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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Ranch Pizza

It's always interesting eating out because you never know what you will find. The experience can serve as a catalyst to creativity in the home kitchen. Other sources like the Food Television Network, magazines and cookbooks can do the same thing. I came across the idea for ranch pizza somewhere along the line. The basic idea stuck in my mind so I set about to recreate what I thought it should be.

Ranch Pizza

Pizza is such a versatile food that can be served as a meal, snack or appetizer. Crust options are as varied as topping offerings. The most common pizza sauce tends to be tomato based. I made this pizza using ranch dressing for different spin. Instead of mozzarella cheese I married the flavours of cheddar and Harvarti with the ranch dressing. The end result got rave reviews!

Ranch Pizza

2 pre-made pizza crusts
1 c ranch dressing
½ c shredded sharp cheddar cheese
¼ c shredded medium cheddar cheese
½ c shredded Harvarti cheese
1 pk spinach, steamed and drained
¼ c chopped onions
¼ c finely sliced green onions
¼ c finely chopped red peppers
1 c cooked turkey, cubed
½ c bacon pieces, cooked

Prepare vegetables and shred cheeses. Rinse and steam spinach. Drain then cut into pieces. Cut bacon into inch pieces then fry until cooked but not too crispy. Drain. Cut turkey. Spred ranch dressing onto pizza crusts. Top evenly with cheeses then toppings. Bake at 400ºF until cheese is melted and bottom of crust is golden brown. Remove from oven. Slice into wedges.


2 food lovers commented:

jayedee said...

you should have an ask gg blog! LOL

here's your first question!

dear gg,
i would like to make my own corned beef for st paddy's day. do you have a recipe to share with me?

signed
erin go braless :-P

Garden Gnome said...

Hmm, an "Ask GG Blog". There's an idea :)

Dear Erin (which ever way you want to go),
I have only made corned beef once using one already corned that came with a seasoning pack. The end result was less than expected. Not to be discouraged, I am going to try corning my own brisket following the recipe at http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Corned-Beef-and-Cabbage/Detail.aspx using Morton's Tender Quick instead of Kosher salt. I won't be doing it for St. Patrick's Day dinner though. Instead, we will be having Irish stew.

GG