Zesty's Homemade Pizza… Want Some?

by zesty on October 23, 2008 · 42 comments

Hey everyone!  I had a craving for Pizza last night – however we didn’t have too many pizza ingredients on hand.  Being stubborn, I took a closer look in the fridge and came up with a few toppings that I thought just may do the trick.  The funny part was that they were all left overs from previous posts this week.  That made me smile and think of the LeftOverQueen and all her delicious recipes she shares with us using leftovers. I was excited!

Once digging around in the fridge I found some spinach which I had left over from the Red Pepper Jelly Chicken Sandwiches.  I also rooted around and found some mushrooms left over from the Apricot Pork with Feta and in the meat drawer I found a half of package of bacon left over from the b.

I was totally impressed.  But after that, I realized I had no pizza sauce!!  Oh no what am I going to do?  I ripped apart the freezer and I came up with some Homemade Tomato Sauce.  I thought to myself… this will work. We are ready to make a pizza.

Follow along and let me know what you think of this slightly different leftover pizza.  I guess before I begin, I went ahead and made the dough in the bread maker – however I forgot to capture some pictures of that so just follow along with the instructions.


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Teaspoons salt
  • 2 Teaspoons sugar
  • 4 Cups all-purpose flour or bread machine flour (I would have used Whole Wheat but I ran out)
  • 4 Teaspoons fast rise yeast
  • 2 Tbsp cornmeal
  • 1 Cup Monterey Jack and Cheddar Cheese Blend
  • 1/4 Cup Feta Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Cooked Bacon Chopped
  • 2 Handfuls of Spinach
  • 1 Cup of Mushrooms
  • 3 Tbsp. Tomato Sauce


  1. MEASURE all ingredients except cornmeal into bread pan in order listed; Select dough setting.
  2. While the bread maker is working its magic – you can prep your toppings. I chopped up some bacon and started to render that over medium heat.
  3. Zesty Tip: For crispier bacon while frying add a tablespoon of water to the pan when it reaches the high heat.

  4. Using a tablespoon of the left over bacon fat I added the mushrooms and sauteed those for 3 minutes over medium heat then added the spinach as well a squeeze of a half of lime (this will brighten up the spinach).
  5. ONCE the bread maker is complete – remove dough to lightly floured surface and cover with plastic wrap; Let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  6. SPRINKLE cornmeal on large 16 inch pizza pan or on a pizza stone and press dough into pizza shape; Cover with a towel and let rise for another 30 minutes.
  7. SPREAD with desired sauce.
  8. TOP with some bacon and a light coating of Monterey Jack Cheese.
  9. TOP with the mushrooms and spinach.
  10. TOP with the Monterey Jack Cheese and then a sprinkle of feta.
  11. BAKE at 425F for 20-30 minutes. I like to bake the pizza stone while the oven is pre-heating and then transfer the dough to the hot pizza stone sprinkled with the cornmeal to dress it.
  12. Let cool for a couple of minutes, slice to your size liking and ENJOY

As always, zesty wants to know – what are your absolute favorite toppings on your pizza? Tell me the must haves for you!  I hope everyone has a great Thursday… look forward to hearing from you.


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1 Megan

I have never understood how some people can eat pizza for breakfast, but now that I have drooled over your pizza pictures at the crack of dawn…I totally understand! Great post!


2 VeggieGirl

Can’t go wrong with homemade pizza!!


3 coco

I’m so impressed when I see people making pizza dough! It’s such impossible for me~~~
Your pizza looks amazing and I can imagining your happy face after your first bite!


4 ttfn300

that looks fabulous for scrounging around the kitchen!!! i’d take some for lunch :)


5 ZestyCook

Megan – thanks so much – I love pizza for breakfast… but then again I would eat chocolate cake for breakfast too :)

VeggieGirl – thanks you are so right…

Coco – Thanks so much

ttfn30 – There is a slice left-over…. You can have it!


6 HangryPants

Yes, I want some!

I love pizza. It’s like the perfect food! My favorite is fresh mozz, basil and tomatoes. Classic. For something different I like carmelized onions, feta and spinach. Mmmmm.


7 rubybean77

Pretty impressive for a pizza you scrounged up the ingredients for!


8 ZestyCook

HangryPants – mmm yum both of those pizzas sound delicious… I too love fresh basil and tomatoes.

Rubybean77 – thanks so much!


9 caitlin

i just realized zesty was a man! yay for male bloggers!


