December 22, 2015

Whole Wheat Salami Pizza

It's fun to just do a classic every now and then. This recipe is really unremarkable. The only reason I am updating it on the blog is for a general reminder. Sometimes the best dinners are simple and the ones that your kids get to help you make. My 5 year old twins really loved assembling this pizza. And when I say assemble, I really do mean assemble. I bought the whole wheat, pre-made dough, jarred pizza sauce, shredded cheese and toppings. I did get nutty and buy salami slices, instead of pepperoni...but that difference was negligible. However, the assembly part was what put this pizza over the top . Helping mommy in the kitchen and us spending time together doing something fun was where all the magic was in this meal. I will say that the kids swore up and down that this pizza tasted better than any pizza they've ever had. Actually, I agree with them on that point. It did taste better than any other pizza. Not because it was a super-fantastic culinary taste sensation, but because it was made with precious little hands and they lit up like Christmas trees in being tasked with dinner preparation. It was fun to make and fun to watch them delight in something so small. I need to remember to do stuff like that with them more often, that is for sure. We served our pizza with a bagged Ceasars salad kit, and had ice cream with chocolate syrup for dessert. It was one of my top 10 meals of my year.

Whole Wheat Salami Pizza

1 ball of pre-made whole wheat pizza crust
1 package of shredded mozzarella cheese (I think they are 8 oz bags)
1 package of shredded cheddar cheese
1 jar of your favorite pizza sauce
1 package of salami
cooking spray

Follow the directions for the pizza dough printed on the bag. Preheat the oven to whatever degrees. Roll out the dough. Coat a sheet pan with cooking spray and then sprinkle cornmeal on the pan, so the pizza doesn't stick. Make sure your small "assistants" have clean hands that are booger-free. Help your kids maneuver the rolled out dough into the pan. Let them fold the edges over to make the crust. Step away from the pizza. Let your kids do the rest of the work, while you supervise. Let them spread the sauce from the jar with spoons. Let them sprinkle all of the cheese. Let them willy-nilly place salami to and fro over the surface of the pizza. Ignore your anal-rententive urge to rearrange the salami slices to be symmetrical (ok, I may have failed at this step). Bake pizza as directed. When pizza comes out of the oven, let it cool for 5 minutes and then cut it with a pizza wheel into slices (or squares in our case). Sit back and revel in the smiles that your children have while enjoying their creation.

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