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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fanny Packs

Our schedule for the weekend was changed a little with unexpected sleep overs for the kids. That tends to throw my menu that I planned for the week off. When the kids are gone, it makes sense to make some simpler meals for dinner.
I've really fallen in love with this No-Knead Bread Recipe, and I decided to do a little experiment with it for dinner tonight. I made some super delicious little dinner pockets that were made out of the bread recipe. I stuffed them with ground sausage, onion, mixed veggies and mozzarella cheese. They ended up being HUGE because they rose so much in the oven. We laughed about how they were no longer just little pockets. Now they were "Fanny Packs".

The Bread Recipe is:
1 1/2 TBS Active Dry Yeast
1 1/2 TBS Sea Salt
3 Cups Warm Water
6 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour

Mix it all together and it makes a big wet ball of dough. You don't knead it! It needs to sit for at least 2 hours to rise and then you can use it. Or, if you have it in the fridge, it should be set out for about 40 minutes.

It makes a really wet dough that can stay in the fridge for up to two weeks covered with a little tiny bit of air allowed in the container. One batch makes four pizzas or fanny packs. Check out the link above for more recipes.
When the dough has set out for at least 20 minutes, sprinkle a little flour over the top of the batch to make it easier to cut. Divide it into fourths and form dough balls. Sprinkle corn meal on a pizza peel or cutting board and let the dough rest while you get all of your filling ingredients together. Cooking all the filling will take about another 20 minutes and that will give you your 40 minutes. Meanwhile preheat your oven to 550 degrees.
For the filling I used:
1 lb of sausage
1 small chopped onion
1/2 a small bag of mixed veggies
2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Shape the dough into a pizza.
Put filling and cheese
on one half.
Fold over and slide onto a baking stone in a 550 deg. preheated oven for about 8 minutes.
This was so good! We sat around talking about all the different things we could fill it with. For example, sloppy Joe's, pie filling, pizza fixings, chicken pot pie, etc.
I'm so glad when a cooking experiment turns out so easy and delicious.
I'd love to hear what you would put in your "Fanny Pack".

Have a Blessed Week Everyone!!

1 comment:

Home Sweet Hideaway said...

What a good idea! Hmmm...your ideas are pretty good, but maybe there could be a breakfast version or something sweet to give it a cinnamon roll twist.

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