Recipe: A Double-whammy from Kraft Foods
Ah Kraft Foods, that wonderful company that brought us such wondrous things as Cheez Whiz
and the Canadian food staple Kraft Dinner
have delivered not one but two
quick and easy recipes for happy face pizzas. What we have here folks are two good recipes, two great photos, and a challenge. Which pizza will win: pepperoni or vegetarian?
Let's take a closer look at the recipes. First up is the pepperoni pizza:
Happy Face Pizza
6 sticks (1 oz. each) KRAFT STRING-UMS String Cheese
1 prebaked Italian pizza crust (12 inch)
1/2 cup pizza sauce
14 slices OSCAR MAYER Pepperoni
PREHEAT oven to 450°F. Pull string cheese into thin strips. Spread pizza crust with sauce; top with cheese.
ARRANGE pepperoni slices on top of pizza to resemble a smiling face.
BAKE 10 to 14 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut into 8 slices to serve.
And next we have the veggie:
Veggie Pizza Face
1 TOMBSTONE Original Extra Cheese Pizza (12 inch)
2 slices tomato
1 small green pepper, cut into thin strips
3 mushrooms, sliced
PREHEAT oven as directed on pkg.
TOP pizza with vegetables to form a "face." Create "eyes" with tomato slices. Use green pepper strips to form "hair" and a triangular "nose." Use mushroom slices to form a "mouth" and "eyeballs."
BAKE as directed on pkg.
Now onto the verdict! Both recipes have their merits. They're both simple enough that you can throw them together with your kids on short notice and either would be perfect
for an activity for a birthday party or a sleepover. Technically, the pepperoni pizza could also be made vegetarian by substituting Oscar Meyer pepperoni with a vegetarian
pepperoni substitute such as Yves Veggie Pepperoni
. (Not that Kraft would promote another company's products
in their recipe, I'm just sayin' it's possible.)
Now don't get us wrong, we think the pepperoni happy face pizza is a classic (does it look familiar
?), but one look at the photo of the vegetarian pizza and you
can tell more went into its design. I mean: we have eyebrows, ears and hair made of green peppers and mushroom slices. Not to mention that in the photo our vegetarian pizza
seems to be optimistically looking into the future, perhaps dreaming of a utopian age where all pizzas are adorned with creative happy faces.
While both pizza recipes get an instant 5 points for being easy and family-friendly, the veggie pizza edges out the pepperoni for creativity and expression.
The final score: Pepperoni 7/10
, Veggie 8/10
You can see "Veggie Pizza Face" on the Kraft web site here
"Happy Face Pizza" (the inspiration for our logo) can be found here