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Ham and Artichoke Pizza

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Spread the pizza dough onto a lightly greased pan.
  3. Layer on the tomato sauce, mozzarella, ham, artichoke hearts, and Parmesan cheese in order.
  4. 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