Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Andouille Barbecue Pizza with Parmesan Rice Crust
Originally on my meal plan this week, we were supposed to have a chicken sausage, rice and broccoli casserole. BUT, while I was working out I had a thought. What if I tried to make the rice like a crust and turned it into a pizza of sorts? So, I gave it a try. This isn't like an ordinary pizza that you can pick up and eat, but it turned out so yummy!
2 cups water
1 cup long grain white rice
1 tsp. olive oil
1 cup parmesan cheese
cooking spray and more olive oil for hands
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
6 oz. andouille sausage, sliced thin
other toppings of your choice--we used 2 mushrooms and 1/4 cup broccoli florets, chopped small
Cook rice with water and olive oil in medium saucepan according to package directions.
When rice is done cooking, mash with a potato masher.
Add in egg and parmesan and continue mashing until it's combined well.
Cover rice mixture and put in refrigerator for at least an hour to cool.
Place 9x13 baker (I used my Pampered Chef cooking stone--I'm not sure how this will work with other materials) in oven.
Preheat oven to 375 with 9x13 pan inside.
While the oven and dish are preheating, start assembling your other ingredients.
Once the oven is preheated, take out baking dish and spray generously with cooking spray.
Put rice in baking dish.
Rub hands with olive oil~~trust me, you need to do this, the rice mixture is sticky!~~and use your hands to push the rice mixture into the bottom of the pan.
Spray the back of a flat metal spatula with cooking spray and press the rice mixture the rest of the way into the pan.
Place rice into the oven for 20 - 25 minutes. Check to see if you like the consistency.
When the crust is the consistency that you like (I left mine in 25 minutes), take the baking dish out of the oven. Mine browned a little bit.
Spread the barbecue sauce onto the rice crust.
Sprinkle the cheese over the surface.
Add the andouille and the rest of your toppings.
Place back into the oven and cook for 15 minutes.
Have you ever tried to make different types of pizza crusts?
Note: As I said earlier, you'll need to eat this with a fork. It is very easy to cut and get out of the pan, though.
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