Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Official Loops recipe: Pizza in a Pot.

Yes, it sounds disgusting. Like something they would make in medieval Italy. And it actually doesn't look that great either - hence, the lack of photos. But this recipe, which comes from Ellen's cookbook "Slow-Cooker Favorites" (2003), is actually better than real Pizza (well, except for maybe the portofino pizza from Tucci's)...and almost as fast as delivery. Perfect for throwing in the crock pot when you'd rather spend your evening knitting:

"Pizza in a Pot"
1 1/2 pounds bulk Italian sausage or ground beef (we use a mixture of both)
1/2 cup thin onion wedges
1 15-oz. can pizza sauce with cheese (I use Newman's marinara - no cheese because we have a dairy allergy in the family)
1 14 1/2 oz. can Italian-style stewed tomatoes
1 4-oz. can sliced mushrooms or one 2 1/4 oz. can sliced olives, drained (I use both)
1 loaf Italian bread
1 8-oz. package shredded pizza cheese (or mozzarella)

In large skillet, brown sausage and/or beef with onion. In 3 1/2 or 4-quart slow cooker combine meat mixture, pizza sauce, undrained stewed tomatoes, mushrooms and/or olives. Cover, cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Bias-slice bread into 1-inch slices. Arrange bread on large baking sheet. Place baking sheet under broiler for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown (I also brush with olive oil prior to broiling, or just bake it). Place bread on plates, spoon meat mixture on top, sprinkle with cheese. Makes 10 servings, or 1 really big serving after a singles tennis match (only kidding, sorta).

Need something to do while your Pizza in a Pot is cooking? If you're on ravelry, check out these free pattern downloads for the Dean Street Hat, Warwick Hat and Haymarket Mittens by Nina Machlin Dayton - all use incredibly soft, hand-dyed in Uruguay Malabrigo Worsted - now available in our online store (and we just got a shipment of new colors!). Here's a pic of Nina's mittens.


- Shelley
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