Jul 4, 2012

Tortilla Pizzas à la Q

Assembled (pre-cooking) view of Tortilla Pizzas à la Q
In trying to share with my recently teen aged son some quick and easy food to make in the kitchen (without burning down the place), I used a dish that Elektra Q-Tion exposed me to. Using basic ingredients in the microwave for an easy and quick meal or even snack. Thank you Q!

  • 6" tortillas
  • pizza or spaghetti sauce
  • shredded cheese
  • pepperoni slices/toppings
  • spread 3 TBSP sauce per tortilla (leave 3/8" edge as the "crust" area)
  • spread several pinches of cheese (as much as you want)
  • place 8 pieces of pepperoni (in 4 stacks of 2 like the image above)
  • place on a microwave plate and cook in the microwave (on HIGH) for 30 seconds
  • cut with a butter knife or pizza cutter into 4 pieces
  • 3/8" edge because the cheese will melt and spread into those areas, keeping it on the tortilla instead of the plate
  • Laying the pepperoni that way, makes for easier cutting between them without causing a mess
  • 30 seconds to melt the cheese and heat it all up, but the plate isn't too hot for bare hands to handle
  • Cut into 4 pieces, fold them over on themselves to use a fork or simply use fingers
  • We all have items in our pantry or fridge that can be thrown on the pie. Modify this by what you have. Use the last few TBSP of salsa, tomato soup, or even ketchup in the fridge, and the last 2 or 3 slices of cheese.
  • Quick sauce for 5 or 6 of the pies explained above: 8 ounce can of tomato sauce, Italian mix herbs, simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Make larger pies by using the 10" or 12" tortillas. Add several more seconds to cooking time and enough ingredients to evenly cover the crust.
  • Smaller sized tortillas are easier for younger teens to handle. The easier to handle, the less mess made on the counter top.
  • Use more toppings (browned ground sausage, cooked ham cubes, hot dogs, crisp bacon, tomatoes, cooked veggies, etc.) but play with the cooking time to determine what works.
  • Flour tortillas (white or wheat) but not corn ones because they don't tend to cook "right" for me.
  • Use a plate as the only "key" dish so there are less things requiring washing. Teens DON'T wash dishes.
Easy & quick to make, less expensive than getting frozen pizza snacks, and your teen helps you get rid of the food that would get thrown away. Especially during the late night kitchen raids they mysteriously perform.

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