So, America’s Independence Day is coming up. The traditional recipe for this holiday is anything red white and blue, preferably flag shaped/patterned. It isn’t creative at all, and so I started scouring every retro recipe I could find for a patriotic food idea that was more interesting and inspired.
I liked the name of the Yankee Noodle Dandy recipe, but cut up hot dogs in chicken noodle soup just didn’t seem quite festive enough. And then I came across Yankee Doodle Pizza Pie in Life magazine.
Ann Page never fails to terrify.
Blend together 1 (8 oz.) can ANN PAGE Spaghetti Sauce, 1 (7 oz.) can tomato paste, and 1/4 teaspoon orégano.
Take one package refrigerator biscuits, separate them and press, pat and flatten to line one 12-inch pizza pan (round or square shallow baking pan may be used). Scallop the edge or make a rim.
To put together
Spread about 1 1/2 cups sauce over crust, sprinkle on 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Add remaining sauce to one can (21 to 23 ozs.) of ANN PAGE BEANS (any style) pour over cheese layer. Decorate center with 1/4 pound grated Mozarrella cheese and green pepper rings. Bake in hot oven (425°F.) 10 minutes; then at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes more. Serve with Italian sausage, mushrooms, pimento, or anchovy.
This is essentially pizza in a can — or lots of small cans.
Sauce. Parmesan. These are both standard pizza items.
Biscuits, not so much.
And then we dump beans on top.
What can I say…
I thought this was completely revolting. Beans and pizza are two extremely different flavors, and they don’t mesh well, and the biscuits didn’t taste good with either one.
But! Buzz thought this was pretty ok. The kids ate it without much complaint (preferring sausage on top than mushrooms). Frankly, this makes me wonder what’s wrong with me this time, because usually I much have a higher tolerance for crazy food than they do.
Regardless of flavor, this is a truly absurd recipe idea. The name is cheesy, the combination is silly — really, A&P, why? This didn’t make me feel patriotic at all, just sad and confused!