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Tracy Tries: Lesson 7—Tex-Mex Pizza

Tracy Tries: Lesson 7—Tex-Mex Pizza

April 10, 2020

Hello and welcome back to another Tracy Tries blog! If you don’t remember, or if this is your first Tracy Tries blog, let me recap. I am trying different DIY projects with instructions from various online resources that Mid-Continent Public Library offers, and I’m currently enrolled in the online course Tex-Mex Cooking 101 from Universal Class.

For Lesson 7, I had to follow the lesson recipe and make beer-battered fritters, pizza, or stuffed cherry tomatoes. I was leaning toward making either the fritters or pizza; however, what I could find at the grocery store ultimately determined what I would make! I could only find most of the ingredients for pizza, so pizza it was!

This recipe was incredibly simple and easy to make. First, you had to spread tomato puree over the pizza crust, add some cheese, and then add some meat. The recipe called for rump steak, but I couldn’t find any, so I substituted chicken. At this point in time, I had my fingers crossed that the chicken would work. The recipe called for cooking the steak in some oil along with the onions. Instead, I added a few pieces of the shredded chicken and sprinkled some onions on top. The final touches were a few strips of green pepper and the rest of the cheese.

The one hiccup I found with this recipe was that it called for the pizza to be cooked for 10 – 15 minutes at 180˚C. The previous recipes have had the temperature in Fahrenheit. I’m not sure why this one was in Celsius, so I asked Siri to convert the temperature to Fahrenheit. The conversion was equal to 356˚F, which meant I set my oven to 355˚*.

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The Verdict:

This was our favorite recipe so far! Yes, it even beat out the quesadillas. I do want to try to make them again using rump steak to see how those are, but the chicken was incredible. After these cooked, you were supposed to sprinkle parmesan on top right before serving them. I tried it with and without the parmesan because I’m not a big fan of parmesan. The parmesan enhances the flavor, so if you make these, be sure to add it!

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Right now, we’re all having to be a little creative with our food, and this is a recipe that you can effortlessly modify! I could have easily made my own pizza dough or used different vegetables. Surprisingly, these were incredibly filling! My family and I were pleasantly surprised. What are some ingredients you would try on a pizza?

Tracy M.
Electronic Resources Department

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