Minimal cooking skill require
Minimal Prep time
5 out of 5
Summary : This tasty treat is easy, takes little time to prep and make, easy cleanup, and is not expensive.
By Steven Peters — I think it’s safe to say that a majority of people in the US and around the world love pizza. One thing, however, I never thought was that appetizing was the crust. From many different pizza joints I’ve ordered from over the years and the style of pizza from thin crust to thick they all left me feeling a bit jipped because it doesn’t have all the tasty ingredient on, or in it.
For that reason, I hardly ever eat the pizza crust because all the good stuff is further in the dough and it’s gobbled up to leave me with the dreaded leftover pizza crust.
But in my tried and true (well, 90% of the time) ‘throw assorted leftovers in the fridge and see what tastes good’ method, I found this tasty meal that left me gratefully satisfied.
If you don’t eat the pizza crust like me, you know there’s at least a pound of crust just thrown out with each pizza. Hint: don’t through it out! As my Dad always said, “Waste not, want not!”, and the same principle applies here.
So save those leftover crust portions and don’t let anything go to waste.
The key here is to freeze it and then thaw it out until you’re in the mood for a tasty treat that costs pennies.
This may not be the healthiest treat, but for someone who wants to get their money’s worth and use every part of the pizza that I paid for, alas, there is a tasty solution.
I recently bought two pizza’s at Papa John’s Pizza (the best pizza chain I’ve found east side of the Mississippi) and had over two pounds of pizza crust and I wasn’t about to let it go to waste; after all, it’s the same dough they made my mouthwatering pizzas from!
Prep time: 5 mins.
Cook time: 20 mins.
Cooking skill: easy
This recipe is a meat-free option. If you’d like to go full vegan, you can substitute the cheese with Daiya Swiss (alternative) Cheese. It’s the best I’ve tasted and melts just like the real deal! You can also substitute the butter for olive oil if you prefer.
- 1 pound of pizza crust
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese (I prefer freshly grated)
- 1 Tablespoon of basil
- 1/8 cup flat leaf parsley
- 1 heaping Tablespoon of minced garlic
- 2 Tablespoons of grass-fed butter
- 1 teaspoon of Pink Hymalian Salt
- 4 ounces of your favorite marinara sauce
- Take the pizza crust out of the freezer and out of the freezer container.
- Cut the pizza crust into 2-3″ strips.
- Melt the butter in a large bowl in a microwave oven.
- Put all of the ingredients except the marinara sauce and cheese into the mixing bowl.
- Mix ingredients making sure the butter is sopped up and things look evenly covered.
- Place the ingredients in the bowl on a large baking pan (line with aluminum foil to save time on cleanup) and spread out the crust leaving about a half inch between each piece.
- Spread a moderately thick layer of the mozzarella cheese over the pizza crust strips.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
- While it’s baking, heat the marinara sauce in a microwave covered bowl to your desired temperature.
After 20 minutes, take it out of the oven and using tongs or spatula place into a serving plate, sprinkle parsley evenly over it and it’s ready to serve. Dip them in the marinara sauce and enjoy!
If you have any pizza crust leftover recipes you’d like to share, leave them in the comments below. We welcome your input!
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