Kind of a Reuben Sauerkraut and Swiss Pizza


We made it ! FRIDAY!!! Fridays always make me think about Steve Urkel, you know, the geeky guy from the show Family Matters who's catch phrase was "Did I do that?.  Weird, I know, but when I was a kid, Fridays meant TGIF on abc (the Tv show line up) It was something I looked forward to all week.  Get out of school, go home, have dinner (usually pizza) and spend the night in front of the Tv. And honestly, not mush has changed. We still keep Fridays the same. Work, Pizza, and Tv.. Just now its not Family Matters and Urkel, but Netflix binge watching and me making the mister a fancy ass pizza. But if Family Matters makes it to Netflix… I will for sure be watching that!

 So anyways, This particular pizza was inspired by a small batch of kohlrabi and red cabbage sauerkraut I made, plus a block of swiss cheese that I found hidden in the back if the fridge. I guess it was meant to be.  The mister was much into this concoction… like I will be making this again and maybe again after that. Its kind of like a reuben, but without the corn beef, which you could totally add if you wanted, or the mayo and ketchup dressing, which you could swap in instead of the mustard sauce.  You can even make it vegan if you use vegan cheese. Do what ever you need to do here cause hey, its your pizza to eat.


The stuff. Pizza dough, stone ground mustard, shredded swiss cheese, kraut, and caraway seeds. 


The dough is rolled out and smeared with the mustard. (The mister said I could have added more)


Top that with the kraut


Cheese goes next and a good sprinkle of caraway seeds too.  Now stick that lovely into the oven.


And after 15 minutes, this is what you get… Bubbly, cheesy, crusty pizza.  


And it's for real one of the prettiest pizzas that I ever have made.  Slice and serve…. and eat in front of the TV.



Kind of a Reuben Sauerkraut and Swiss Pizza

This is the stuff you will need..adjust the amounts to you liking 

  • Pizza dough (this doughor store bought)
  • 1/4 cup Stone Ground Mustard
  • 1 cup Cabbage and Kohlrabi Sauerkraut ( or just regular sauerkraut)
  • 1 cup Swiss Cheese (Use vegan cheese to make this pizza is vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds

Preheat oven to 450

Roll out the pizza dough to desired thickness and place on skillet or baking sheet. Smear with mustard, then layer the sauerkraut then cheese, and sprinkle with caraway seeds. Place into oven to cook for about 15 minutes. Pizza is done when dough s cooked and cheese is all nice and bubbly. 

Remove from oven, let cool for a minute, cut into slices, and eat. 

Skillet Crust and Pesto Chickpea Pizza


 It's Friday!!! And what does that mean? Pizza Pizza!!!!But not just Fridays…pizza happens more times then not in our house…It's the misters favorite food and for real, he could eat it everyday, all day.…He is kind of made of the stuff. As for me, well I don't mind making it for him because it's easy. And because I am making it, it doesn't have 8 million calories, 9 million grams of fat and have 10 million milligrams of sodium like takeout of frozen.  My pizzas are for the most part pretty freaking heathy. It really depends on how its topped. Like take this one.. Homemade pesto, good quaility cheese, (you can use vegan or low fat) chickpeas and tomatoes. Not to shabby. And really, it isn't any more complicated then calling the take-out place or unwrapping the frozen plastic disk from the box. All you need is some good dough (I guess you could use store bought) and some good quality toppings… and you're there…Pizza in your face.

For this pizza I used the skillet cooking method. This crust is one of  the misters favorites. It is a basic pizza dough but cooked on the stove in a skillet. It's almost like a pita bread, but not. And I like to make it this way because its really fast (once the dough is made) and I can even make up a few crusts to have on hand for later.

Fast, healthy, and tasty…..Why not eat pizza every day? 


Not too many ingredients here. 3 cups of all purpose flour or 2 cups all purpose and 1 cup white whole wheat. A teaspoon salt, a teaspoon honey (use sugar if vegan), yeast and warm water… 

Start with the dough.  Add honey or sugar to yeast and warm water and let sit to active, which should take about 5 minutes.

 Mix together the salt and flour(s) and add the foamy yeast mixture. Mix until it all comes together and dump out onto a floured surface. (if the dough seems to dry add a splash of water..if way to wet, add a little flour) Give the dough a good 2-3 minute knead session, adding flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking. Form a nice ball, place back into bowl and drizzle with oil. Cover bowl with a towel and stick in warm place to rise for about an hour or until it has doubled in size.


When dough has doubled, dump back onto a floured surface and divide into 4 equal sized balls (or as many balls at whatever size you want)

Now you have a few choices here. You can either cook up all the dough now if you need it, or freeze dough balls for future use. If you think you are going to make pizza again within the next few days, it can be refrigerated, or you could also blind bake the dough and freeze or fridragerate that and have pre baked crusts all ready to go. So many options… just do whatever works for you. 


