The invite to a friend’s house for Super Bowl Sunday mentions “Heggie’s Pizza” as the main attraction for food, and by all means it deserves the attention. Have you ever tried a Heggie’s Pizza? Ohhh, yum! Definitely one of my favorite pizza’s…well, it use to be anyway. These pizza’s have a thinner crispy crust that hold their crunch to the zesty sauce and loaded toppings. Although they can be a bit salty, they are full of flavor and never disappoint. This Minnesota based company distributes frozen pizza to resorts, small restaurants, sports bars, pubs, grocery chains, and now even the public can purchase directly from the warehouse. I’d say that speaks to their following.
Knowing I would be drooling with envy as I watched everyone devour those cheesy disks of Italian love, I decided to curb my craving before I got to the party. I use this tactic often as there’s no point in heading to a party where the obvious foods to choose from won’t be an option. Why feel deprived…just figure out a new way to enjoy that food and either bring it along or enjoy it before you go. Done. No dwelling.
Now instead of secretly wishing the pizza-oven would short-fuse leaving only corn chips and salsa for the party-goer’s, I would make a mock pizza and never think twice. (I would never wish that…)
Pizza Dip…there are many recipes to choose from and most are naturally gluten free…but I chose Shirley Braden of Gluten Free Easily-gfe because she used sour cream instead of mayonnaise (and…cuz Shirley knows her stuff). I made a few modifications like adding ricotta and Parmesan cheeses, but I followed her basic recipe and it was fantastic. Since my intent was to curb my craving and knowing Mr. Spinner wouldn’t eat much (Heggie’s on the brain), I made a small portion of the recipe.
See in the picture how it looks like there’s a crust? Mine was spread thin due to the small batch, but the dip holds it’s consistency and browns nicely. I think I would make it thin again next time using a larger dish for the whole recipe.
I like thin, bubbly, and brown.
I used the tip from Udi’s last week and cut their pizza crust into wedges and baked (like pita chips). It worked well and we sat with our dip making little mini pizza slices by piling the dip onto our wedges. It was reeeeally good!
Next time I will drizzle olive oil over the wedges and sprinkle with Parmesan, basil, and garlic before I bake them. Mr. Spinner actually gave me a tutorial on how to make the perfect pizza dip wedge (darn, I should have taken a picture). With a spoon, he carved out the exact amount of dip…making sure there was a pepperoni slice on top…then evenly laid it across the wedge, creating a little slice of pizza. Ahhah….it was a success.
I went to the Superbowl party having fulfilled my pizza craving and never once had a longing for a slice of Heggie’s….or a broken pizza-oven…I’m over it.
Thanks Shirley…for your great Pizza Dip recipe.…