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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Artichoke, Italian Sausage and Goat Cheese Pizza

When push comes to shove and your pocket book is running thin, there is absolutely nothing wrong with turning to your pantry for help. I am a fan of the Food Network show, Chopped where four chefs must make three meals out of bazaar mystery basket ingredients in less that 30 minutes. It is always fun to challenge yourself by cooking with what is on hand instead of hitting the grocery store for exactly what you need. Tonight was one of those nights, fall is in the air, the sky is overcast and I find myself digging out winter coats and hats to walk the dog around the block! Who wants to spend money or leave the house?! Not me! So, as a result I decided to make a pizza with what I had lingering in the deep corners of the refrigerator. Pizza's are a great palate for a dinner on the fly. You're bound to find ingredients around your kitchen that would taste great on a pizza. On hand, I had a frozen whole wheat pizza crust, goat cheese, half a bottle of marinated artichokes, marinara sauce and frozen Italian sausage... perfect. I started by sauteing the sausage in a pan with olive oil and Italian spices including fresh garlic and basil. When the sausage began to brown, I chopped up my artichokes into smaller pieces and sauteed them along with the sausage. The marinara was added to the crust, then the sausage and artichokes, then small bits of the cheese and a little extra seasoning for the top. The pizza baked in less that 10 minutes and wha la, dinner is served :)

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