To make the dough in a skillet, oil the bottom of a 15 inch skillet, turn burner on to high and let preheat until the oil is sizzling. Roll dough out to roughly the size of the skillet and when it has preheated, place dough on in there and let cook for about 3-5 minutes, or until the dough starts to bubble and the bottom has started to brown. Turn burner down to medium and flip. Cook this side for another 3-5 minutes.

If you want oven crust, just roll out and place on a baking sheet and bake with topping on at 475 degrees for about 20 minutes


Now the crust is ready for the toppings!!

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. 

Smear the pesto (for this pie, I used the last of my homemade pesto from last summer…sad face) Mince garlic and distribute evenly on top of that. Then do the cheese, followed by the tomato slices and chick peas. Sprinkle with a bit of salt, cracked pepper and some parmesan cheese. 

Stick into oven for 10 or so minutes or until the chesse is nice and bubbly and the crust os crispy and brown.


And that is pizza. A super duper, yummy, healthy, not too fatty or overly salty…  can be eaten breakfast lunch or dinner time, pretty, satisfying, pizza.  

Make it for yourself, for you lover, for a friend. Make it in the shape of a heart or an elephant. Give you kid(s) a ball of dough and have them make their own… I know… such a good idea. 

Everyday, all day.. Happy Friday and Happy Pizza

Stay warm!


Skillet Pizza Dough and Pesto Chickpea Pizza

For the dough ..Makes about four 10 inch pizza doughs or three 12 -14 inch doughs. This is also the same recipe I use for all of my pizzas (skillet and oven)

  • 3 cups of all purpose flour or  2 cups all purpose and 1 cup white whole wheat
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons of yeast or 1 packet
  • 1 teaspoon of honey or sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water

The Pizza Toppings (for a 15 inch crust..adjust amounts to your need or liking)

  • 1/4 cup of pesto
  • 1 large  roma tomato thinly sliced
  • a few cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/1 cup of prepare chick peas.. rinsed and drained
  • 1/2- 3/4 cup of cheddar cheese (or any kind you like..use vegan cheese if you want too)
  • salt, pepper, and parmeasan (optional) to sprinkle on top

To start, place honey, yeast and water into a jar or bowl and let sit to active until mixture starts to foam. Mix together flour and salt into a large bowl and add in yeast mixture. Stir until combined and dump onto a well floured surface. Knead dough for a a few minutes and form into a ball. Place back into bowl, drizzle with oil and top with a towel. Place somewhere warm to rise for an hour, or until dough has doubled in size.

When dough is done rising, dump back onto floured surface and divide into 4-8 equal sized balls.( 4 balls make  15 inch pizza… 8 balls are good for individual size pizzas) Place whatever dough you are not going to use into a closable plastic bag and either stick in fridge(if using within a few days) or freeze for future use.

Place skillet on high heat on stove and drizzle with oil. Also, preheat oven to 450 degrees. Roll out you dough and when the skillet is has gotten really hot, place dough right on in. Let cook for about 3-5 minutes or unit the cough has started to form bubbles and the bottom has started to brown. Turn heat down to low and cook other side for another 3-5 minutes or until browned. 

Now pizzafy it.. Add on the toppings. Smear with pesto, add minced garlic, then evenly sprinkle cheese. Top with the chick peas and the sliced tomatoes. A sprinkle of salt and pepper and a dusting of grated parmesan……Right into the oven for about 10 minutes to melt it all together…..

Pizza Pizza!!!

Polenta Delicata Caramelized Onions and Mushroom Pizza

IMG_5231Wowzers.. What was I thinking! I know, the same thing you are…YES YES YES!!! Gluten free what now.. My lovely sister is on that ban wagon. She has been having"issues" lately(so many, it's hard to pin point) and says she is feeling better without the gluten. Me being the lovely person that I am want to feed my poor sister, make her happy with food.  I HAD to prepare that lady a dinner and it had to be pizza cause I know how much she likes her pizza. So I brain storm. What would be a good gluten-free pizza crust? I could do the obvious and  get gluten-free flour, but to be honest, that's some expensive stuff and I really didn't feel like going to the store. I wanted to work with what I had in the house….and ah ha, there it is,  cornmeal.. With a little bit of water I can turn that into some polenta and a super gluten-free pizza crust.

So in walks polenta(if polenta could walk) What goes good with polenta? Caramelized onions, mushrooms and yes, my last delicate squash.(I am too nice) A nice base of marinara sauce and a bit of parmesan cheese mixed into the crust and sprinkled on top…..a complete work of genius that I was proud to serve to the gluten free lady.

Note. I have to make this clear, just because this pizza is gluten-free doesn't mean that a person that is not gluten-free cannot eat this. Anyone and Everyone should eat this pizza.

