Homemade pizza is a great weeknight meal which the kids can participate in making. Kids take pride in making things on their own and helping to make the food they will eat is also a great way to get them interested in food and will be likely to eat a larger array of foods. Sometimes it is hard to come home from work and get time in with the kids, dinner made, homework, baths, and bed time routines. Cooking is such a great way to get in one-on-one time with your kids, plus you all have to eat! Plus I think it is really important to involve your kids in preparing the food they eat. They have to learn how to cook anyway and the more you cook together the more you can teach your children how to eat well, while bonding with them.
Flatbread pizza is a great fast weeknight meal. While looking at a baking blog I saw a recipe for flatbread, I will attempt to make it and share it with you. Otherwise just buy some Naan bread from your local grocery store. (Savemart carries it in the bakery).
White Sauce (Or use your favorite pizza or marinara sauce)
1 clove garlic, halved
1/2c. heavy cream (room temp)
1 c. milk (room temp)
1/4 t. salt
1 t. oregano
1/8 t. cayenne pepper
1/4 c. parmesan cheese
Melt butter in a pan and saute the garlic in the butter until fragrant. Whisk in flour and cook about 2 minutes. Slowly pour in cream and milk and whisk, while adding cayenne, salt and oregano. bring to a boil and add the parmesan cheese and whisk. Allow to thicken and boil a few minutes.
Spread the sauce on the flatbread. Top each flatbread with 1 cup of shredded mozzerella cheese.
Add your toppings. My daughter choose “marshrooms” and “salami” (pepperoni). Her two favorites.
I put tomatoes and red onion. My other Favorite is sundried tomatoes and artichokes.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees and cook for 10-15 minutes on the top shelf. I actually have an oven stone so I cooked the pizzas on my stone for 10 minutes (which crisps the bread) and finished them off on the top rack for 5 minutes to finish cooking the toppings.
Alternative: saute a clove of garlic cut in half in olive oil until fragrant. Brush the oil on the bread. Add shredded Fontina cheese, chopped artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes and thinly sliced red onion. (Superb!)