Super Bowl Starters—3 Easy Naan Pizzas

Super Bowl Starters—3 Easy Naan Pizzas

It’s here—the weekend everyone’s been waiting for! The Chicago Philharmonic is playing The Four Seasons by Vivaldi in Evanston! Or perhaps you'll be glued to the television to see what the Dowager Countess will say as her life of privilege and tradition frays at the edges.

Some people might watch the Super Bowl, at least to see what Flo will do to try to sell you insurance. Or if any 30-second spots will be worth the $5 million they spent to air them. I mean, seriously, how much do they make off that six-pack of beer, to make it worth that much money to try to sell you more? I predict plenty of ads for booze and cars. Expect at least one that tries to move you to tears (will it be with children or puppies? That’s the real wild card).

Sometimes I enjoy the ads. I’m not very into the game, though. It’s always been challenging for me to watch grown men stampede each other and do a cocky dance in the end zone. I cringe each time I see someone soar through the air, only to land, hard, on an irreplaceable appendage, like an arm, leg, or head. That’s just me though. I’ll be rooting for Lady Mary.

Despite my indifference, we will have the football game on, a fire going, and naan pizza appetizers in the oven.

If you’ve never tried naan, you’re missing out. It’s the egg-shaped flatbread by the fresh bread in the bakery section of your grocery store, or in the freezer section by the ethnic food. It’s similar to pita bread, but without a pocket. There are two varieties I've seen—plain and garlic. It’s delicious just popped in the oven, so the edges develop a slight crust, and the inside gets warm and steamy. You can eat it with anything, really, but it’s great with dip. It also makes a wonderful pizza crust.

You could prepare it like traditional pizza—spread on some pizza sauce, sprinkle mozzarella on top and throw it in the oven. That works, but I thought I’d try some different options, to make the naan pizza more of a non-pizza.

You can use whatever toppings you prefer—perhaps sautéed broccoli with red pepper and colby, or steamed asparagus with mushrooms and smoked gouda. If you're a bacon fan, crumble some on top (it is for the Super Bowl, after all). For any pizza, remember that there needs to be a “glue” to hold the toppings on, whether hummus or cheese. It’s no fun to eat pizza with toppings that roll off before you get a chance to eat them!

Both the fresh and the frozen varieties of naan work well with this recipe. You can put the toppings right on while they're still frozen. They will take a few minutes longer to heat.

Whether you make these as naan football snacks, or non-football snacks, you’ll score points with this tasty dish!

 

Tex Mex Jalapeño Naan Pizza

1          Garlic naan

½        Jalapeño pepper, seeded and sliced

1          Tbsp. scallion, sliced

¼         Cup Mexican blend cheese

Pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350˚

Place Naan on cookie sheet. Top naan with cheese, jalapeño, and scallions. Bake until cheese is melted, about 7 – 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

 

Mushroom Spinach Naan Pizza

1          tsp. olive oil

1          Garlic naan

½-1     Cup mushrooms, sliced

½        Cup fresh spinach

1          Clove garlic, minced

¼         Cup mozzarella cheese

Pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350˚

Place Naan on cookie sheet.

Heat oil on medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook until soft, about 5 – 7 minutes. Add spinach and garlic, and cook until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat and put on naan. Sprinkle cheese on top. Cook until cheese is melted, about 7 – 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

 

Hummus and Red Pepper Naan Pizza

1          tsp. olive oil

1          Garlic naan

2          Tbsp. hummus (or to taste)

¼         Red pepper, sliced

1          Scallion, sliced thin

¼         Carrot, grated

Pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350˚

Heat oil on medium heat. Add red pepper and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.

Place Naan on cookie sheet. Spread with hummus. Top with red pepper, scallion and carrot. Bake 7 – 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Tags: Vegetarian

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