IMG_5160 There really isn't a whole lot of ingredients to this pizza… Cornmeal for the polenta. Marinara sauce….I used jarred marinara because it was a little easier and we don't always need to make things from scratch…Lots of onions(2 finely sliced), handful of  sliced mushrooms, thinly sliced squash and parmesan cheese. Most of the prep takes place at the same time, but that's good, we can multi task, just have everything pre chopped and ready to go. First thing first, start the polenta


There are so many different ratios and directions on how to prepare polenta, so if you feel like your way is better, I trust you. What I did for this crust was 1 cup cornmeal to about 2 1/4 cups water. The main thing is the finished product. You want a pasty paste that is spreadable but not overly watery.

Bring the water to a boil and constantly whisk while gradually pouring in the cornmeal. After a minute to two, it should be pretty well incorporated and there shouldn't be to many lumps. Turn the heat down to simmer and stir a lot  until the polenta starts to pull away for the sides of the pot. Really scrap the bottom of the pot so it doesn't burn. Once its done, add in a 1/4 cup of parmesan( if you want to keep it vegan, just don't add it) and salt and pepper.

IMG_5181   IMG_5199        On a well oiled baking sheet or pizza sheet..spread the polenta into the shape of your desire. I went with a somewhat circular shape, but now that I think of it, I wish I had been more creative, like maybe a triangle or even the shape of a bus….Yeah, a bus shaped pizza would have been cool.

This crust needs to be pre baked so stick it in the oven.It should take about 20ish minutes.

IMG_5173 IMG_5190           You can do this pre crust or at the same time, but roast your sliced squash. Place single layers squash on an oiled pan, salt and pepper, then into the oven. It should take 10 minutes on each side.

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You got the crust in, the squash in, now we need to caramelize the onions. You may be thinking that 2 onions is a lot, and it kind of is, but you want a lot. A tiny bit of oil into a skillet and all the onions. medium low heat with a lid, string on occasion. When the onions start to caramelize, add the mushrooms and cook until onions are nice and soft and the mushrooms are no longer raw.  By the time you done with this task…everything should be ready….time to assemble!

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First marinara…then the roasted squash.

IMG_5211 IMG_5217     I Sprinkle a layer of parmesan cheese and pile on those onions and mushrooms,. Sprinkle with a little more cheese.  ( use vegan cheese or no cheese if you want it vegan) Back into the  oven for another 15 minutes to give everything some time to crisp and melt.  IMG_5232Remove from oven and appreciate…That is one good looking pizza. I took  a long spatial and run under the crust just to make sure if wasn't stuck. I also found that if you let it  cool for a few minutes before serving, the polenta gets a little stiffer and easier to handle, but not necessary.

Its time to eat!   And I know that it was a success. This is my gauge for how good it was…I stopped by the next day to drop a xmas tree stand off to her(again, look at how nice I am) and she was eating lunch…the left over pizza. That might not seem like anything to you but to me… She doesn't eat leftovers. Sure, she will stick them in the fridge, but that's where they stay until she tosses into the garbage. The pizza was leftover good….That is good!

Polenta Delicata Caramelized Onions and Mushroom Pizza


  • 1 cup polenta (Cornmeal)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for the pan
  • 2  1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan(omit if making vegan)
  •  1/2 of Marinara sauce
  • 1 small delicata squash
  • 2 medium onions
  • 8-10 mushrooms
  • 2 gloves garlic


Pre heat oven to 425

In a medium saucepan, bring 2¼ cups water to a boil. Whisking constantly, slowly add the cornmeal while constantly whisking. Once full incorporated, turn to low and stir for a few minutes until the polenta starts to thicken and pull away from the sides. Stir in 1/4 cup of parmesan (if using). Salt and pepper to taste. Genously oil a pizza sheet to a cookie sheet and spread the polenta mixture  about a 1/2 thick. Place into oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until crust is a nice golden brown.

While the crust is cooking, place thinly sliced squash on an oiled baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in oven at the same time as crust, flipping squash after 10 minutes. Cook until fork tender, about 20 minutes.

While the crust and squash is baking, caramelize the onions. In a large skillet with a bit of oil. toss in onions and a little salt.  Cook on medium low heat with a  lid, giving them a good stir every now and then. Once onions are nicely cooked down, toss in the mushrooms. Continue to cook unit mushrooms are no longer raw.

Remove crust  and squash from oven and let cool for a minute. Now just pile stuff on. Spread  marinara sauce evenly around crust. Add squash and top with cheese. Dump the onions and mushroom on top and sprinkle with a bit more cheese.(Again, use vegan or no cheese to keep it vegan) Place back into oven for another 20 minutes.

Remove and let cool for a few minutes………..and then eat eat eat!!!

A good side dish for this pizza…a nice light arugula salad. Hey, you could even just toss some greens right on top of this pie, that would be fantastic too!

Enjoy and be awesome!