Homemade Pizza and Sausage Cups
For those of you who know me well know that....I LOVE PIZZA. Dave says I could it every day and never tire of it. He might be right. ;-) Growing up my brother and I loved making Chef Boyardee Pizza for dinner. I still like them but have opted to using the JIFFY brand pizza crusts. They are easy and cheap. I also use the store brand jar pizza sauce. Yes, I could make my own but I don't. I have never made my own sauce because I'm lazy. My cousin makes a delicious homemade pasta sauce so maybe I should enlist her help in making my own pizza sauce. We'll see what the summer brings to tackle that project. So, I usually "doctor" up the sauce and/or the dough. I sprinkle basil, oregano, rosemary, etc on the crust and prebake it. Then I add the sauce along with the toppings of choice. I usually use hamburger that I have browned with sweet basil, oregano, and garlic and it gets extra flavor this way too. I use whatever cheese is on hand and then grind more herbs on top. We have not had a bad pizza yet!
The sausage cups are an item my mom turned me on to. They are nothing more than browned sausage (I like to use the HOT variety), dried ranch dressing powder mix (I use half of a package to one roll of sausage), and shredded cheese (mozzarella, cheddar, your choice of flavor and amount). You make these in a muffin tin lined with a won ton wrapper . Fill with a couple spoonfuls of the meat mixture and then bake until the edges of the wrapper start to brown. Watch carefully or they will burn! Serve these as an appetizer. They also freeze well. I will unthaw what I need and just warm them in the oven before serving.