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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Perfect Pita Pizzas

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Oh, my lovelies! I am so tired. I don't even know if I've ever been this tired (smile but seriously).

Despite exhaustion, I wanted to quickly post my entry into Sweet Artichoke's 'A taste of....Summer Holidays challenge'. The challenge simply entails writing about a vegetarian food or dish that reminds you of the summer holidays. One might even say that this is Sweet Artichoke's way of bidding the wonderful, steamy days of summer farewell for the time being...

My entry is our simple way of making pita pizzas. Yeah, I know everyone knows how to make a pita pizza, okay! But do you know how to make a perfect & quick pita pizza? One where the crust doesn't taste like pita cement or soggy pita swamp bottom? Well, it simply involves proper bake time, my dearies-no witchy tricks or magic;) The result is a quick pizza that doesn't warm the house too very much on a hot summer day!

Here is how I make mine:

Preheat the oven to 375 and pull out a large cookie sheet.

Take your whole grain pita and slather it with pizza sauce, pesto, or whatever you like.

*Quickly sprinkle with fresh garlic and layer with your favorite veggies. Add your favorite organic cheese or cheeses. Place the pita pizzas on your baking sheet and position the sheet on the middle rack of the oven only once it has reached 375 degrees. Bake for 7 minutes and then turn the heat up to 400. Allow to cook for another 2-3 minutes and immediately remove your pizzas from the oven. Slice & Enjoy!
*'Quickly' so that the sauce doesn't penetrate and cause sogginess!



















I am going to bed now. I will see all of you lovelies in the morning;)

59 comments:

  1. Oh my this looks good! The vegetables look so vibrant and happy, they do make me think of summer. And one can never, ever get tired of artichokes.

    Take care, and get some sleep!

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  2. I love making pita pizzas! Your toppings are excellent!

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  3. Hey Stella,

    Just got back from a weekend vacation from the mountains. Looks like I'm just in time for your post too. I am a huge pizza lover! Actually pizzas remind me of my Grandma. When she was too lazy to cook, she would tell me to order pizza and we would enjoy it while watching WWF. Up that's right, I'd enjoy watching wrestling and eating pizza with my Chinese Grandma. God I miss those times.

    Your pizza is definitely much healthier than the ones we used to order. I'd choose your pizza over any delivery any day, they look super delicious! Not to mention, quick and easy. I like mine extra ooey gooey cheesy :-P yumms! Both your pizzas look divine, but the second one has me licking my lips already. Now that's healthy comfort food! Hope you get a good night's rest.

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  4. Stella, that looks so good it makes me almost want to be a vegetarian! It's never occurred to me to use pitas as pizza crust. Great, quick idea!

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  5. love the look of this pizza! looks so rustic and delicious!!

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  6. Thank you for sharing this! I hope you feel more rested in the morning. I too, have been a little out of it lately.
    I love how you layered spinach on your pizza. I saw something similar to that in Whole Foods last week. I wouldn't mind a slice right now..looks too good!

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  7. Great idea to use the pita breads as pizza crust. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Hello my dear Stella!
    Thanks so much for this delicious recipe! I must confess I have never tried to use pita bread for pizza! I am definitely going to try these soon! The sooner, the better, I would say :-)
    Hope the moving went well and that you are happy in your new place :-)

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  9. Wow, this doesn't even look like it's made on a pita. Bravo!
    You'd asked if my pb cups were made in a mold - the foil petit four cups stand up so well to the chocolate coating, no need for a mold. They are really quite easy to make!

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  10. I have to say, I never thought I would see the phrase soggy pita swamp bottom in a post. But I love it! You crack me up.

    These pizzas look awesome.

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  11. Hmm, I bet this would be good with vegan cheese! Vegan pizza is usually quite the production around here because I usually make homemade crust, etc. This is a great idea to make a simple (yet tasty) version. Love it!

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  12. You need a vacation you poor thing :( I have actually never made a pita pizza, Am I the only one? hehe. Thanks for sharing this I love all the toppings and how quick and easy it is. I can't wait to make these for lunch as soon as I pick up some pitas.

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  13. Hope you got some good sleep! And I've never made a pita pizza so your recipe is more than welcome :-)

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  14. Sleep is a good thing! Hope you are well rested! This looks fabulous, Stella! OK, please tell me about pectin. Is it bad for our body? I am just learning about these things!

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  15. My Stellita,

    Your pizza looks heaven-like to me...and I must confess I have never made a pita pizza...I share your feeling of exhaustion...I'm worn out too !!! I need a vacation badly..;the problem is I have just come back from vacation!!!

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  16. Stella. You inspire me! I love this idea. I just learned to make pita bread from scratch. There's only one rise involved so after stirring in the ingredients it's 1 hour before you roll it out! I can't wait to try these. I hope your move was successful.

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  17. What a fantastic way to make a healthy pizza! I just have to get pitas and try this one; thank you; Grat picture. You are just like that bunny that keeps going and going.

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  18. I love how you always give me new ideas, I'm was just planning my saturday menus I need quick meals, for in between soccer and tennis games and my girls love pizzas, perfect for us...yummy post..hope your week is great..and hope your move runs smoothly
    sweetlife

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  19. I love pita pizzas--perfect for when you are exhausted. Yours are definitely a step up from the classic, though!

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  20. I..have never had pita pizza's. Now I feel like I have been missing out on something fantastic. I have used flat bread, but mostly Naan. What a wonderful idea.

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  21. I am such a pizza-holic, but I hardly ever make pita pizzas! Your look excellent, thanks for reminding me about these little gems!

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  22. Oh, you should take a good rest. That's the most important. :) Take care!

