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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Dinner Party Series: Turkey-Pineapple Pizza!

Yesterday, we invited our grand-daughters to what I said would be a veddy-veddy formal dinner party at our house. When they asked what was on the menu, I chirped: “Pizza! In turn, they said: “That’s not formal! When I greeted them in sweat pants and running shoes, they again said: “That’s not formal! And so I said: I must wear my evening gown! I’ll change, right away! And arrived at the table wearing a dressing gown over those same sweat pants and running shoes. Which set the mood for pizza, and plenty of it!

This last-minute post presents yet another idea for pizza - one I threw together with a little of this and a little of that. But the idea of serving such a simple meal with a formal table setting appeals to me in the same way that using Limoges china at a picnic table strikes me as lots of fun. When the occasion, the food, and the table-setting are deliberately mismatched, you can expect the mood to be playful.

I’ve included this post as part of my Dinner Party Series because it’s always fun to set a nice table, even if the meal is casual and dessert is a handful of fresh grapes (which it was). The recipe below could just as easily be included in the newly begun Plan-Overs series because it uses turkey - and I have a feeling there’s going to be a lot of that particular bird consumed this week!

And what goes best with turkey? Cranberries! While this blog has several Cranberry recipes indexed under Sauces, here’s an easy little trick: Serve your Cranberry Sauce in the hollow of seeded papaya slices to add color, flavor, and variety to any fall- or winter-themed holiday table. 


Canned Cranberry Sauce looks and tastes every bit as good  
as homemade when it
’s served in slices of seeded papaya 

The coming week’s blogs are devoted to turkey leftovers and what to do with them. But today, on with our Dinner Party, and this Turkey-Pineapple Pizza recipe that highlights turkey’s easy versatility. 

Turkey-Pineapple Pizza:

One 12-in. (30 cm) thin-crust pizza, purchased or homemade
½ c. tomato sauce
½ c. chopped green bell pepper (capsicum”)
¼ c. chopped onion
½ tsp. chili flakes (optional)
1 or 2 large, fresh mushrooms, sliced to equal ¼ c. 
Half a 19-oz. (540 mL) can cubed pineapple, well drained, to equal 1 c.
½ c. chunked turkey
1 c. shredded Mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 400 deg. F. Spread tomato sauce over unbaked pizza crust using back of spoon or spatula. Layer ingredients over unbaked pizza shell in order given. Bake 18-to-20 min. until cheese has melted and crust has browned.


Use a scant amount of tomato sauce ...

Add chopped green bell pepper and onion ...

Layer on sliced mushrooms ...

Pineapple cubes ...

Cubed turkey ... and cheese.

As for our dinner party ...

I added a simple Ham and Green Onion Quiche,
indexed under Main Dish: Quiche

Anticipation …!

And  now … pizza! Served in a dressing gown.

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