Tuesday, August 23, 2011

chicago style pizza pot pie

this past march david and i celebrated our second wedding anniversary in chicago. it was a fantastic trip, loaded with lots of shopping and LOTS of eating. the best thing we ate on our trip was pizza pot pie. we were stunned when they brought our dish to the table in a bowl, then flipped it onto our plate. after eating every last crumb, we both agreed that we would try to make our own version once we were home. 
and that is what we did. 
and it was a HUGE success!!!!
there is no real recipe for what we did, just a few simple steps which i will share.
all you need is an oven safe bowl and all the ingredients you wish to use.
 start by coating your oven safe bowl with non-stick spray. also get the outside edges of the bowl.
add sliced muenster cheese to the bowl. (this is definitely not a healthy dish.)
prepare your dough, and slice in half to make two pot pies.
add shredded havarti cheese, roasted red peppers and onions, or whatever you would like.
we also added some baby bella mushrooms.
and some italian sausage ;-)
add your pizza sauce on top.
then stretch out your halved dough on the tops of the bowl. stretch over the top and onto the edges.
bake in a 400 degree oven for about 35 minutes or until your dough is browned to your liking. 
when the cooking is complete, your bowls should look like this! nice, huh.
the best way we have found to 'flip' your pot pies on a plate: put your plate on top of the pot pie. pick up your bowl and while still holding the plate of top, flip so that the plate is on the bottom, and the bowl is on top... make sense? use two forks to separate the bowl from the dough.
lift your bowl off and be amazed at your delicious homemade pizza pot pie!!!


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