Fourth of July Pizza Recipe

Yield: 16 Servings

Fourth of July Pizza

Photo by Taste of Home©

Ingredients:

  • 1 tube (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza crust
  • 2 slices process American cheese
  • 4 string cheese, cut in half lenthwise
  • 1 jar (15 ounces) pizza sauce

Directions:

  1. Unroll pizza dough and press onto the bottom and 1/2 in. up the sides of a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 425° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. Using a 1-in. star cookie cutter, cut eight stars from the American cheese. Cut each strip of string cheese in half lengthwise. Spread pizza sauce over crust.
  3. Arrange stars in the upper left corner. For stripes, arrange 15 pieces of string cheese over sauce (save remaining piece for another use). Bake 5-8 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Originally published as Fourth of July Pizza in Country Woman July/August 2001, p36

Gourmet Pizza Burgers

Taste of Home© Grilled Pizza Burgers

The recipe below was originally published as Grilled Pizza Burgers in Simple & Delicious July/August 2009, p53

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Grill: 15 min.

Grilled Pizza Burgers
Photo by Taste of Home© Grilled Pizza Burger©

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 4 English muffins, split and toasted
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce

 

 

The following recipe was featured in the Summer 2014 edition of “Embracing Health,” a news magazine by OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center recipes.

Gourmet Pizza Burgers

Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients: 

  • 2 Tbsp. chopped sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • 1/4 c. finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 c. finely chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. dried basil
  • 2 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 whole wheat French baguette, cut into four sections
  • 2 Tbsp. pesto sauce

 

Directions:

  1. Mix burger ingredients in a small bowl, adding ground beef last.  Shape into four elongated patties to fit the bread portions.  Cover and refrigerate the burgers until ready to cook.
  2. Heat two-sided contact grill to high. Add burgers and set timer for four minutes. Check with an instant-read meat thermometer inserted horizontally.  They’re done at 160 degrees.  You can warm the bread and spread with pesto sauce while the burgers are cooking.  Optional garnishes to add color – but not too many calories — include roasted red peppers, black olives, pine nuts, fresh tomatoes, and lettuce.