Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tortilla Pizza with Tallulah

I cherish the moments I'm able to spend with my girls in the kitchen.  They may not always cook (or eat what I cook!), but our time together usually produces some seriously good fun. Plus, the kitchen is my home turf—it's here that I have all the right moves and can do no wrong (at least in the eyes of my daughters), even when I make a royal mess.

If you follow my blog,  then you already know of my kitchen adventures with my youngest daughter, Augusta (aka the Ravenous Pixie).  But I don't often talk about Tallulah, my oldest, who's most comfortable behind the camera shooting video and taking pictures. (And the child has a true gift for all things digital, which comes in handy for an old-timer like me.)  So when we had the opportunity to shoot a cooking segment together a few weeks back, we, ahem, I couldn't wait to get going.

Here's the setup:  I was scheduled to film a spot for "Daytime Alabama" on Birmingham's Champions for Health initiative.  Tallulah was enjoying her first day of summer, so I enlisted her to take a few behind-the-scene shots of me and "Daytime Alabama" host (and seriously cool dude/dad) David Lamb in action.  When David caught sight of Tallulah, he immediately suggested that she not only join us, but that she also make the pizza.  To say that Tallulah was caught off guard is like saying that Alabama can get hot in the summer.  YEAH!

She rallied like a trooper, however, and powered through the recipe with grace. (Even though to hear her tell it, she was totally unprepared from a wardrobe standpoint.  I beg to differ. I think she looked  adorable.)  Actually, let me back up—she did more than power through the recipe with grace.  As you'll see in the clip, Tallulah held her emotions in (as well as a mouthful of pizza) when others would have screamed out.  That's right, I gave her a piping hot slice of pizza on camera, molten cheese and all.

Tallulah and I are still friends, and she's assured me that we can work together again on long as I stick to cold desserts!

Below is the recipe prepared on "Daytime Alabama"—it's super-easy for kids to prepare (with an adult working the oven, of course).

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Tortilla Pizza
Prep: 10 min., Bake: 10 min.
Makes 5 servings
I've made this recipe with the Deer Valley Elementary School students for years.  The idea with this recipe is to have fun—switch it up as you and your kids see fit.  NOTE: For best results, don't add too much sauce—too much and the crust will be soggy.  Start with a couple of tablespoons, then add more, if needed.  Also, I prefer to put the pizzas directly onto the middle oven rack—you may want to add heavy-duty aluminum foil or baking sheet to the rack below to catch any dripping cheese or sauce.

5 medium/soft taco-size whole wheat tortillas
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 cups no-sugar-added pizza or pasta sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
1 cup shredded low-fat Italian blend cheese
30 turkey pepperoni slices

Brush top tortillas evenly with olive oil.

Divide pasta sauce, Italian seasoning, cheese, and pepperoni over tortillas.

Bake at 400° for 10 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.

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