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Supreme Pizza Fries

How have I never made this before??  I mean it’s great for a fun & easy Friday night dinner, fabulous on a big tray while hosting a football watching party, or even an awesome way to get your kids in the kitchen cooking with you!  Really, what kid or even adult dislikes pizza or French fries?  Combine the two and it’s a sure fire winner!

Plus, the toppings are endless!  Now here I went the traditional ‘supreme pizza’ route, but what if your favorite pizza is Hawaiian?  Sausage?  Salami and hot peppers?  Pick your poison and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

*If your making your own French fries, make SURE to soak the cut potatoes in a large bowl of cold water in your refridgerator for at least 1-2 hours, if not longer, prior to frying them.  This removes a lot of the starch from the potatoes, resulting in crispier restaurant style fries!

The Starting Lineup

  • 1 pckg frozen (or homemade) french fries
  • Jarred pizza sauce
  • Pepperoni, quartered
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Green bell pepper, sliced
  • White onion, thinly sliced
  • Mushrooms, sliced
  • Black olives, sliced
  • Garlic powder 
  • Crushed red pepper/Parmesan cheese (optional garnish)    

Start this simple recipe by slicing up the veggies, shredding the mozzarella and preheating the deep fryer oil to 350 degrees (or later setting the oven to package temperature if baking the French fries). 

   Set the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.  Spread the sliced bell pepper, onion and mushrooms out evenly on the baking sheet and drizzle with a bit of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt & pepper.  Place the vegetables into the oven for about 10-12 minutes, mixing occasionally.  Remove from oven and set aside…keep the oven on. 

 While the vegetables are roasting, pour about a cup of the pizza sauce into a small pan and bring to a low simmer to warm through. 

 Once the oil (or oven) is ready, begin cooking the French fries.  You want the fries to be on the crunchy side, so I like to double or even triple fry here.  Not burn them of course, but just get them nice and crisp.  Remember, you’ll be pouring on pizza sauce, cheese, etc..soggy fries are no bueno! 

 After the fries have finished cooking, toss with a bit of garlic powder (this really helps with that pizza crust flavor!). 

 Assembly time!!  On a foil lined baking sheet, add that mound of fries.  Next, pour on the warm pizza sauce, the shredded mozzarella, roasted veggies, pepperoni and black olives.  It’s quite the heaping helping here! 

 Pop into the oven on the top rack (now set to broil) and watch closely as the cheese melts to that ooey-gooey pizza cheese consistency!  After just a couple minutes remove and serve up!  Heck, I won’t tell if you even eat straight from the baking sheet! 😉 Serve with a bit of crushed red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese if desired. 

 

Chicken Gyros (w/ baked Greek fries & tzaziki sauce)

The Starting Lineup

Marinade

  • 1 package chicken tenders, or breasts cut into strips
  • 5 Tbsp EVOO, divided (3:2)
  • 3 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper 
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Juice of 1 lemon  

Garnish

Side Dish

In a large ziplock bag, combine all of the marinade ingredients (zip up and give a good shake)..*Remember to just use 3 Tbsp of the extra virgin olive oil.  The remaining 2 Tbsp’s will be for cooking the chicken. 

 Now add the chicken into the bag of Greek flavored marinade.  Again, zip tight and place the filled bag into a large bowl, etc to catch any possible mishaps (you do NOT want this bag to accidentally break in the fridge..lots of cleaning!). Place in the refridgerator and let marinate for 1-3 hours (take out of the refridgerator 30 minutes prior to cooking/grilling. 

 In the meantime, do what you please, but I suggest prepping your veggies.  I.e. Slicing the onions, crumbling the feta, preparing your flat bread (unless bought). 

 After time is up, have either your grill ready to go or a hot pan/grill pan…what have you (even baked or broiled).  Cook the chicken until no longer pink, transfer to a plate and let rest for 5 minutes. 

 It’s finally assembly time!  Aka, the BEST time!  Place a few cooked chicken strips onto a warmed flatbread/pita pocket, next add on your desired toppings and serve with a drizzle of tzaziki sauce and a yummy side!  Enjoy! 

 


Easy Tzatziki Sauce

This sauce has an unbelievably bright and fresh taste to it!  That mix of Greek yogurt, fresh lemon juice and cucumber will wake any flavors up!  

I like to serve this sauce alongside gyros and as a dip to my Greek fries..simple and delicious!

The Starting Lineup

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 large cucumber, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 tsp dill, to taste (fresh is best, but dried in a pinch)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp EVOO 
  • Pinch each of kosher salt and fresh ground pepper   

Start this easy Greek staple by rinsing and then cutting your cucumber in half lengthwise *You’re welcome to peel the skin, but I like a bit of bright green and texture to it.  Next, remove all the seeds with a spoon by simple scraping them out.  This part is easy … like the entire recipe actually. 

Finally, finely dice the cucumber (teeny tiny pieces) and place onto a paper towel *This will help absorb the extra water from the vegetable.  I even (literally) squeeze out as much moisture as I can so that the sauce isn’t too thin.  Now, mince the garlic and get the dill and lemon ready. 

 In a small bowl, combine all of the above ingredients and give it a good stir.  Cover the bowl with Saran Wrap and let chill in your refridgerator so that the flavors meld together (about an hour).  Meanwhile you can start dinner… Enjoy! 

 

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