Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Poor Momma's Pizza

I will admit, I'm a cheap momma. We rarely go out to eat and I'm always on the lookout for economical family meals (that my kids will ACTUALLY eat). As I was flipping through The Duggars: 20 and counting! (still excitedly, of course) I spotted this little pizza recipe. I thought it to be extremely clever and dare I say.... CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP!! I usually prefer inexpensive, but cheap is definitely growing on me :) I made this recipe for my kiddies lunch yesterday. I made one per kid not knowing how much they would eat or if they would even eat them. They scarfed these babies down! Brad came in the house and Chase fed him a bite of his. I ended up having to make more for the kids and some for Brad's lunch too. Everyone really liked these. I love the fact these take less than 10 minutes from start to finish. These deserve a big A+!



POOR MOMMA'S PIZZA
sliced bread
spaghetti or pizza sauce (I made my own-the recipe is below)
shredded mozzarella cheese


Pre-heat oven to 450. Place bread on baking sheet. Top bread with sauce and spread to edges. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 5-10 minutes (it took 6 minutes in my oven). Enjoy :)


PIZZA SAUCE
1 can tomato sauce (8 oz)
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp garlic salt


Mix ingredients. IMPORTANT- let set 30 minutes to an hour. This makes the flavors combine and taste amazing.

86 comments:

Norah said...

In all my years I never thought of using bread. I usually make these with english muffins from the discount rack at the grocery store. I like the idea of using bread. Thanks for sharing!

Netts Nook said...

What a great idea and inexpensive to beat. Looks yummy

Kathy said...

I've done the "poor momma pizza" thing making quick pizza on english muffins before. There are times that you're just out of english muffins, but you always have bread!!! I'm cheap, cheap, cheap too - keep sharing your ideas!! :o)

Donnetta said...

What a great idea!! AND CHEAP - my favorite ingredient these days!!

I always am looking for food ideas so now I'm following!!

Stopping by from SITS to say welcome to the SITStahood!!

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

Hey SITSta!

Hey, if everyone loved it, that's a thumbs up to keep on the menu!
I've just started using english muffins when I'm too lazy to make dough. =)

Crystal Lampe said...

I am make little pizzas with cheap can biscuits. The kids love them. I am going to have to try your sauce recipe.

Lynda said...

I used to make these with English Muffins, which I found at Aldi for about 39 cents a package at the time. My kids loved them!Some times, I used French bread slices, but I didn't think of using regular bread. They look yummy!

Tammy said...

I remember back in the '70's that they came out with a special sauce to top bread with and make a pizza...I can't think of the name of it though...but...I've had many a bread slice topped with sauce and cheese as a teen! ;D

Jenn said...

That's pretty neat!! Sliced bread instead of dough. Genious!!!

teresa said...

That's how you do it, my kids would love me forever if I made these, I might make one for myself too! mmmmmm

Christelle said...

I do these sometimes, they're at least as good as the bought pizzas:)

Tamara aka Cheapskate Mom said...

Cuuuuute Blog! Love the header!! Popped in from SITS to say Hola and Welcome to the SITStahood!!

Jaime and Jen DISH said...

AWESOME for the little ones! Great idea!

Jenifer

Rebekah said...

You have some great stuff here! I'll be checking back! Thanks for stopping by and showing some love!! :O)

Karen said...

This would be great for kids... I'll have to tell my daughter about it for her little one!

Kristen said...

This was a staple for me when I was in university. I also use English muffins or pita bread for it

MaryBeth said...

What a great idea, my kids would have loved this. Please come by my blog and enter my new cookbook giveaway!

Delectable Dining said...

What a great, quick lunch. My little man is all about pizza, so we will definitely be trying this!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Looks super easy, love it! I'm always on the look out for quick and easy plus stuff they'll eat! Thanks fo sharing and thanks so much for stopping by :)

Coleen's Recipes said...

I saw these on a post where the mom decorated each one with little hearts cut out of pepperoni.

the ungourmet said...

What a great idea! My kids will love this!

Brittany said...

Genius!

And, a great use for stale bread! I get so tired of grilled cheese sandwiches. :)

RamblingMother said...

I like the recipe but I can buy tomato sauce with oregano, basil and garlic already in it, so is it the same I wonder? Quick bread pizza was always an afterschool snack favorite when I was a kid. We did pizza quick sauce though not homemade. Stopping by from SITS.

GypsyMommy said...

Oh my goodness! I used to make these back in college! I'd forgotten all about them. So yummy!

Missy said...

What a fun easy idea to do for lunch! I'm always looking for easy lunch ideas that are different for the kids. They sometimes get tired of PB&J.


