Friday, September 10, 2010

Pizzadillas


While I am not known for my homemade pizza (second shift police work wreaks havoc on any sort of normal, traditional "family pizza night" every Friday!), I am always up for a yummy creative twist on pizza.  Pizzadillas are such a fun twist!!!  I love how these are infused with garlic, and loaded with fresh veggies!  I have lost count on the number of times that I have made these--so easy, and so delicious!

Pizzadillas
adapted from Casual Cooking by The Pampered Chef

1 pkg. shredded Italian cheese blend, or mozzarella cheese
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 cup tomato, seeded and diced
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh vegetables--green bell pepper, black olives, mushrooms, green onions, diced red onions  (Be creative--use your favorite toppings!!)
1 tbl. fresh parsley, chopped
4 (9-inch) flour tortillas
30 slices of pepperoni
1/2 cup marinara sauce, warmed

Directions:
In a small mixing bowl, combine cheese, oregano, and garlic.

Chop vegetables.

To assemble pizzadillas, place 1 tortilla in a grill pan, sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the cheese mixture.  Lay pepperoni slices on top of cheese.  Top with your desired toppings, and sprinkle a bit more cheese over the vegetables.  Place second tortilla.  Heat grill pan and cook 3-5 minutes on each side, until grill marks on bottom are dark golden brown and tortilla is crispy.  Carefully flip (I often will use a lunch plate, place it on top, flip, and then slide the pizzadilla back into the grill pan).  Repeat with second pizzadilla.  Once done, remove pizzadillas to a cutting board.  Using a pizza cutter, cut each pizzadilla into 4-8 wedges.  Serve with warm marinara sauce.

*I submitted this fun & easy meal to Mom's Crazy Cooking link party--hop on over to join the fun!

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