Pizzas with Kids: from Pretend Soup
The book includes a recipe for homemade dough, but also says you can use 4 unbaked refrigerator rolls or biscuits, and since we were seriously crunched for time, we cheated and bought a can of biscuit dough.*
The directions are to roll the dough into small pizza crusts, spread with tomato sauce, top with three slices each of zucchini and mushroom, sprinkle with Parmesan and top with mozzarella
Then bake until brown on the bottom and bubbly
Here’s how we made the pizzas
The six year old used the pastry brush to ‘paint’ oil on the baking sheet
The 12 year old rolled out each biscuit
The six year old put the rolled out crusts on the baking sheet.
We didn’t have tomato sauce, so I cheated and used, gulp, ketchup. I briefly toyed with smashing up two or three tomatoes from the garden, and that would have been yummy, but I was in a hurry* and wasn’t sure if it would be too soggy or not. The 12 year old squirted a dollop of ketchup on each biscuit round, then the 6 year old spread it with the back of a spoon.
I would have had one of the young chefs grate cheese, but I cheated and bought a bag of pre-grated cheese. It was on sale, and it was convenient*.
I sliced mushrooms, a small zucchini, and two hot dogs (yeah, sorry. They pretty much violate all of Michael Pollans’s food rules, and I only buy them once or twice a year. This happens to be that time of year).
The 6 year old put the toppings on while the 12 year old unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher and finished putting away the groceries from our shopping trip earlier.
We baked them at 350 for about ten minutes.
I liked them fine, but what I preferred was all the leftover sliced toppings on a cheese tortilla sans ketchup.
14 year old- good, but would prefer a different set of toppings than mushrooms or zucchini
12 year old- good, but would prefer more mushrooms and no zucchini
6 year old- good, really liked putting the stuff on them, but would rather eat them without the mushrooms or zucchini
3 year old- no toppings at all
*Convenience: This is what Michael Pollan, father of one teen-aged son, doesn’t understand or acknowledge in his tirades against the evil corporations which make such bad-for-us convenience food, food they wickedly package and process so it can be eaten one handed or prepared in a tenth of the time the corresponding natural product would take to make from scratch. Successful Corporations do not make foods that do not sell. Advertising can only do so much to persuade the public to buy a product, and if Evil Corporate Entity A doesn’t meet the demand for convenience food, Evil Corporation B will step right up to the plate- because Evil, Lazy, Slacker Consumers C-Z are just not going to give up on convenience foods.