Shepherd Pizza Pie

This recipe was handed down by a wise mom who had a witchy idea how to get some healthy food into her kids who, if they had their druthers, would define chowtime as burgers and pizza. Try it before the kids go out for Halloween trick or treating. Guarantee there will be no ghostly boos.

Easy Dinner That Will Become a Family Favorite All Year Round

If meal time is a groan whenever veggies appear on the menu, before striking up the grill and getting ready to flip another burger or to pile everyone in the car for a mad dash to the local pizza parlor (spending bucks that are hard to come by this year) ,why not try to put together this easy, quick, tasty shepherd pizza pie?

Inspiration being the mother of invention, or is it the other way around, save time and money and do what this wise mom did when she went over to the refrigerator and found a packaged pizza crust she kept in reserve, and then dug into the freezer where she rescued a box of frozen spinach, also discovering,in the pantry, a box of instant potatoes. Add to those a pound of chopped meat and shredded cheddar cheese, here are the makings of delicious and kid friendly pizza shepherd pie.

Dinner Made Easy Halloween or Whenever

Below is the recipe for Shepherd’s Pizza Pie, bound to become the family’s favorite quick and easy meal. Get ready for Halloween. The bright orange topping makes it a perfect dish before little tummies fill up with candy.

 

 

Shepherd Pizza Pie

Ingredients

  • refrigerator thin pizza crust 11-oz
  • frozen spinach 9oz box, thawed and drained
  • pure canola oil
  • 2 large white eggs
  • tomato paste 6 oz
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Freshly Chopped Parsley
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 4 cups instant mashed potatoes (as directed on package)p
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground plack pepper

Instructions

  1. Prepare your Californo pizza oven
  2. Grease a 9X13 baking dish with 1 tablespoon oil
  3. Roll out the pizza crust and transfer to the bottom of the baking dish.
  4. Mix the spinach with the beaten eggs, add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper
  5. In a skillet, heat two tablespoons of oil until hot over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and stir until lightly brown. Add ground beef and stir until brown.
  6. Add the tomato paste, oregano, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper.Sti until tomato mixture is blended and add fresh parsley.
  7. Spread the meat mixture over the pizza crust. Add the cup cheese followed by a layer of the spinach mixture. Add another cup of cheese.
  8. Top with mashed potatoes. Brush with one tablespoon of oil.
  9. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and let rest for five minutes. Cut in wedges and serve.

Serves six hungry appetites.

Hint: The shepherd pizza pie is also a great dish to serve up for pot luck suppers. You can make it the day before, but it is best prepared the day you are planning to make dinner.

Tips for Making a Great Homemade Pizza from Scratch

A great pizza is really a matter of preference. Making a great pizza from scratch starts with knowing what flavours and textures you like. Then, keep them in mind in each step of the pizza making process. 

 

Pizza dough ingredients are basic, and toppings are similar. So knowing that, it is really one’s personal preferences that make a pizza taste awesome. Here are some tips:

 

The Pizza Dough Basics

Measurements for ingredients can vary, as can the ingredients themselves. Basically however, pizza dough ingredients are the same and here are some tips for the basics:

  • Basic pizza dough ingredients include: yeast, flour, sugar, salt, hot water and also oil
  • You can add garlic or any favourite herb or spice to the dough
  • Be sure to check that the yeast has not expired
  • Use hot water. Do not use warm water, or boiling water
  • The oil used will alter the flavour. For example, using olive oil will give a different tasting crust, compared to canola oil
  • Kneading the dough is important. It’s not just about mixing the ingredients together, but also about preparing the dough to rise. The dough should be kneaded until entirely smooth
  • The dough will do best if left to rise in a warm spot
  • Cover the dough with a towel
  • The dough should be left to rise for about one hour.

 

Making a Perfect Pizza Crust

Determine how think you want the crust. Some people like a thin crispy crust. Other people prefer a medium crust. And some people like a thick crispy or thick chewy crust. It takes a bit of practice to make a thin crust. Here are some tips to help make the rolling easier:

  • Use parchment paper to roll the dough
  • Roll from the center of the dough outward
  • Hold the rolled out dough and use hands to help stretch the dough thinner
  • For a thin crust, the dough should be thin. But it should not be so thin that it will not hold up the toppings
  • You can place the dough directly on the pan. Alternatively, you can also bake the dough on the parchment paper
  • If not using parchment paper, brush the pan with oil
  • For a crispier crust, brush the bottom of thin crust with oil. If making a thicker crust, also brush the bottom and sides.
  • Bake the pizza in a preheated, but very hot oven. Place the pizza on the bottom rack, so that the crust bakes through in about the same amount of time it takes the cheese to melt. For example, it takes about 10 – 12 minutes at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for a thin crust

 

The pizza sauce used will affect the overall flavour of the pizza. Some people like a bit of sauce, while others like lots of extra pizza sauce. Experiment with flavours. For example, you might like a pesto sauce, or maybe add in barbeque sauce to the basic tomato sauce for a different flavour. Toppings change the overall flavour as well. For example, different brands of salami, when baked, make the pizza taste differently. Finally, if you are using a wood-fired oven, choose your firewood carefully. This is because your choice of firewood can affect the taste of the pizza.

 

When the Pizza is Ready

Once the pizza it is important to let the pizza rest for a few minutes.

  • When the pizza comes out of the oven, release the crust from the pan with a spatula
  • Give the cheese a few minutes to cool down before cutting the pizza. Otherwise, the cheese will slide off
  • A knife will work, but a heavy pizza cutter will cut easily through the melting cheese and crust
  • Parmesan cheese, red chili peppers and even mustard or ketchup can be added to a baked pizza slice for a bit of a different flavour

 

Follow these tips for making a great pizza from scratch. Knowing that a great pizza depends on personal taste preferences will help making a great pizza easier.