Happy SITS!

Mom of Three said...

You know I make these from time to time for my kids, but I never thought of cutting them into the tiny pieces (or letting it set for 30 mins - they usually just scarf them down!)

Mary-Jane said...

I always have leftover spaghetti sauce. Definately agreat left over idea for me!

Elizabeth said...

Well, gosh, I never thought of that - I mean, I've made English muffin pizza, but I never thought of bread! We are so going to try that for lunch this weekend!

MrsM said...

How creative!

Fruitful Vine2 said...

My sister in law served these and showed me how to do them. I made them quite a few times and it always went down well and like you say cheap is good in this case.

Enjoy your SITS Day in the spotlight.

pk said...

This would have never occured to me, but it makes perfect sense! Great idea.
pk @ room remix

bluecottonmemory said...

I think if my boys saw this, they would wish you were their mom:)

Crystalin Dunn said...

Great idea! Makes me re-evaluate what I can use from the pantry in a pinch. Congrats on your SITS day!

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

Sounds good--I like things that don't take much time! Still, I think just heating up yesterday's pizza in the microwave is more my speed. I am not a cook and don't even have a stove.

I am including a link to your blog though in my Sunday's post, "What's In Your Crockpot?" at www.zemeks.blogspot.com. This is the best cooking blog I've come across!

A Fist Full of Dandelions said...

My roommates and I use to make these! I will have to try them at my house!

Christine said...

I wish I'd had thought of this when my kids were little. How simple and you are right...CHEAP:) You could even add bacon bits or pepperoni as a quick topping.
I'll give it a go sometime...looks like something hubby would dig.

knit1kids4 said...

I love this idea! And so will my son!

cat said...

A family favorite with us.

{leah} said...

I am all over this!!!

{ps. when I make my own sauce, I food process carrots and spinach and throw them in, the red hides them really well {and they don't change the flavor}so they don't know that they are getting extra veggies}

Happy SITS day!

Lindsay Rudolph said...

This is so easy and looks pretty good. It could even be made "lean" by using whole wheat bread and reduced-fat cheese. I know my husband will like this one! Thanks!

Amber@alittlemorecrazythancool said...

Haha! I thought I was the only one who made these! Glad to know I'm not alone!!
Cute blog! Yummy recipes!
Happy SITS day!

Jacky said...

My little sister makes these and loves them! I always just thought it was weird, but maybe I should give it a try...

Happy SITS Day!

Astrid said...

Now there's a clever recipe...it's simple and easy and I bet my girls would LOVE it!

Thanks for sharing!

sandy said...

Ha! I knew I was not the only one who made these! ;0) My hubby thinks I'm nuts!

Kimmy C said...

We've always used english muffins and my kids love them... but I don't make them often because we never have pizza sauce lying around... but we always have tomato sauce, so I am really excited to try your recipe!

Another inexpensive meal that the kiddos LOVE is making your own pig-in-a-blanket. Just roll hotdogs in a crescent roll (Pillsbury or storebrand both work well) and bake until golden brown. The kids like to MAKE them and EAT them! :)

BTW - Happy SITS day.

Joanie M said...

Wish I had this when my kids were little! You know, I should send this link to my daughter away in college. She'd love this!

Visiting from SITS!

Sherri @ Luv a Bargain said...

Oh my gosh...my mom used to make these for us as kids. I completely blocked it out until now. he he! I have GOT to make this.

Christina said...

My mom used to do this on French bread, and you're right... we loved it!

Sounds like a good plan the next time I don't want to cook.

Kari said...

What a simple and easy idea. They look yummy and something my kids could make for themselves.

Mighty M said...

I'm going to have to try that!

Melissa @Simply Mel said...

Great idea! My girls would love these. I'll have to check back to try your recipes. I'm always looking for more ideas. The simpler the better!

withoutadornment said...

Yummy! I haven't had pizza toast in such a long time.

Happy SITS day! :)

Stephanie said...

I had a poor momma! She made these all the time for my dad as a snack when he got home from work on 2nd shift. :-)

Brings back memories! And they WERE good!

Amie Kirk said...

Super great idea!! Cut it into little triangles and my little one wouldn't even know the difference :o)!!

Kim said...

Kudos for slicing it like a pizza--that's what "makes" it. AND, mixing your own sauce, those bottled ones just aren't that great.

Tater Tot Mom said...

I've seen the english muffin ones as well but never bread. That's a great idea. We always have some Texas Toast around for french toast so I think that would make a great "deep dish" type pizza!

The Redhead Riter said...

