Lazy Day Personal Pizza

Let's face it, it's never not time for pizza, but it's seldom that you have the time to put one together. Unless you're splurging for pre-made crusts, that is. This recipe is for those lazy days where you just want to eat a whole pizza to yourself, but you don't want the calories or price tag associated with ordering delivery.

The key to this simple recipe is one simple ingredient: flour tortillas! They'll crisp up in the oven like your favorite thin-crust pizza. The best part is the tortillas are cheap, last longer in the fridge than pre-made crusts, and come without all of the oils and carbiness that weighs you down after eating traditional pizza.

It's quite simple. Load up a flour tortilla with your favorite pizza toppings, pop it in the oven on an nongreased sheet pan at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes (until cheese is melted and edges develop the perfect crunch), cut up, and enjoy!

Note: though corn tortillas are certainly an option, I would recommend avoiding them. Their graininess and distinct flavor tend to overpower the dish. Personally, I find using corn tortillas for pizzas rather unpleasant.

"What can I top my pizza with?"

Well, let me tell you!

Hot Italian Sausage and Pepper Pizza

This version is probably my favorite, and is pictured on the cover of this post. I tend to gravitate this way, because it's made up of ingredients I always have in the kitchen. To start, I spread some of my favorite sauce on a tortilla. My personal favorite brand is Classico, and I use the Italian Sausage and Pepper kind for pizza. I then spread about a tablespoon of minced garlic across the sauce. Next I'll top the pizza with a pizza cheese blend. I finish off with slices of hot banana peppers and crumbles of sausage if I have it in the house. I prefer my toppings on top of the cheese, but feel free to mix up the order as you like! After I dust the pizza with shaker cheese and Italian herbs, I pop it in the oven. Once I take it out, I cover it in arugula and lightly drizzle on some balsamic vinegar. This pizza will always hit the spot!

Tex Mex Pizza

For this pizza, BBQ sauce is king! In place of sauce, spread your favorite BBQ sauce on your tortilla crust. I always reach for Sweet Baby Ray's Hot Barbecue. Next, cover with smoked or sharp cheddar. (Again, if you prefer your toppings under cheese, go for it!) Toss canned chicken with a pinch of salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic, and cumin. Top your pizza with your seasoned chicken, slices of jalapenos, black beans, corn, and pico de gallo, and cilantro. Once out of the oven, this pizza also pairs well with a green afterbake. Try layering some arugula or spinach on top before digging in!

Fig and Ham

These ingredients likely aren't already in your kitchen, but this one will be worth the extra items on your grocery list! Use fig jam as your sauce, and lightly sprinkle some cayenne pepper over the spread. Top the pizza with fontina/mozzarella/both, and finish off with slice of prosciutto, onions, green peppers, and crumbles of gorgonzola. Don't knock this one before you try it!

Pizza with an Olive(r) Twist!

Start with your favorite red sauce (or a light smear of olive oil minced garlic under your cheese for a lighter white sauce!) Top this pizza with mozzarella and feta cheese, and proceed to add black olives, green olives, kalamata olives, mushrooms, and red onions. Sprinkle some finely diced tomatoes on top after baking and enjoy!

Honestly, the best part about this easy pizza is how versatile is is! The kitchen is made to be your creative outlet. While I encourage you to try these recipes, I also encourage experimentation and creativity! Pizza has no rules, in my book. Go crazy!