10 chadnpam1

It looks fantastic! I love all the ingredients you used. My all time favortite pizza topping is mushrooms – the more the better. I also love pineapple and garlic too.


11 Marianne

Mmmmm…pizza. Reminds me of the pizza I had the other day. Your’s looks fantastic, and kudos on making your own pizza dough – that is one thing I haven’t yet to try out.

As for a favourite pizza topping combo? Chicken, bacon, and pineapple, and instead of regular tomato sauce, use either ranch or bbq sauce. So good!


12 maggie

I love random recipe that totally come together :) Looks divine!


13 lauren

YES! I want some – can you ship it to Maryland? ;) That just made my mouth water. looks SOOOO delish!


14 Kelly

The feta is a great touch. I bet it added a nice tang.


15 Bob

Homemade pizza rules. Frankly, I like my pizza straight up. Maybe a little extra cheese… :)


16 HoneyB

Ok Zesty, if this is what you come up with on a whim, I want to know, when are you moving to Northern New York??? :-p


17 ZestyCook

Caitlin – Yeah I just recently added my picture to the about page…. I am a guy :)

ChadnPam1 – thanks so much – pineapple is one of my favs too – if we only had some in the pantry :)

Thanks Marianne, Maggie

Lauren I could try not sure how it would hold up :)

Kelly – yeah I think the feta gave it a nice touch as did the lime in the spinach… kicked it up a bit

Bob – good suggestion… I have to agree!

HoneyB – haha thanks very much… I think I am staying put here for a while


18 Jessie

OMG, yes, please!

a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse


19 Jenny

Looks fantastic. I love pizza nights! Your blog looks great by the way. I’m adding you to my blogroll! I’ll be back soon!


20 Marlow

I want to try this recipe! I wonder how Beth’s Gluten Free All Purpose will substitute?! I’ll let you know!


21 Happy Herbivore

mm I love vegan pizza! I think I’ll have to make an artichoke whole whaet vegan pizza this weekend — thanks for the idea!


22 yixuan

i love my pizza crust with cornmeal too! it gives extra oomph. and the pizzas look so scrumptious and wholesome!


23 Erin



24 mi

this looks like one seriously good pizza – it reminded me of the one and only time i made pizza from scratch, with my boyfriend – it turned out fantastic, and now i want to do it again!


25 Gertrude

The pizza looks great. I think homemade pizza is the best as we get to put whatever topping we want :)


26 Culinary Cory

I like how rustic your pizza looks.


27 Usha

Wow…very creative…looks delicious.


28 Reeni

Your pizza looks fantastic, love those toppings together. I love rooting around in my fridge to see what I can make from what I have on hand. Great job!


29 Tabitha Blue

Wow!! I’m so impressed. Nicely done with what you’ve got on hand… I don’t think I would EVER come up with something that great!!


30 zestycook

Thanks Jenny, Jessie, Erin, HappyHerbivore

Mi – let me know how it turns out

Yixuan – Thank you – cornmeal is excellent for homemade crust!

I agree Gertrude!

Thanks Cory, Usha, Reeni and Tabitha!


31 Juliet

Your pizza looks good (especially the crust). Professional even! :)


32 Michelle

Looks good. I could use some pizza today!

Thanks for the bacon tip. I thought water + hot fat/oil = bad idea, but if you say it makes crispier bacon, I’m assuming you’ve tried it out. :)


33 Candy

Looks yummy! Such innovation!


34 leslie

That is one mighty fine looking pizza!
My favorite topping?? Ricotta cheese and bacon!


35 gina (fitnessista)

i DO want some!
my favorite toppings are: sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives, spinach, zucchini, squash and feta. mmm mmm mmm!
hope you have a happy saturday, zesty :D


36 wood is good

Very nice homemade pizza


37 Hil

That. Looks. Amazing. I can never make up my mind what to put on pizza. Spinach, goat cheese, kalamata olives and red peppers is a favorite combo…with a sprinkle of crshed red pepper at the end!


38 Mamabear

Hey.. I just started reading your blog. Love, love, love it.
My most requested pizza is as follows. Same basic crust but I add a couple of cloves of crushed fresh garlic. Sauce is Chef-Boy-Ardee Pizza sauce. I then brown 3/4 to 1 lb ground round and add the sauce to the cooked hamburger. Mushrooms can be added to the sauce mixture. Top with mozzarella cheese and parmesian cheese. Assemble on pizza stone and bake 20 minutes at 425 degrees.


39 Dennis Allen Vaughan

i made this pizza with some rat meat and it was delish!


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