We've made this pizza so many times. Fun, fun for little children to help create.

Once again, Happy SITS day.

Andi said...

I ate this growing up! Have not thought about that in years. I am not a pizza fan, but for some reason I loved this treat. Thanks for reminding me, I may try it out this weekend for old times sake!

Rook No. 17 said...

Growing up, my dad was the one in my family that inspired the notion that you can make virtually anything into a pizza. We had pizzas on pitas, english muffins, toast, ritz crackers...Fond memories. Your humble pizzas may very well inspire fond lifelong memories in your children. Okay, I saw the thumbnail of the Spaghetti Tacos. Has someone been watching iCarly? I've gotta go check out that post...
Jenn @ rookno17.blogspot.com

lauren said...

when i was kid we used to make pizza bagels in the toaster oven....it worked great, and was super fun to make our own...great money saver!!

AndreaLeigh said...

what a great idea! thanks for sharing.

mellisarock said...

Oh I love love love the Duggar's!! I can't believe they are having # 19!! I made something very similar to this with Grands Biscuits!! Thanks for the great recipes!!

Hoity Toity Baby said...

My mom used to make these for me as a kid! And she'd use english muffins too!

Jennifer Haas said...

Ok, Ok! I have read all three of you featured reciepes and I want to make them all. You are too good!

Happy SITS day, you totally deserve it!!!!

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The Royal Family said...

awesome we do this with biscuit dough... yum thanks for sharing all the receips look yummy

Helene said...

I sometimes make these for my kids but I usually use an english muffin but I can see a simple piece of bread would work just as well, esp after cutting it "pizza style". Very clever!

Jesslyn said...

Hey SITSta! Great idea with the bread! I expect slightly stale bread would make a great crust too. I'll have to try it soon.

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Mary said...

Kids would love this too - and another clever move to slice it like little pieces of pizza, PERFECT! I love the mini pizzas on english muffins - never tried it on regular bread before!

Happy SITS Day my friend!!

La Belle Mere UK said...

Ooooh yummy! I love pizza so am definitely gonna try this!

Happy SITS day!

LBM xxx

Tranquility said...

I'm sure that's a fun treat for the kids to enjoy. I love that it's so quick and uses items that are almost always on hand!

Single Mama NYC said...

I think my kid will actually eat this - thanks!!!

Girly Do Hairstyles said...

We used to do this with hoggie buns growing up--- I had no idea we were poor. LOL- just kidding. It was my all time favorite meal because we put our own together-- it was great! I need to do that with my kids one of these days.

Zeemaid said...

we've done something similar like that in our house too. It's amazing how much better it tastes than those premade mini pizzas.

I absolutely love your ideas. I'm always looking for inexpensive meal ideas that are kid approved. So many of those cookbooks for kids are full of things that my children refuse to eat.

Happy SITS day.

Mimi and Tilly said...

I love this recipe and will be cooking it up a storm this week in my little kitchen. I might even go all out and splash on a little pepperoni! Sending smiles.

Mary said...

Looks yummy. Pizza is a big hit at our house so I'll have to test this out.

Cheryl said...

I like cheap and yummy!!

Controlling My Chaos said...

What a great idea. They're easy enough for the kids to make themselves too.

Joy said...

Brilliant in its simplicity!

Congrats on your SITS day!

shortmama said...

whatever works!!

Mox said...

My son asks for pizza daily...now I can say yes instead of no for the forty-eleventh time. Love it!

Thanks, SITSA!

Kari @ p.s. love.love. said...

Something so simple never would have occurred to me. My daughter will LOVE this! Here from SITS....

Chaotic Kristy said...

I made something like this a few months ago and my family loved it.

I use caned biscuits, peperoni, spaghetti sauce, and shredded cheese placed on pan like mini pizzas and cooked to biscuit directions.

Oh so yummy and cheap.

Michelle (hometc) said...

reminds me of PizzaQuick, pizza sauce that used to come in a jar. You would spread it on english muffins, add a little cheese and toast. I loved that stuff!

InspiredDreamer said...

So I totally love this idea! I had a loaf of 9-grain bread that either needed to be used or frozen, so on my way home tonight I picked up some pizza sauce and mozzarella, and it was fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

Kelly Polizzi said...

Hah, they actually sell these in most bakerys in England (where I'm from originally). Usually they have a slice of tomato on top.

I found your blog yesterday and love it. I've been reading back through all your posts and making notes of all the great recipes to try. I will definitely be following!

Kelly :)

Whitney said...

We've been making these since I was a kid but we cheat and just toast the bread. I love these cheater pizzas.