Friday, November 14, 2008
Some friends came over for dinner tonight. It was actually their son's birthday, so I wanted to have a very kid-friendly meal. (LS and L are the cute models in the photos.) The idea was to create personal pizzas. I bought pizza dough from the bakery at Publix (one round, which makes 2 (8-inch) pizzas cost about $2.50). Their dough is very tasty and it saves you rising time with homemade. Just ask for it at the bakery counter. We had a lot of topping options: roasted chicken, bacon, turkey Italian sausage, pesto, tomato sauce, fresh spinach, fresh basil, chopped tomatoes, provolone slices, shredded mozzarella, and fresh mozzarella. Everyone topped his or her dough circle with the desired toppings; the pizzas baked at 450° for 20 minutes. While we waited for the pizzas, we snacked on Layered Mexican Dip and Homemade Tortilla Chips. For dessert, we had Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookie (substitute chocolate chips for the golden raisins) Ice-Cream Sandwiches. This is a great party idea that I'll definitely use again.
Layered Mexican Dip
The one pictured is missing chopped tomatoes on a portion to accommodate one of our dinner guests.
1 can fat-free refried beans
1 (16-oz.) container sour cream
1 package reduced-sodium taco seasoning mix
1 (8-oz.) block colby-Jack cheese, shredded
4 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1. Spread refried beans in an even layer on the bottom of a serving plate. Stir taco seasoning mix into container of sour cream until well blended. Spread over beans. Sprinkle cheese on top of sour cream mixture, and top with chopped tomatoes.