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Homemade Frozen Pizza

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I realize that with this recipe I’m straying into “semi-homemade” territory by using a store-bought flatbread (nan) as the crust. I’m not about to abandon my philosophy of scratch cooking to become the next Sandra Lee, but there is a method to my madness. I consider this a “stepping stone” recipe, as it uses more homemade ingredients than a microwave pizza from the supermarket, but is still convenient for people who are pressed for time or feel that they aren’t ready to bake their own bread yet. Although it may not seem like it, I do realize that 100% scratch cooking isn’t realistic for most people.
Ingredients
  Naan flatbread 1 Medium (an Indian flatbread)
  Tomato puree 3 Tablespoon (frozen into cubes)
  Oregano 1 Teaspoon
  Dried basil 1 Teaspoon
  Fontina cheese 1 Cup (16 tbs), shredded (1 Ounce)
  Pepperoni slices 6 Small (or any other topping of choice)
Directions

GETTING READY
1.Preheat the oven to 425 Farenheit.

MAKING
2.Thaw the tomato puree cubes in the microwave, heating for 15-second intervals and stirring.
3.In a small bowl, mix the tomato puree with the oregano and basil.
4.Spread the tomato puree mixture over the naan, then top with cheese and pepperoni or other toppings.
5.Place in the oven for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

SERVING
6.Cut into slices and serve.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian American
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Feel: 
Cheesy
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Pizza
Ingredient: 
Fontina Cheese
Interest: 
Quick
Restriction: 
High Fiber, High Protein
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
15 Minutes
Servings: 
1
Story
I do sometimes make my own pizza crust, but I still have this recipe in my repertoire. The reason is that I can keep almost all the necessary ingredients in my freezer (even the sauce, as you’ll see), and if I need dinner in a pinch, those ingredients can come out of the freezer and become a hot pizza literally 10 minutes later. Sure, it’s longer than the time it takes to microwave a store-bought pizza, but 10 minutes isn’t bad at all. This recipe was inspired by a recipe for “Naan Pizza” in the book Forever Summer (aka Nigella Fresh) by Nigella Lawson. When I first tried her recipe several years ago, I was surprised to see that the sauce was nothing more than tomato puree. At that point, I hadn’t considered using anything other than the cans labeled “pizza sauce” at the store. The idea of just using tomatoes, and adding your own seasonings, was completely new to me, but I discovered that it was cheaper and tasted just as good. Ever since then, I have used this same sauce recipe for other pizzas too. Because the nan flatbread is just the right size for a pizza-for-one, it works great for casual entertaining. Once we had a group of friends over for dinner and a movie, and I used this recipe. I put out the nan, tomato puree, assorted shredded cheeses and other toppings, and let everyone assemble their own pizza, which I then baked in the oven. Everyone enjoyed it.

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