Okay, I have something to admit.
It may get a little controversial. There may be some discussion and even
heated debate that erupts. But, here goes.
(uh-hum. clearing throat…working up nerve.)
I have never bought into the theory that “it takes a village to raise a child.”
Nope. Not one single bit.
What I do believe is that it takes a good, solid family.
A family that works together and prays together – and supports each
other no matter what. A family that always has each other’s back.
So when Pillsbury asked me to create a recipe using one of their
biscuit products, and promote a recipe that was quick and easy and
perfect for a busy school night….I thought. I’m the man!
Um…wait. I’m the woman.
My son and daughter-in-law have three beautiful children – ages 7, 3
and 16-months. They have jobs, schedules, non-stop laundry, bills
to pay and homework and book reports and sports and well…
you get the hint. They are the typical All-American family.
That’s where me and Grandpa step in. We don’t rely on the “village”
to help out, we just rely on each other.
For example, Grandpa helps out by meeting Cole at the bus, taking
Miss C to the doctor, or running errands around town.
Since I love to cook, it’s only natural that I help out there with some
weeknight meals that are quick and easy, and can easily be completed
after work when its dinner time. Casseroles are my go-to recipes.
They can be assembled ahead of time, and then popped into the oven
Pillsbury has a great recipe called Grands! Pepperoni Pizza Bake.
With only FOUR ingredients, this fantastic recipe can be whipped up
in under 30 minutes. Because with homework, baths, laying out clothes,
brushing teeth, bedtime stories and saying prayers – who has time to be
spending all night in the kitchen right?
You can take this basic recipe, and add your own twist to it. For example,
my little guys love mushrooms on their pepperoni pizza. I also added five
kinds of cheese…and their fave! Black olives.
My ultimate key to success? My Mama’s iron skillet. This will create a
super crispy outer crust…just like a real pizza fresh out of a wood burning
If this was my pizza, there would be a whopping amount of onions and
green peppers, too. You could also add some cooked Italian sausage.
I can’t wait to try this recipe using ham and pineapple. In fact – these biscuits
could be adapted for almost any casserole. How about a Chicken-Broccoli-
Alfredo version? Yea, that got your attention huh?
About 20 minutes in the oven and out came a bubbling Pepperoni and
Mushroom and Black Olive and Five Cheese Monkey Bread.
The house smelled heavenly while it was cooking. My theory is that
any recipe that makes your mouth water while it’s cooking has got to
A fresh green salad and some extra pizza sauce on the side for dipping,
and you have a complete and nutritious meal.
A glass of milk for the Grands. A glass of wine for mom and dad.
Now that’s what I call the perfect meal!
Pillsbury has put together a little booklet on .pdf that you can download
All of these recipes are perfect for dinner on busy weeknights.
Check out some of the recipes and tell which ones
you like by posting on the Pillsbury Facebook Page.
If you fix this, I’d like to hear back what you think, also.
But, here’s a hint – don’t tell your 3-year old its called Monkey Bread.
Or, they will look at you funny, look at the dish, look at you again
and say, “Grammy, I no like eatin’ monkies.”
- (2) containers of Grands! Biscuits, cut into quarters
- (1) pkg. Pepperoni, rough chopped (reserve out 10 slices for the top)
- (1) pkg. fresh mushrooms, rough chopped (resrve about 10 slices for the top)
- (1) medium can sliced black olives, drained (reserve out about 2 Tbs for the top)
- (2) cups Shredded Cheese
- (2) cups marinara
- (2) Tbs Italian seasonings
- (1) teaspoon chopped garlic
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a casserole or baking dish with cooking spray. Add the cut biscuit quarters to a large bowl, pour the marinara over the quarters and mix well, making sure all pieces are totally covered. This will keep the pieces from sticking together. Next, add the pepperoni, mushrooms and black olives (minus the reserves). Add in 1 1/2 cups of cheese and the Italian Spices and garlic. Mix well using your hands. Pour the biscuit mix into your baking dish or skillet. Add the remainder of the cheese on top, then add the reserved pepperoni, mushrooms and olives. Sprinkle just a dash or two of Italian seasonings on top. Bake for about 20 mins, or until biscuits are done. (all ovens are different and cooking times may vary)
- Serve with extra marina on the side, if wanted. You can also add a 1/2 pound of cooked, drained and crumbled Italian sausage, or any meat and vegetable you like on your pizza.
Check out some of my other Tasty Tuesday Recipes:
Now about that “Village” – if they would like to come over tomorrow
and help me clean my house, that would be perfectly fine.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. The content and opinions expressed here are all my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of General Mills. Compensation was provided by General Mills via Clever Girls Collective.
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