Indulge in the comforting pot pie in a new way! Pizza Pot Pies are filled with your favorite pizza toppings of caramelized vegetables, Italian sausage and gooey provel cheese!
I am slightly embarrassed that after a year (tomorrow!) of blogging, I am just now whipping up my first pizza recipe.
A thousand tears and I am sorry, friends.
Well technically, it is not pizza per se, but there is all the drool worthy, gooey cheese and buttery, garlic crust that we all adore in pizza.
One evening I was craving some form of potpie, but not really the creamy chicken and vegetables hiding underneath a flaky biscuit kind. But I had a craving pizza that I couldn’t ignore. So, I thought to make a mess free version but still hit all the flavors. And to create a stick to your ribs kinda dinner that you get after eating one too many slices of your favorite pizza.
I am not lying when I say these deliver a major punch of flavor! So much that we made this recipe three times over and over again so we could indulge just one more time. That is REALLY rare around this house…due to the enormous amounts of food that is created for the blog and that we are only two people. We just can’t stomach that much food!
We try, but just can’t…
But Pizza Pot Pies were on repeat for about a week straight. We didn’t feel one bit guilty that we were neglecting all the other delicious food in our fridge as our taste buds were having a party.
First off, for our base, I started with a good helping of chopped veggies. Onions sauté until caramelized to become delectably sweet then balsamic vinegar is added for one more layer of flavor and let’s be honest, I could eat just balsamic onions and be satisfied. The tang and the sweetness only heightens the natural sugars in the onions. Next I threw in red bell pepper, green bell pepper and mushrooms, as I can never have enough veggies. And another added bonus, it really bumps up the filling so less meat is needed.
Once the veggies are softened, I brown turkey Italian sausage until juicy and browned. I love the heartiness from the sausage and the sweetness pairs perfect with the caramelized onions. Plus the Italian sausage takes me back to when I was younger and my family would go to our local pizza shop and order a deluxe pizza with Italian Sausage on it. But those days, I would pick all the sausage off, as it was too spicy for my liking.
I was a crazy child I tell you. Glad my taste buds have come around.
Before we are finished with the filling, I add in tomato paste, marinara sauce and a good handful of provel cheese. The provel is my secret weapon here. My sister in law introduced me to this cheese, as she is from St. Louis, where the cheese is popular. It is a mixture of cheddar, Swiss and provolone. It has a low melting point, and therefore, has an extremely gooey and almost buttery texture at room temperature. Now, imagine how delicious and velvety it becomes when melted. GAH.
With every bite, you taste buds melt into pizza heaven!
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