Cast Iron Skillet BBQ Pizza

This isn’t going to be one of those posts where I share a specific recipe. It’s one where I share a basic recipe idea… and then you can take it from there and get creative in your own kitchen.

To make this BBQ pizza I started with 3 pizza crust mixes. You’re probably familiar with the ones I’m talking about. The kind that come in a pouch where you add 1/2 cup of hot water per mix and then stir them all together.

(How many mixes you use depends on the number/size of the pizzas you’re making and how thick you want the crust. Through trial and error, I determined 3 was perfect number to make a small, medium, and large pizza in our cast iron skillets.)

I followed the direction on the package and let the dough rest while I got the rest of the ingredients ready. This included draining a can of mushroom stems and pieces, thinly slicing an onion, and thawing out some leftover crock-pot root beer pulled pork that we had in the freezer.

I coated each skillet with some leftover bacon grease and then rolled out the pizza dough. Then it was time to assemble our BBQ pizzas.

For the sauce, you can use your favorite BBQ sauce and then top it however you want. I used pork, onions, mushrooms, spinach, and cheddar jack cheese. They baked at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes and turned out great!

Cast Iron Skillet BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza

For toppings you can use whatever leftover BBQ meat you have on hand. BBQ chicken would be really good. I think peppers, jalapenos, and chopped tomatoes would also be good additions.

What would you put on your BBQ pizza?

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

I was in the mood for loaded nachos and after surveying our freezer and pantry realized we had everything we needed to make them… with the exception of one thing. We were lacking a taco seasoning packet.

Not to be discouraged… I decided to try and make my own taco seasoning. It was a first for me and it turned out great! Here’s what I used:

  • 1 Tbsp Mild Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp Cumin
  • 3/4 tsp Paprika
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder

I mixed all the spices in a custard cup and then added it to 1 pound of browned hamburger. Next, 2/3 cup water was stirred in.

This mixture then simmered over medium-high heat until most of the liquid cooked off.

It was perfect for nachos… but would also be great for tacos or quesadillas.

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Review: Love Never Dies At Des Moines Performing Arts

I hesitated when I first got the invite to attend the opening night of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies at Des Moines Performing Arts. It’s the sequel to The Phantom Of The Opera.

I hesitated because I hadn’t seen the original, didn’t know the story, and was only familiar with a few songs from The Phantom that we sang in high school chorus.

Having never seen a bad show at Des Moines Performing Arts I pushed the hesitation aside and planned a date night for my wife and me.   I’m glad I did. We both had a great time!

Love, loss, frustration, and jealousy are all themes touched on in Love Never Dies. They’re packed nicely in this 2.5-hour show set in New York’s Coney Island in the early 1900’s.

The music was as amazing as you’d expect from anything with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s attached to it.  All of the performers were exceptional… but there were two standouts; Rachael Anne Moore in the role of Christine Daae and Jake Heston Miller in the role of the young child, Gustave.

Miller’s voice was flawless and at times almost angelic. This kid has the start to what I’m sure will be an impressive theatre career.

Moore’s soaring, solo performance in the second act is among one of the best I’ve ever seen on the Des Moines Civic Center stage.

Speaking of the stage, I was impressed by the way it was turned into a large turntable like surface. This made for some cool and unique stage movement and seamless scene changes.

There were also some pretty unique and colorful costumes that really added to the performance.

Even though Love Never Dies is the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera it can stand alone on its’ own. Phantom fans will love it… and Phantom newbies can enjoy it too. My wife and I did!

Love Never Dies, part of the Willis Broadway Series at Des Moines Performing Arts runs October 16 through October 21, 2018. You can learn more about the show and get tickets here.

Are you a Phantom fan?

***I was provided with press night tickets for the show to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.***

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