I have been trying very hard to use up all the food in my refrigerator rather than allowing science experiments to develop.
I had what I call an 'asthma' day today. Asthma days find me breathless after walking down the stairs and running back up them often has me coughing and breathless. A day like this has no trigger that I can see, although, I am starting to think that fluctuating hormones might be the culprit.
You're probably wondering what an 'asthma' day has to do with leftovers!
Well, let's face it, supper has to happen even when I find myself spending the day on the couch. (the silver lining is a guilt free day with a good book!)
Looking in the fridge this afternoon, I noticed a large chunk of pepperoni that was fast approaching it's expiry date. I needed a way to turn that into a quick and easy hot meal.
Pizza made with a baking powder crust was the answer! A yeast crust is lovely, but this quick crust can be made at a moments notice and all kinds of add in spices, herbs or cheese can make it a little different each time. Pizza's a great way to use up leftovers, bits of cheese, peppers, half an onion, leftover chicken. . .
The possibilities are endless!
It's also great for feeding teen aged boys after a rousing game of hockey on an outdoor rink. . .
Here's the recipe for the pizza 'dough' which I got from my mother-in-law. With ten kids to feed it sure came in handy!
2 cups flour
3tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup oil
I often add lots of freshly ground pepper, onion powder (you could use real diced onion) and Parmesan or Asiago cheese.
Stir mixture until a ball forms. Knead a few times then place on pan and roll out. (one recipe makes enough for a thickish crust when you use a pizza pan. If you use a cookie sheet it will be a little thinner.) It can easily be doubled.
Add toppings of your choice and bake at 425 degrees F for 15- 20 minutes.