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  23. Stella, as always this looks fantastic. What an easy way to make pizza. I am in the same boat with you, tired beyond belief. Pizza makes everything better.

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  24. These pita pizzas are EXCELLENT Stella :) I hope that you're tired 'coz you were having a fun day :)

    I adore your topping - I am going to make these soon - yumm.....

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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  25. I love this kind of pizza but your toppings are sheer genious fabulous...hope you got some rest so you can share some more fabulous idea's!

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  26. I love using pita bread as pizza base because it not as heavy as the pizza dough and I can just buy them off the supermarket. Love the variety of toppings you have here.

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  27. Hopefully you will have some of this delectable pizza left over for your breakfast. GORGEOUS! (sleep tight)
    :)
    Valerie

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  28. Do hope you have taken some good rest and feel refreshed. I know how it's like. I had experienced it many times before. Please take care...good food and good rest. Thanks very much for sharing such a simple, easy and delicious recipe. I would love to try.

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  29. I hope you are feeling a bit less tired by now.
    As always great work ♥

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  30. You always provide such good tips, Stella! I mean, it's quite obvious that 'time is of the essence' to prevent a soggy crust, but there I am, leisurely plopping bits and pieces on my soon-to-be-soggy pizza base. I just need someone to tell me how to do it :)

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  31. You are inspired when tired, Ms Stella! The pizza looks fab and good for me to boot. SOmetimes you want pizza but just can't do the whole crust thing... great alternative!

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  32. I made pizza recently but don't mind having more of yours :)

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  33. Hi Stella... I have a new recipe for you.... made with coconut butter, almond butter and chocolate... freezer fudge! I thought of you... my friend as been making this and..... delicious it is...Here is a link to a recipe post
    http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2010/08/chewy-chocolate-freezer-fudge/

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  34. P.S Do we have to vote for your entry? ♥ megs

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  35. Hi,

    This pita pizza looks so healthy and yummy, thanks for sharing. Hope you get some much needed Z's...and rest!

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  36. Yum.., I could tuck into this little number while your fast asleep dear Stella.

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  37. I love playing around with pizza toppings, especially when I'm piling on the veggies! This looks amazing! Hope you get some rest! ;)

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  38. Stellina...right now, I'm grinning at how you and I think alike. Not, that I don't make my own dough for an extra large amazing pizza...I do mostly get lazy and go to this great quick fix.

    Your ingredients sound so appetizing...I feel like having it for breakfast ;o)

    Hopefully you've got back your energy!

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

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  39. Awwww!!! No pretty red ribbon today?? You poor thing! You really must be tired ;) Still, your pita pizzas look divine and I can so relate to the fatigue. Things have been hectic at our house too :P Hope you get all this business over with soon sweetie and get back to your normal routine :)

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  40. You brave woman...giving us something so delicious when you are down with exhaustion...than you, we Do appreciate it!
    No, I've never had pita pizza and now I'm going to make it, becasue it DOES look quick, and appetizing, delicious...!
    good luck!
    Bisous
    Ronelle

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  41. Those are some good looking pizzas. Bravo for overcoming your exhaustion. Feel better!

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  42. denise @ quickies on the dinner tableOctober 6, 2010 at 7:51 AM

    I just realised Stella that my earlier comment could be easily misread as teasing :P I meant that to me, your red ribbons are your trademark - I love them and how they twirl sinuously through your table settings, and on the odd occasion I come here and don't see them, it kinda gives me a jolt, if you know what I mean :) Now I'm going to check out that video you've just posted...

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  43. Hey Denise, no! I didn't take it as teasing at all. In fact, i was like 'where is my ribbon?' (smile). Plus, you can tease me if you're feeling feisty;)

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  44. Mouthwatering pizzas! A great idea.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  45. Awww when you're tired, you know what you should do? drink it up and party all night long! hehe I mean milk for PJ's party!
    That's a good idea to make pizza from pita bread. Your topping looks so delicious and healthy!

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  46. This looks delicious...I like that you used pita bread, and wow with the toppings :)

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  47. Stella your pizzas are absolutely lovely and soun delicious!! I want one! xx gloria

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  48. They are truly the perfect one! The toppings are making me salivate!

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  49. i love making pita pizzas too...... they look really good.

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  50. guess what i have jusr read, and now have cooking in my oven!!!!!

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  51. I'm sorry to hear you were so tired, but delighted you had time to post this amazing pizza. I am going out for pizza tonight (despite the midwife's orders) and you have my mouth watering! My first carb-attack of the week and I feel good and ready for it!

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  52. This sounds like a great technique, especially if you want something good those busy nights. I hope you are feeling well these days. I'm going through a long spell of lethargy too, which is hopefully coming to an end soon.

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  53. pita for pizza crust. this is for me, cause i'm lazy to make the crust and i don't like the store bought pizza crust.
    the toppings, oh looks yummy!

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  54. Great idea to use the pita as the crust! Makes making pizza SO much easier. Looks so tasty!

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  55. Pizza is my weakness. Since I've cut wheat out almost completely and use almond flour to make my own crusts, these little mini pizzas would work amazing. Almond flour dough just doesn't stretch the same way regular dough does... making this little guys would be a lot less frustrating. I love the idea of making a collection with different toppings too, yours look amazing Stella :)

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  56. I never though of using pitas for a pizza crust. That's a great idea! I am think more of the rice tortillas (gluten-free) for my boys. I love all the veges in your pizza. Looks sooo delicious!

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  57. Artichokes on pita pizza -- sounds yummy. Here are four pita pizza at http://desigrub.com/2010/12/pita-pizzas/ -- would love to hear your comments.

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