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Author Notes: My nickname for this is 'Dollar Tree Pizza' because nearly all the ingredients can be found at your local Dollar Tree! I discovered thin crust pizza crusts there one day, found the feta, canned chicken, mushrooms in a glass jar as well as minced garlic, dried oregano, and the cheddar cheese too! The spinach is chopped, and can be found in the freezer section--only the two fresh vegies have to be purchased elsewhere. I tell my friends that the Dollar Tree is not just a junk food type of store, but one where, with a little imagination, you can find healthy foods to fix at home. The crust here is thin and holds up well with the creamy garlic sauce. I include two versions of the pizzas here--and both can be made easily--the whole process from making the sauce to bringing the pizzas out of the oven takes less than one hour! Serve with a fresh vegie salad with oil/vinegar herb dressing. —BeijingRose
Creamy Garlic Pizza/Pasta Sauce
- 1 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 2 TBSP butter/magrarine
- 2 TBSP minced garlic
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- 1 chicken bouillon cube
- pinch white pepper & salt
- 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 14 oz bag frozen chopped spinach
- 1 medium jar of mushroom stems & pieces (or fresh mushrooms if you have them)
- 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/4 purple onion, halved, then sliced thin
- 1 14 oz can of white meat chicken
- 4 oz cheddar cheese shredded (for 2nd variation)
- 1/4 green bell pepper, sliced thin
- dried oregano, pepper, salt
- SAUCE: Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan along with the minced garlic. Sautee for 3 minutes over medium heat. Pour cold cream into the pan and follow with the cornstarch, chicken bouillon (crushed), parmesan cheese, salt and white pepper. Stir over medium heat with a whisk until smooth and thickened--add a little water if it thickens too much, but be sure to stir it all in. The consistency should be about that of mayonnaise.. Set aside.
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Since the pizzas are thin crust they won't work well sitting directly on the rack--place them on dark metal pans or a pizza stone.
- Spread half the garlic cream sauce on the pizzas. Squeeze out the thawed spinach and sprinkle over the pizzas, then sprinkle the chicken pieces over both pizzas (break the pieces up with your fingers). Drain and squeeze the liquid from the mushrooms and distribute pieces over both pizzas. On one pizza add the shredded cheddar and green pepper slices. On the other pizza add the crumbled feta and the purple onion slices.
- Sprinkle both pizzas with oregano,salt and pepper, then slide into the oven for 14 minutes. Use a pizza cutter to cut 6 slices, and serve with fresh salad. NOTE: you can also cut the pizzas into square slices and serve as hor d'oeuvres.
- Variation: Use the same white sauce, but pick up a pack of Pepperoni, usually by Hormel, at the Dollar Tree, and add green bell pepper slices, purple onion, mushrooms and Mozzarella cheese (also from the Dollar Tree!)--Photo included!