Fourth of July has come and gone. Spending invaluable time with family, friends and acquaintances is just a memory. However, you know what’s still ever so present and singing loudly? Yup, you guessed it, LEFTOVERS!
Ever wonder what in the world to do with all of the leftovers…Well, in the spirit of the S.S. Thrifty B, “a not-remotely seaworthy vessel” one of my friends has been sailing since the beginning of July, we’re going to turn those leftovers into other homemade meals to avoid waste, food wise and financially.
This blog post’s feature meal is Smoked Brisket Pizza, but the possibilities of turning other leftovers into other meals are endless. Leftover meats are easiest to revamp and work well for soups, mac & cheeses, casseroles, pastas, omelets, and as this post features, pizzas. Depending on how much is left, after cooking this pizza or another re-purposed meal, you might be able to set your sights on a new meal that comes from goods you already have in your house, sooner rather than later.
In my house, the Fourth allowed for cooking and much needed rest, with the exception of fireworks that were going off until the wee hours of the morning. Cooking doesn’t seem like rest to many, but in my world, that’s all it is in large amounts.
Although the theme of this post is using leftovers, this pizza doesn’t require that you have brisket as leftovers, so feel free to cook a brisket just so you can make it. The remaining brisket will not go to waste. Other leftover meats, such as, chicken would work great too!
The brisket used on this pizza was marinated with a house made dry rub overnight, then cooked with indirect heat hovering around 225 degrees for 6 hours. Sounds like a process, but it’s fairly hands off once it’s cooking. How can you deny yourself the end result as pictured below?
The dough is from scratch, but not required to be. There are plenty of pre-made pizza dough options available, I just cannot personally attest to any of the varieties. My playground playmate, aka my sister, swears by using Naan as a pizza crust. An awesome recipe for homemade dough can be found here, just make sure you allow at least 2 hours for rising if you plan on using the dough to make a pizza for dinner.
Don’t be scared to try this pizza making thing. As you can see in the picture below, there’s not a right or wrong way to put toppings on a pizza, just be sure to put a lot of cheese on there.
Smoked Brisket Pizza
Yields: 8 Slices
Prep Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
- 1 Pizza Dough, homemade or store bought
- 1 Heaping C diced Brisket, previously cooked
- 1 C Sharp Cheddar Cheese, divided
- 1 C Mozzarella, divided
- 1/2 C Red Onions, thinly sliced
- 1 C BBQ Sauce
- Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees F. If using homemade dough, roll and prepare dough.
- Spread BBQ sauce on prepared dough with the back of a spoon, careful not to puncture the dough.
- Sprinkle 1/4 C of onions over the BBQ sauce, then sprinkle with 1/4 C of Mozzarella and a 1/4 C of Cheddar. Next, sprinkle an even layer of diced brisket. Continue this pattern, ending with cheese.
- Cook pizza for 20 minutes, or until crust is brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly. Allow the pizza to rest for 5 minutes, then slice.
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