers and mostly use whatever I have on hand.
 
 
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HAMBURGER CREAMED GRAVY OR SOS

Creamed Hamburger GravyThis gravy is wonderful over toast, biscuits, rice, pasta, potatoes and grits!  I love it over mashed potatoes.  Some people make this with chipped or dried beef, too. This was an Army staple, thus the SOS name.  I can remember having this gravy for breakfast over toast when I was a child.  An easy and economical dish.

1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 clove minced garlic
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups milk (I use one 12 ounce can of evaporated milk and enough water to make 2 cups)
 
Brown ground beef, onion and garlic until beef is cooked.  Drain.  Put hamburger back in skillet and add flour, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and milk.  Simmer until gravy thickens.  Makes 6 to 8 servings. Enjoy!
Creamed Hamburger GravyBe sure to check out these gravy recipes, too:
Buttermilk Biscuits and Country Gravy
Chocolate Gravy and Biscuits
Southern Tomato Gravy
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