Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Healthy Italian Dinner Recipe: Ricotta Pancake Pizza

So you guys know I make ricotta pancakes all the time. They are a staple post weight loss surgery breakfast for me. Over the years, I've made sweet versions and savory ones. I've made mini versions both sweet and savory. I've even made sandwiches out of them but I've never thought to turn them into little pizzas till last night. What... I know right?!


Growing up when my family ate something for dinner that was a little too British (Steak & Kidney Pie) or Sicilian (Squid) for my kid palate I had a couple of go-to meals I would eat instead: one was pasta with just butter and Parmesan cheese or I'd have a toasted English muffin pizza. This dinner I made yesterday totally reminded me of my little muffin pizzas except these have way more protein and way less carbs. Soooo good! I can't believe I haven't been making these for years.

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Shelly's Savory Ricotta Pancakes 

1 Egg, beaten
1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix
1 Tablespoon Parmesan Cheese
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Chives
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1 Green Onion, diced fine
dash of Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

For Ricotta Pancake Pizzas:

Store bought or Homemade Tomato Sauce (I love Rao's brand Tomato Basil Marinara)
Italian Blend Cheese, shredded
Optional: Mini Pepperoni or any other pizza topping you love (cooked sausage, beef, veggies)

Mix pancake ingredients together. Spray non-stick pan with Pam. Cook on low till bubbles appear, flip. Cook till done. Makes 8 pancakes (about the size of the container those BreathSavers 3 Hour Mints that I love, about 3"-ish across.) These pancakes can be made ahead and reheated.

Cook's Note: I used whole milk ricotta if you use part skim. Drain through a mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter for several hours or overnight in the fridge. Avoid ricotta that says "creamier formula" you want regular ricotta.

To Assemble the Ricotta Pancake Pizzas:

Line a baking sheet with foil and place as many of the ricotta pancakes as you are turning onto pizzas on the tray.

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I topped each cooked pancake with a little store bought Tomato Sauce

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I sprinkled each with a little shredded Italian blend cheese and a couple of them I added mini Pepperoni

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and broiled them in the oven (or toaster oven) for about 2 minutes just till the cheese was all melty.

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These reheat great in the microwave not as crispy edges of course but still delicious.

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4 comments:

Wookie Princess said...

My family loves the English muffin pizza. I will have to try this! Love your recipes!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Aww thank you! Let me know what they think of them!!

Madhvi said...

Can I have some of those?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

:) Sure! I just made another batch too!