This one sort of came about as a joke, but the more I thought about it the more excited I got. What if this ACTUALLY tasted amazing? It does combine several of my favorite foods! So I convinced my friend (and web-master/photography guru) Ken to help me out, and we just made it up as we went along.
- A pizza crust (since we were baking at my house, which lacks a pizza stone, we opted for a pre-made crust. We didn't want to end up like this)
- Spaghettios (we went for the Spaghettios plus calcium)
- Some shredded pizza cheese
- Toppings of your choice (We chose hot dogs, because we already knew they went well with Spaghettios)
To start, you're going to want to open up your spaghettios cans and dump them onto your crust (unless you're rolling out your own dough, in which case, do that first.) I spread them around to evenly distribute them. Next, you cut up your hot dogs into little bite-size pieces and toss them on there (Ken is a firm follower of the crust-sauce-toppings-cheese cult, though I am more used to crust-sauce-cheese-toppings. I like to see what's on my pizza! I usually let him win though.) Obviously, you will then cover the whole thing with cheese. We baked it at 350° for probably about 20 minutes, or at least until it looked done enough, though we really just guessed what it was supposed to look like.We let it crisp up a bit on a cooling rack, and then we were ready to eat it! We paired it with a glass of pinot noir (obviously?) and then Ken watched nervously as I took the first bite. It was....underwhelming, actually. I was expecting a BURST of flavor, but it was surprisingly bland. I wish I had mixed in some hot sauce from the start, but even after dumping some on top it did little to improve it. Perhaps if the crust had been thinner and crispier, it would have better offset the fact we were using Spaghettios as pizza sauce. So all in all, it was a really fun experiment. I had set my hopes a little too high but was not totally crushed when it turned out to be just ok. I am not giving up on this idea though, and might revisit it in a few months when I am a better cook. I'm determined to make this the best damn pizza ever!
P.S. If you're thinking to yourself "hey, that pizza looks pretty damn good," here's what it looked like without the fancy lighting tricks and after the cheese had congealed a little more: