Happy Happy Pizza! Happy Thanksgiving! (make a turkey pizza!)  
Happy Happy Pizza!

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Pizza #9: Lil' SantaPizza #9: Lil' Santa
Don't you wish it could be Christmas all year? Well you will once you see this cute little Santa Clause pizza.

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Australian Triple Play
The Saunderses are truly dedicated happy pizza craftsmen.. submitting no fewer than three amazing pizzas including "Mr. Splatface" pictured here.

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Happy Thanksgiving 2006 Big Fat Post!

The part with the green beans might not be too bad. For those of you reading this in October, congratulations: you're probably Canadian. (Yes, we celebrate Thanksgiving before Hallowe'en here in the great white north.) Although I realise that many of our readers are from the US and celebrate Thanksgiving in November, half of our readers are from all over the world where they don't celebrate turkey day at all so I figured why wait?!

See, I was doing some research on Thanksgiving and it occurred to me that the entire celebration is lacking any kind of garlic, tomato sauce or cheese! You know where I'm going here...

Deep dish pizza perfection! So I did a little more reading and was surprised to discover that even supposed Italian cuisine experts recommend lasagna, wedding soup, but not pizza!!! For shame!!!

This is a crisis of continental proportions. It's too late to save Canada this year, since Thanksgiving is already well underway, but it's not too late to save the United States. The challenge is to start a new tradition: THANKSGIVING PIZZA! (oh yeah, and put a smile on it!)

Of course not everyone wants to ring-up Dominos on one of the two biggest feasting nights of the year, and I'm not saying you should. By all means make a big, fat, cheesy homemade pie. You can even make a turkey pizza to go along with your more traditional fare. I came across this recipe for a Roast Turkey pizza loaded with turkey, sausage and bacon. The only weird part is they recommend mixing 2 parts turkey gravy with 1 part pizza sause for the dough. But hey, don't knock it 'till you've tried it, right?

Just check out the ingredients:
Looks fantastic
  • 100 g roast turkey breast, sliced thinly
  • 10 cocktail sausages
  • 50 g beef bacon
  • 75 g sage & onion stuffing
  • 200 ml turkey gravy
  • 1/2 cup cranberry sauce (canned)
  • Dried sage
  • Basic pizza dough
  • Basic pizza sauce
  • As much Mozzarella cheese as you like for topping

And of course, if you're not into experimentation you can't beat a delicious traditional-style pizza. Blogger Phil Johnson has made it a family tradition for the past 15 years:
... It's not that effeminate matzo-crust delivery stuff with nothing of any substance on it. This is serious made-from-scratch deep-dish gourmet pizza with a full pound of cheese and a pound or more of meat in one large-size classic 2-inch-deep Chicago-style pizza pan.

The sauce and crust must be made from scratch. The cheese must be grated by hand from solid blocks of three different varieties of sharp Italian cheese purchased at the deliā€”not that cheapo, bagged, pre-grated Costco "mozzarella."

Making the pizza is a minimum four-hour project. Cooking a stuffed 18-pound turkey would frankly be quicker. But nowhere near as good...
Hey, the last slice is MINE!  Go get your own! Mmmm, it just sounds great when you read about the ingredients, doesn't it? (the deep dish photos in this post from from his site)

So I say to one and all pass by the turkey and head to the dairy section and pick up 6lbs of mozzarella instead! Sure, your friends and relatives might think you're crazy for doing it, but everyone will remember the thanksgiving when they got to chow-down on a magnificent deep-dish Chicago style pizza (or a cool turkey pizza!) instead of yet another defrosted Butterball.

Check out the mock thanksgiving pizza in more detail at The Onion.
Get the complete recipe at Cyber Kuali
Click here to visit Phil Johnson's blog and learn more about a new tradition!

Have a Great Thanksgiving from The Big Cheese

A Quick Slice Greek pizza is a variation popular in New England. It has a thicker, chewier crust and is baked in a pan in the pizza oven, instead of directly on the bricks. Plain olive oil is a common part of the topping.

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