September 11, 2012

Lazy Home Cooking: Mattie's Cheesy Flatbread Pizza

This recipe for cheesy flatbread pizza is so simple that a three year-old could make it - and one did! :) My daughter made this pizza all by herself; all I had to do was put it in the oven for her and take it out when it was done.

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"Mattie's Cheesy Pizza" © 2012 Flora R. Powell. All rights reserved.

Start off with a basic flatbread pizza crust. We got ours from Costco but you can find this fairly easily at most grocery stores these days.

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"Basic Flatbread Pizza Crust from Costco" © 2012 Flora R. Powell. All rights reserved.

Place it on a foil-lined cookie sheet and spread your favourite marinara sauce over the top. You can also make your own pizza sauce instead of using store bought.

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"Pizza Prep 1 - Spooning on the Sauce" © 2012 Flora R. Powell.
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Next, sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the sauce until the whole pizza crust is evenly covered. Then place in a 450F broiler for about 5-7 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and browned. It goes without saying that you shouldn't let your child go anywhere near the hot oven for this last part! Let cool slightly, then slice and enjoy!

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"Pizza Prep 2 - Laying on the Cheese" © 2012 Flora R. Powell.
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You can easily jazz up this basic recipe with any toppings you want. Add pepperoni, ham, bacon, chicken, sliced mushrooms, green peppers, roasted red peppers, pineapple, tomatoes or grilled eggplant over the marinara sauce and under the cheese; the list is as limitless as your imagination. You can even switch up the cheese and use feta or a combination of your favourite cheeses.

What I appreciate most about this dish is that it allows my daughter to venture into the kitchen and be involved in meal preparation. It is a bonding experience for both of us. She also gets to start something that is manageable for her, complete the task and see the end product enjoyed by the whole family. It makes her feel incredibly empowered at an age where it might seem that her life is mostly dictated by the adults around her. I could tell from her little skips and hops, and the sunny beam on her face that she was brimming over with joy and pride when we praised her efforts. If you have little ones at home, consider ways to let them work in the kitchen with you. Imagine the love, and the sense of accomplishment, you can cook up together!

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