This cheesy delight is a stupidly-simple, cheap, quick meal idea that the girls absolutely love. It’s a casadia, but with pizza toppings. That’s right – the unnatural combination of Southwest and Italian in one, easy to make package. Here’s the blueprint for this crazy deliciousness:

Parts:

  • 1 flour tortilla
  • 2 Tbl of pizza sauce. (I use the Ragú Homestyle sauce, found near the pasta sauces in your local grocer.)
  • 1 package of turkey pepperonis
  • 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ tsp of dried Italian seasoning
  • a little butter (make sure it’s warm enough to spread on the tortilla)

Procedure:

Put a 12″ skillet on medium heat. Lay out the tortilla and spread the pizza sauce over the entire surface and sprinkle with the Italian seasoning. Spread half the cheese over half the tortilla. Place the pepperonis over the same half and then cover with the remaining cheese. Fold the tortilla over to cover the cheese and pepperoni. Brush or spread the butter on the visible side of the casadia. Carefully move the entire package to the skillet, buttered side down. While the one side is cooking, spread butter on the remaining side of the casadia. Cook the one side of the casadia until the tortilla is golden brown and crispy. Carefully flip the casadia in the pan to brown the other side. When finished, cut into 1-inch strips and serve with a small bowl of warmed pizza sauce (a quick zap in the microwave – covered!) for dipping and a nice mixed-greens salad with a vinaigrette dressing. This serves both the girls when we include a veggie and fruit but can be a hearty meal for one adult.

Some alternatives:

Of course, pepperoni pizza is not the only way to go with this little culinary delight. Optional toppings that Kelli and I enjoy include Italian sausage, sautéed mushrooms, diced ham, onions, crispy bacon, peppers… the list goes on!