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« on: October 12, 2008 05:33:25 AM »

I know there's another pizza topic but it's about dip... this isn't about dip. Doesn't pizza have enough calories?

Does anyone else make these? The crust turns out perfectly like thin-crust pizza. They are great for kids and adults. The pita is about 150 cals, the sauce is less than 50 cals (unless you use a ton) and the cheese is about 100 cals. Then whatever toppings you put on add minimal cals.

I can't stop making them. Does anyone wanna talk about it? The only tip I have to offer is to brush/spray (yes they have olive oil spray now!) the pita on both sides. And also before baking, if you want to use veggies, saute them for a little bit first. This seals in the water so that when they bake on the pizza, they do not make the crust soggy.

I make mine in the oven preheated to 400-410 degrees, right on the rack, for about 10 minutes. After baking, I let them sit a few minutes so they are easier to cut. Then, since I don't have a pizza wheel cutter thingy, I use a heavy cleaver or very sharp knife to cut them.

If you make your own pizzas--pita or other kind-- share your tips.

Oh and one last thing: I have made pita pizzas with old stale pitas that were way too hard to eat (lol) and they still baked up as perfect pizza crusts. Still better than any Boboli crap from the grocery store, and a million times healthier than delivery or frozen pizza.

My next step is to try and freeze the pizza (before baking) and see if it still comes out good.

« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2008 05:53:49 AM »

i used to do the same sort of thing when i was younger but with french bread. i might have to give this a go as i have some pittas in the cupboard at the moment.
and i dont usually like meat on pizzas, ive mostly been having pizzas with mushroom and onion on, so i always end up using a frozen margherita pizza and chucking the toppings on it myself, but this version sounds a lot better. easier and healthier.
thanks for sharing the tip on the oil and sauteing the veggies  Smiley
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2008 01:34:20 PM »

Ooh, I'm exited to try this. The kids all love pizza and have been dying to make a homemade one this sounds like a great super easy way for them to do just that without all the mess!!
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2008 10:28:47 AM »

I like using both pitas and french bread for pizza bases.  Since I live alone, it's much "safer" to make a personal pizza than a large one!


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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2008 04:47:28 PM »

I like to use flour tortillas, both whole grain and plain. It makes a great, crispy crust.  Grin
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2008 01:37:33 AM »

If you like a 'deep pan' then toasted split English muffins are great - ate these for most of my teenage years. Are great as they are snack size too, so great for portion control!   Also great to use pesto as a base instead of tomato sauce for a different flavour, and I often use barbecue sauce as my base and put diced onion chicken bacon and sweetcorn on top. Oh no, now I need to go make some Cheesy
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2008 09:11:22 PM »

I do it too!  I also put it on English muffins or regular bread.
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2008 08:41:16 PM »

My husband loves these! I found the idea in a grilling cookbook and converted time and temp for the oven.      8 minutes @ 350 degrees.  I want to try them on the grill, i think the pita will be crispier. We have a pizza restaurant in town that makes exotic pizzas.  They print detailed menus in the phone book so i will steal the ideas for home use.

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« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2008 09:43:03 PM »

I second the tortilla thing.  I also sometimes cook it right on a round, flat skillet on the stove instead of the oven- I guess it seems easier to me and the results are ok- just use a little cooking spray.
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« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2008 07:08:42 PM »

it really is my never fail fall back, for times when i have no food or motivation to go to the store, or am broke... haha

i always use whole wheat pita bread [its usually stale and has been in my fridge forev], the kind where the ingredients say "stone ground whole wheat, water" haha
and i will put literally ANYTHING on them... and its always interesting lol. i save the last bit of everything for future pita pizzas [i.e. the last 2 olives in a jar, or a Tbsp of taco meat, anything at all]
i bake them right on the oven rack so they get really crunchy Smiley

another thing i loooove is pita calzones. cut a slit in the top of the pita big enough for a spoon to fit into [make sure it doesnt go all the way through!] then use your finger [or a chopstick, theyre my favorite tool haha] to open up the inside of the pita, then spoon some pizza sauce into it, as much cheese as you want, and the toppings you want, [be careful not to overstuff though], brush it down with olive oil and bake @ 375-400 for 8-10 min
i like to make these, cool them down, and slice into 6 pieces and use in my lunch. theyre really good cold Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2008 03:55:56 PM »

This may sound weird, maybe it's because I'm from the south, but my mom always used biscuit dough and made a dent in the middle with a glass and filled it up with stuff then baked them.  Not very good for you...but so good! Cheesy

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« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2008 03:24:38 PM »

There is a little "hole in the wall" type of pita bakery in my town, and it is run by a Mediterranean family. They make the best pitas in the world! We always try to go early (they close at like 8 in the morning!) and get them hot out of the oven!

I always sprinkle lots of basil(fresh or dried) on the sauce before I put the cheese on. It makes it smell and taste really good.
My favorite type is just basil, sauce, mozzarella, and mushrooms.

Also, I make like a "pan pizza" type thing, where I actually cook the pita pizza on a skillet on the stove. But you absolutely have to coat both sides of the pita with olive oil first for this one though lol

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« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2008 02:37:26 AM »

Smiley I love making my own dough in the bread maker! And my most recent creation was making a chicken satay (just used a jar and 2 chicken breast fillets) and chucked it on the pizza, along with a truckload of pizza cheese... yuuuuuuuummmm

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« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2008 03:04:38 PM »

Yum!  Thanks for posting this thread.  I never think about making pizzas at home and we ended up eating them all week on whole wheat pitas.

Here are some combos we had:

"Traditional" pizza with tomato sauce, bacon, onions and pineapple.
Pesto chicken pizzas topped with a mile high mound of wilted spinach as soon as they came out of the oven.
Artichoke and feta pizza with pesto sauce.
And the OMG so good and so bad pizza was topped with a tomato cream sauce, bacon, onions, and bleu cheese.
« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2008 04:38:42 PM »

I've done the pitas too, they're delicious!  I usually spray mine with olive oil on both sides, lightly salt and pepper.  Then I lay down a fresh basil leaf topped with halved or quartered grape tomatoes and sprinkle of parmesan mmmm!

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« Reply #15 on: November 17, 2008 12:16:00 PM »

I've always had a problem with pitas drying out and being a bit tough...I've never tried olive oil, though, does that help?

I have had crazy amounts of success with French bread from the grocery store bakery, and I make Mexican pizza with tortillas...using "fiesta blend" cheese, salsa, and chicken or beef.  Very yummy.  You can also do two tortillas, and layer beans between them, then top with the pizza stuff.  Equally yummy.

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« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2009 03:21:31 AM »

I didnt read all the post so i dont know if someone metioned this but my best tip is:
Use kitchen scissors to cut pita pizzas if you dont have a pizza cutter. Works great!
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« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2009 02:36:08 PM »

i used naan bread. i've used a garlic naan and a plain.
and tortilla's rock for crispy awesome pizza

my fav pita pizza is alfredo sauce, quick fried green and red peppers and roasted garlic with chedder cheese on top.

pineapple and chicken is good with any sauce.

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