Thanks to Viva Italia Days at Publix: Hunts Tomatoes, Progresso™ Brand Products, Kraft Parmesan Cheese, Pillsbury™ Refrigerated Breads, Betty Crocker™ Cookies for sponsoring today’s discussion.
Sometimes, coming up with a meal the whole family will enjoy is a task. My husband is a huge meat eater; me? Not so much. My kids have turned into the picky eaters I always prided myself they weren’t and sometimes, deciding on what to make for dinner is a headache. The one thing the whole family loves is a good pizza and we each love to create our own concoctions when we make it at home!
For this recipe, my husband had an idea and my pregnant cravings happily obliged to his “mozzarella stick pizza topping” idea and this new favorite in our house was born! We took advantage of the Publix Viva Italia Sale to stock up on our pizza staples and got to work – – we even made the process a fun date night once the kids went to bed and cooked up our pizza together.
First, before you start; here’s what you’ll need (& most of which are all currently on sale at Publix, so find the coupons below! I was able to buy everything I needed for this pizza with plenty of leftover product for $15!!):
- Hunt’s Crushed Tomatoes
- Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes (optional, we wanted to put some as an added topping)
- Progresso Italian Style Breadcrumbs
- Bag of cheese sticks
- Pillsbury Pizza Dough. You can either go with thin crust (which I normally prefer with my pizza,) or regular crust, which I went with to get a thicker base since we were topping with mozzarella sticks.
- Kraft Parmesan Cheese for garnishing (who doesn’t love a little extra cheese on top!?)
*Every one of the ingredients listed above (except the cheese sticks) are currently on sale for the Publix Viva Italia Sale! (Running in store from 2/19/15-3/4/15.) Links to the coupons and more information on the deals can be found below the recipe in this post.
1. Cut up the cheese sticks. First step in this process is freezing the cheese sticks. I cut mine up the long way so I ended with two skinny sticks per each mozzarella stick. There was no rhyme or reason to how many I cut up, I just kind of went with it and figured if I had too many, I’d pop them back in the freezer for a weekend snack. Once you have them cut in half, just toss them in a tupperware bowl and set in the freezer while you do the rest.
2. Get the Dough Ready. Next, take your dough out of the freezer. You want to make sure it’s warm so it’s easy to handle when you’re ready.
3. Make the Sauce. We stocked up on a variety of Hunt’s tomatoes to make a deliciously easy sauce for our pizza. We threw a big can of crushed tomatoes into a bowl and added some fresh garlic, a little bit of salt and pepper, and mixed it together for the base of our pizza. I knew we would have plenty of leftover, but the best part is we can reuse the sauce to make more pizza’s with the kiddos over the weekend and it can even be frozen – win, win!
4. After you make the sauce, make the mozzarella sticks. For these, you will need :
- Frozen Cheese Sticks
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup Progresso Italian Breadcrumbs
- Get out three bowls. One for your flour, one for your beaten egg, and one for your breadcrumbs and set side by side.
- Dip each cheese stick in the egg mixture, then flour, then breadcrumbs. Repeat by dipping them into the egg mixture then crumb mixture one more time. Put the mozzarella sticks back in the freezer.
5. Unroll the pizza dough. This is always something I struggle with. For whatever reason, I always end up breaking the dough while I unroll it. (It’s usually, because I’m too inpatient and don’t let it warm up enough!) Once the dough is unrolled onto your pizza pan, Bake on 400 degrees for 8 minutes.
6. Add Your Toppings. Add in your cheese and if you want any other toppings. Here, is where we decided to stay fairly simple with the toppings (except for the mozzarella sticks.) On top of the cheese, we added a few Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic, & Oregano just to add a little more flavor then called it a day!
7. Now, Bake the pizza & mozzarella sticks on separate trays. Take the mozzarella sticks out of the freezer and place on a baking sheet. Put those in the oven along with the pizza and bake on 400 degrees for another 8 minutes.
8. Lastly, top your pizza with mozzarella sticks. Bake the final product set to broil for just a few minutes so the cheese gets nice and melted.
When you’re finished, you’ll have a Mozzarella Cheese Stick Pizza to enjoy for a date night, family night, or whatever you choose!
The best part? You can snag everything on sale now through March 4th at the Publix Viva Italia Sale! Take advantage of these great coupons & in store savings and create your own pizza masterpiece – you can even get the kids involved to make their own personal pizza’s with their favorite toppings, too!
Publix Viva Italia! In Store Savings :
$2.00 off Publix Produce with the purchase of Any Four (4) participating products
Progresso beans, 100% Natural Broths, Hunt’s Tomatoes (any variety)
$1.50 off Publix Chicken with the purchase of Any Three (3) participating products
Progresso Bread Crumbs, Hunt’s Tomatoes (14.5 oz., 28 oz.), Tomato Sauce (29 oz.)
$1.00 off Any Four (4) Hunt’s Tomatoes (28 oz. or larger, including sauce and puree)
$1.00 off Any Five (5) Hunt’s Tomatoes (14.5 oz.)
$1.00 off Any Three (3) Pillsbury Refrigerated Breads
$1.00 off Publix Bakery Bread with the purchase of Any One (1) Kraft Parmesan Cheese (8 oz.)
What are your favorite pizza toppings? Leave me a comment below and enter the $10 PayPal giveaway so you can cook up your own Viva Pizza! Recipe too!
Looking for some more recipes to inspire your Italian flair? Check out these Ready, Save, Plan coupons from Publix too! Lots of great italian recipes and savings you can check out and take advantage of while planning next week’s menu!