Sunday, September 19, 2010

Caterpillar Pizza... as a result of a big weekend

Caterpillar pizza is basically the perfect thing to make with kids. It's fun, it's easy, it's creative and it's a total novelty. We made the caterpillar pizza tonight after I got back from a fantastic girls night in Vancouver. My bestie, Miss Jamisson is getting married in two weeks (!!!) and this weekend was her hen party extrordinaire. It's nights like last night that make me want to have a blog about the crazy random things that happen when I go out. Except, oh wait... I rarely go out. Scratch that. I'll stick with food.

Note: our caterpillar didn't have legs... and it had a rather frightening face and it didn't really look like a caterpillar. Who cares? It was delicious!

Now, us gals haven't had a hen party in quite a while AND one of us, Auntie Erin, hasn't been away from her babe since he was born AND things always get a little... silly when we're all together. Let's put it this way, all of our husbands separately voiced their concerns about us gals being on the loose in a foreign city (and country) without a chaperone. Come on guys; and even after I assured Honey that I was definitely the second most responsible person there, he still didn't seem assured.

Anyway, needless to say, we were all a little... um... 'quiet', in the limo on the way home today. As a result, dinner tonight had to be simple and what's more simple than pizza? The caterpillar pizza was an idea I got from parenting website. At the moment I can't remember which one... it will come to me... I will let you know as soon as my mind is back.

p.s. For putting up with this 'less than gourmet' post, I have included a little gift at the bottom :)

Noodle had so much fun making (and eating) this fun meal. So did I! And so did Honey, of course. All you need is a fantastic pizza dough recipe; don't have one? Good! Because I have one for you! You can also go get some pre-made dough from Joe's too.

Other than the pizza dough, choose your favorite toppings. We had carrots, bell peppers, tomato, seitan chicken, basil, Daiya cheese and. of course... brocolli. No pizza is made or consumed in our house without it having brocolli. Noodle's favorite veg!

It's a perfect family meal because it involves everyone, is creative, there is no right or wrong and it's just as fun to eat as it is to make. So get your kids (or borrow some!) and make a caterpillar pizza! Thank you to the website (uh... I'll remember sooner or later) for the idea.

Need:
A fantastic pizza dough recipe
Extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, diced or crushed
Salt and pepper
Pizza toppings of choice:
Tomato
Brocolli
Bell pepper (red, green, orange, yellow... we had them all!)
Seitan chicken (or other meat substitute)
Fresh basil
Daiya cheese
Go crazy! use what you love!

Do:
Prepare pizza dough as described in pizza dough recipe.

In a small bowl, combine extra virgin olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

Chop all veg into small pieces.

When dough is ready, preheat oven to 400.

Split the batch of dough in half. From one half, split it into 15 small balls. Three of these balls will be used for the head.


Have your children (or rented/borrowed children) help you with the balls. Roll them a bit then press them down so they're slightly flattened.


Arrange the balls in a 'squiggly' caterpillar shape onto a piece of parchment paper. See picture for accurate shape.

For the head, simply form the three remaining balls together and press it into a larger circle, then attach to the body.


Transfer parchment paper (with caterpillar on it) onto a cookie sheet. Using a pastry brush, brush some of the olive oil mixture onto the caterpillar then put in the oven and bake for 8 minutes.

Remove from the oven and transfer parchment paper onto the counter (so the hot pan isn't near your borrowed/rented/own children. Sprinkle Daiya cheese onto each body and the head then commence topping creativity.

As a family, go ahead and go crazy with the toppings! Once you're satisfied, sprinkle a little more cheese on top and transfer back to the cookie sheet then put in the oven for another 5 to 8 minutes.

Remove, take parchment off the cookie sheet again and let cool.


Serve:
We simply put the caterpillar, on parchment on a chopping block and put it in the middle of the table.. it was one of those nights. To complete the meal, add a nice green salad or a tomato cucumber salad.

Enjoy and I'll be back with some good meals this week!

And after all that, here is your gift for putting up with the clearly kiddie pizza post: some shots of our evening out... please disregard our multi colored friends; if you're offended by such things :) Enjoy!




2 comments:

  1. The pizza is too cute. And great pics, haha!

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  2. Amber... The pizza tasted better than it looked... hopefully the pictures make up for the lack of 'class' :)

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