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This isn’t your typical pizza and it surely isn’t the what I grew up eating in the name of pizza. Remember Totino’s Pizza? Back in the day, I think we paid a whopping 50 cents for a whole pizza. What does that tell you about the quality of ingredients used? I shudder to think about it now. But I won’t fib… I loved them. As I grew up, my taste buds became more refined. I become a crust connoisseur which worked out perfectly in my father-daughter relationship. I would peel the topping off and put it on dad’s plate and I’d eat the crust. lol He felt it was a shame to fill up on bread and I thought it was a shame to fill up on cheese and everything greasy within.
But things change and today I like the crust AND I like the toppings. :) Thank goodness that the ingredients I use are made of whole, organic foods. This is what I WANT to put into my body… would you look at this list of ingredients for Tontino’s Pizza?!
Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Add), Water, Mozzarella Cheese Substitute (Water, Palm Oil,Rennet Casein, Soybean Oil, Potato Starch, Vital Wheat Gluten, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate [Preservative], Sodium Citrate, Sodium Phosphate, Titanium Dioxide [Artificial Color], Maltodextrin, Magnesium Oxide, Riboflavin, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin B12), Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Cooked Cured Pork Pizza Topping (Canadian Style Bacon Water Added [Pork Sirloin Hips Cured with Water, Sugar, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Phosphate, Natural Smoke Flavor, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrite], Ground Pork, Water, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrite), Oil Blend (Canola, Soybean and/or Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil), Contains Less than 2% of: Rehydrated Pasteurized Process Mozzarella Cheese (Water,Nonfat Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes, Citric Acid, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin B6, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Phosphate),Sugar, Modified Corn Starch, Salt, Dry Yeast, Defatted Soy Flour, Dextrose, Spice, Monocalcium Phosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Rehydrated Enzyme ModifiedCheese (Water, Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Beet Powder, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Sorbitan Monostearate, Maltodextrin, Ascorbic Acid, Natural Flavor. Contains wheat, milk and soy ingredients.
I know that many of you don’t eat these pizzas or maybe never have but just in case there is someone out there who still eats them or any other boxed pizza, I want to encourage you to think twice about what you are putting into your body. So do me a flavor (yes I meant flavor) and give this recipe a try.
Yields 5 cups batter