I am virtually certain that others have tried this before but I decided to post this article for those frenzied mothers who have the unenviable task of trying to work at a job and be mom and home maker at the same time. We all know that most kids are fond of pizza. So we spend small fortunes on carryout pizzas or stuff our freezers with frozen ones that are loaded with all kinds of questionable preservatives. The other day I happened to be in the grocery picking up a few items that we were out of and I found myself standing in the "International" aisle. That is where all of the tasty items from other cultures are offered for sale. As I scanned the items while letting my imagination kind of run wild looking for some new ideas my eyes fell onto the soft flour tortillas.
They were about 10 or so inches in diameter and I thought that would be a perfect size for a snack pizza whereas all of the regular pre-made pizza crusts were much larger. Anyway I passed them by but later came across the little pizza section where they sell the cheeses and other pizza toppings along with the sauces and ready made crusts. I picked up some crushed red peppers and a package of sliced pepperoni along with a jar of pizza sauce. All were generic brands so they were really very inexpensive. However instead of buying the regular pizza crusts I went straight back to the display of soft flour tortillas and bought a package of eight and they were also very inexpensive when compared to the pizza crusts.
When I got home I tried out my idea first thing. I took one of the tortillas and placed it on an ungreased cookie sheet. I ladled on about a half a cup of the pizza sauce, covered that with the sliced pepperoni, and then put some shredded pizza cheese on it that I already had from making previous scratch pizzas. I preheated my oven to 450 degrees and then put it into the oven for a mere ten minutes. It came out crispy and golden brown and tasted wonderful. The whole process from preheating the oven to eating the pizza was only about forty minutes or so and the only clean up was washing the cookie sheet and the spoon used to put the sauce on it. Had I covered the cookie sheet with aluminum foil all I would have had was a spoon to wash.
So this little brain flash ended up providing me with eight little quick and easy mini-pizzas for a total of less than ten dollars total for the tortillas, the sauce, the cheese, and the pepperoni and red pepper. My freezer is not cluttered with bulky frozen pizza boxes and I am not plagued with paying for a delivery or going and picking up a pizza when I want a snack late in the evening or for the grand kids when they get hungry between meals. Of course we do have a pizza place that offers ready made pizzas for five dollars but they are warmed over and not really that tasty to me and then you usually have left overs that are rather unappetizing when warmed up again later so I think that I will keep these tortillas handy. Besides I never know when I may have a desire for a nice chicken quesadilla. LOL Now where did I put those jalapenos?