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Breakfast Pizza

Tired of the same old frozen, take-n-bake, or carry out pizza?  If you love breakfast and pizza try this homemade variation?

That’s right.  I said breakfast and pizza in the same sentence.  In our area there’s a couple places that make a really good breakfast pizza. It got me wondering if I could make my own.  Through a little bit of trial and error…  turns out I can!

Breakfast Pizza

Rather than give you an exact recipe I’ll share with you a concept.

First, you start with a pizza crust.  It can be a pre-made crust.  I like to use 2 of the the Betty Crocker mixes.  The kind you mix with hot water and let rise for a couple of minutes.

I press it into our rectangular Pampered Chef stone bar pan and bake until it gets lightly brown in a few places.

Once you have your crust it’s time for the the cheese sauce. You could use something like Cheez Whiz, melted Velveeta, or Ragu Cheddar cheese sauce.  I’ve tried them all and they all  taste great.

Ragu Cheese Sauce

Then you can top it with all your breakfast favorites.  In our house we like scrambled eggs, sausage, ham, or bacon, mushrooms, and onions. Hash browns are good too!

Top with some shredded cheese and bake until the cheese is bubbly and starting to turn golden brown.

Breakfast pizza is a favorite of ours and a Christmas tradition.   Yep, we make it every Christmas morning after we open presents.

Ever make your own breakfast pizza?  What’s your favorite topping?

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Fresh Cranberry Relish

If you ask ten different people what their favorite food is for Thanksgiving there’s a good chance you could get ten different answers.

Ask my youngest daughter and you’ll probably get one of two answers.  She’d either say her Grandma’s homemade rolls and strawberry jam or fresh cranberry relish.

I don’t remember having cranberry relish or sauce on Thanksgiving growing up.  If we did I’m betting it came from a can.

Fresh cranberry relish is a staple on Thanksgiving at my in-laws house, and like my daughter, it has become a favorite of mine.  The cool thing is it’s really easy and inexpensive to make.  A couple of bucks and 15 minutes and you’re done.

Here’s the recipe I use, modified slightly from the one you’ll find on Ocean Spray’s website.

Fresh Cranberry Relish

Ingredients:

1 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries (rinsed and drained)

1 Honey Crisp Apple

1 Navel Orange

Sugar

Use a food processor to evenly chop the cranberries. You may need to do it in batches depending on the size of your food processor. Chop until the pieces are about the size of a grain of rice and put into a mixing bowl.

Wash, core, and quarter the apple.  Chop it up in the food processor and then add to the cranberries.

Wash the orange and cut into 6 – 8 pieces removing any seeds.  Next, use the food processor to chop it, peel and all.  Add to the mixing bowl and stir into the apple and cranberries.

Now stir in sugar to taste.  I start with 3/4 cup and add more if needed.

Cover and refrigerate.  It makes 3-4 cups and keeps up to 2 weeks (but you’ll probably eat it all way before then).  You can also freeze it.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?

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Root Beer Pulled Pork

If you’re looking for an easy way to make pulled pork for sandwiches, this is it.  There’s only 4 ingredients, it takes just a few minutes of prep time, and the end result is delicious!

Here’s what you’ll need:

A crock pot

Pork Roast (I like to do 2 at a time.  Usually about 3 pounds a piece.)

A 2 Liter bottle of root beer

1 package dry onion soup mix

1 or 2 bottles of your favorite BBQ sauce

Here’s what you do:

Put the pork in the crock pot.  Sprinkle with the soup mix and pour in the root beer.  You don’t have to use it all.  In fact, you should save some for root beer floats to have after you enjoy your sandwiches.  

Root Beer Pulled Pork in Crock Pot

Cover and let it go on low for 8 hours or so.

When it’s done cooking drain the liquid and use 2 forks to pull the pork apart.

Now you can choose to put the pork on a bun and top with BBQ sauce… or you can mix the BBQ sauce with the meat in the crock pot. If you choose the later option I’d let it sit on warm for a half hour to get everything heated through.

I prefer to leave the meat “dry” and let everyone choose how much sauce they want.  Plus, I think the meat freezes better when it isn’t pre-sauced.

That’s it!  Pretty easy, huh?

What’s your favorite side to serve with BBQ sandwiches?

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