There’s More to Pizza Than the Tosser

Dewey's pizza STL

On Monday I noticed it was #NationalPizzaDay, after seeing the hashtag on Twitter, naturally I felt like I HAD to have pizza. St Louis has a unique style of pizza that is somewhat growing on me. It is as thin as … Continue reading

Tailgate Treats: Week #2 “Zesty Pizza Casserole”

It is week 2 of the college football season and my Auburn Tigers are taking on Arkansas State this Saturday  This week we have another night game which are my favorites because it allows more time for tailgating. Last year our first 3 games were at 11am, which was rough, because students have to be at the gate typically 2 1/2 -3 hours before the game and who wants to tailgate that early?

This week’s tailgate treat is a great go-to dish when you need something fast and are possibly limited on kitchen facilities. This recipe can easily be made in a dorm room, or anywhere you have a microwave. I recently made it when I had friends over for dinner, when I made it again a day or two later I gave some to my brother Brady and told him to put it in the microwave to cook it. He asked “can’t I just put it in the over” I told him he could, but I always made it in the microwave, and he couldn’t believe it!

First thing you do is bring 6 ounces of elbow macaroni to a boil.

pizza casserole recipe tailgating macaroni

While your macaroni is cooking, be cutting into halves or fourths 4 oz of pepperoni slices, or if you would rather you can buy the mini pepperoni from Hormel.

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After you chop up the pepperoni into pieces combine the pepperoni with 8 oz. of pizza sauce, 8 oz. of cottage cheese, 4 oz. of mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup onion chopped, and 1/2 t. dried basil.

pizza casserole recipe tailgating

Then after you noodles are done cooking combine them with your cheese/ tomato mixture.

pizza casserole recipe tailgating

pizza casserole recipe tailgating

After you combine the noodles and sauce, pour into a 2 quart casserole dish, cover and microwave for 7-9 minutes and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Then it is time to enjoy!

Zesty Pizza Casserole

Ingredients:

6 oz. shell macaroni cooked (I typically do it on the stove top but I am sure you can do it in the microwave as well)

8 oz. jar pizza sauce

8 oz. cottage cheese

4 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

4 oz. pepperoni’s halved or quartered (I usually use my kitchen scissors to cut them, much easier)

1/2 cup onion chopped

1/2 t. dried basil (you can also use Italian seasoning, pizza seasoning, garlic etc)

Parmesan Cheese

Steps: In a 2 quart microwave safe dish, combine all ingredients except parmesan cheese. Mix well and cover and cook in microwave for 7-9 minutes. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. This serves 4-6 people, I usually double the recipe. No one will ever know it was cooked in the microwave!

I Found a Gem in Rothsay, Minnesota

In the two weeks I have been in South Dakota I have put 2,250 miles on my truck and eaten my fair share of local eateries. The only problem with local places is you can never tell if it is a dump or if is a awesome place. Thankfully I have been riding around with my trainer Carrie and she has eaten at most of the local places in the 6 counties she covers and she usually warns me which ones to stay away from and which ones are good. (Thank you Carrie)
On Friday however I was out on my own over in Minnesota and I had been on the road for 4 hours and it was time for lunch and I did not have Carrie along to seek her counsel. I had just picked up 16 bags of seed from a dealer in Rothsay, Minnesota and was going to deliver them to a farmer over in North Dakota. According to my sometimes trusty Tom-Tom (see previous post Tom-Tom Knows Best if You Listen the First Time)  there was one restaurant in the town. I was a little worried that there might not be anything else so I decided to give it a try.
The town was absolutely dead, but I found the place with little problems. Ole and Lena’s was the name of the place, it seemed like a strange name for a restaurant in a small town. I pulled up and thought they were closed because there was no one there (not usually a good sign). Went in and I was the only one there, but it was a very tastefully decorated place, full of local memorabilia.
The menus were made to look like newspapers. The menu had a wide variety of choices. They even had some lunch specials like a hot pork sandwich, beef sandwich, salad etc. I was quickly taken care of by a waitress. She of course suggested a pizza.
The pizza choices were very interesting. I was kinda in a hurry so I just played it safe and ordered the Uffda pizza which is basically a meats pizza and some bread sticks. The bread sticks were amazing, in my opinion better than the pizza.
None of it tasted like frozen pizza neither the bread sticks nor the pizza.  The marinara sauce tasted like it was made out of freshly chopped tomatoes. Overall it was very good. It was a little pricier than I usually pay for lunch, but it was definitely worth it. If I am ever back in the area I will be stopping again. Not long after I got there the place filled up with customers and you can tell they have a lot of local clientele. I would have never guessed that I would have found this good of a pizza place in a tiny town like Rothsay (pop. 494) but you just never know!