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Maybe you can get cheese where you live. If you can, be thankful.

If you can't, this article is for you. How do you enjoy the comfort of pizza without mozzerella cheese? Here's some ideas.

1) BBQ pizza - Homemade barbecue sauce, chicken or pork, peppers, and onions combine to make a great pizza that is good without cheese. Of course, if you do have some cheese that's even better. :-)

2) Chicken alfredo pizza - Parmesan cheese is easy to send over from the States because it doesn't have to be refridgerated. If you have parmesan, you can make a lovely alfredo sauce. (Most alfredo sauce recipes call for cream. Since we used milk powder, I just mixed it extra-rich and called it cream.) Add carmelized onions, spinach, and chicken to make a pizza your hubby will ask for again!

3) Cheeseburger pizza - if you have Velveeta cheese, cheese powder, or some other form of non-grateable cheese (is that a word?) you can make a thick white sauce and melt the cheese into it. Drizzle it over a pizza crust with marinara sauce, hamburger and onions.

4) Breadsticks with lots of garlic butter and marinara sauce for dipping are great. You'll feel like you had pizza and never miss the cheese!

5) Mexican Pizza - spread refried beans on the crust, sprinkle with taco meat, onions & peppers. If you have cheese (any kind) you can also add it at this point, but it's good without cheese. After baking, add fresh lettuce and salsa. I also like to drizzle with a little ranch dressing or plain yogurt seasoned with garlic & onion powder. So yummy!

 

As I am typing these ideas, I'm counting the number of recipes I could share: pizza crust, breadsticks, bbq sauce, alfredo sauce, white sauce, marinara sauce, refried beans. I can't share all of them in one post! Since pizza crust is the common denominator, I'm going to share that one. :-) Please let me know in the comments what other recipes you'd like to see!

 

Fast and Easy Pizza Crust

  1. In a large bowl or in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, mix the water, honey, oil, yeast and salt. Add the flour gradually until a soft dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. The exact amount of flour will vary so go by the feel of the dough. The dough should be soft and smooth (not leaving a residue on your fingers but not really stiff, either).
  2. Knead the dough for 2-3 minutes (more like 5-6 minutes if kneading by hand).
  3. Let the dough rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Shape the dough into one large or two medium pizzas, spread with sauce and toppings, and bake at 475 or 500 degrees on a lightly greased baking sheet for 8-10 minutes.

 

One more very random fact - I chose pizza as my theme for this week's post in honor of a childhood friend. Her family's Thanksgiving celebration didn't include turkey or potatoes or cranberry sauce . . . their family tradition was homemade pizza. So if you're wondering what to do this year for Thanksgiving with no turkey, you might give it a try! :-)

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