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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Polka Dot Pizza - Kids in the Kitchen



My Mom let me make Polka Dot Pizza's when I was around 10 or 11 years old.  I felt like such an accomplished cook!  These are easy and fun for kids to make as they learn to navigate the kitchen.  My younger girls are 8 and 10 years old.  They help a lot while I'm cooking but these little pizza's they can make almost by themselves.  I put them in and take them out of the oven.  Younger cooks would enjoy stirring and assembling, and of course kids of ALL ages enjoy eating Polka Dot Pizza! 



Polka Dot Pizza

Crust:

1 small package of biscuit mix (like Jiffy or even Walmart has a small package of mix)
OR - 1 tube of refrigerator biscuits - jumbo would probably work best
OR - 1/2 recipe of bisquick or 1/2 recipe of your biscuit dough

Mix up the biscuit mix as directed.  Divide into 2-3 pieces.   Flatten each piece onto an ungreased cookie sheet until it's about 1/3 inch thick.

Sauce:

1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano

Mix well and spread a few spoonfuls of sauce onto the crust you have ready on the cookie sheet.   Spread sauce close to the edge but not so close that it will run off onto the cookie sheet. (this burns the tomato sauce and makes your pizza stick to the pan)


Toppings:

cold hotdogs - sliced about 1/4 inch thick
olives, sliced
shredded cheese, cheddar or mozzarella

Arrange sliced hotdogs and olives on pizza's, sprinkle cheese on top being careful to not let cheese fall onto the cookie sheet. (burned cheese is hard to clean off!)

Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes or until cheese is browned and bubbly.

Joy's Note:  I always have pizza sauce left over from this.  If you do, and you'd like to save it, try freezing it in an ice cube tray and then keeping in the freezer in a freezer bag.  Easy to thaw when you're ready for just a little bit of sauce!




The girls with their Polka Dot Pizza's.  They can't wait to eat them! 



Wes didn't help until time to eat, but he wanted his picture taken too!

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