A few years ago I discovered the ready made pizza dough in the grocery store. Normally I would avoid something pre-made like this, but after reading the ingredient list (and having one go bad quickly in my fridge from lack of use) I realized it was made from real food items and not just a bunch of chemicals so I started using them regularly. They are great for making the kids homemade pizza on a weeknight, but also great for fancy-ing up for the grown ups.
One of my favorite things to with it is to throw on stuff from the fridge and make what I call a “refrigerator pizza”. This time I had a leftover can of artichoke hearts in the cabinet and while musing about what to do with them (read rummaging around in the refrigerator looking at what’s not gone bad yet) I stumbled upon the ham slices. This is such a good taste combination I can’t even tell you.
The best part, aside from the taste, is how cheap this meal is. I usually have a batch of tomato sauce hanging out in the fridge or freezer, and the pizza dough, ham slices, and can of artichoke hearts all together are going to run under $6 or $7 dollars. Serve a salad on the side and you’ve got a complete meal on the cheap but full on flavor. Or, cut it into tiny squares, stick a toothpick in each, and pass them on a tray for a fantastic hors d’oeuvres.
Ham and Artichoke Pizza
- 1 store bough pizza dough
- ½ cup tomato sauce
- 2 cups low fat mozzarella cheese
- 7 rounds of thin sliced smoked ham
- ½ can quartered artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Spread the pizza dough onto a lightly greased pan.
- Layer on the tomato sauce, mozzarella, ham, artichoke hearts, and Parmesan cheese in order.
- Bake in oven for approximately 20 minutes until the crust is cooked and the toppings are golden brown and delicious.
Number of servings (yield): 4
Meal type: dinner
Culinary tradition: Italian