I know what you're thinking right now: "Bag meal pizza? Food storage PIZZA?! What?! It's not possible. It defies the laws of nature, food storage, and all that is wholesome and good in the world! You're teasing us Bagette and its not a very nice joke."
Well friends, I'm here to tell you that this is neither an intergalactic phenomenon the likes of which mere mortals can only hope to attain, nor is it a bad joke. It is in fact a reality. Oh yes. You too can have fresh, hot, cheesy, pepperoni-ee, goodness in the midst of a disaster, crisis, conundrum, or on a busy weekday night.
So, without further ado we're pleased to present the bag meal that children have dreamed of and parents have waited for! The one that teenagers everywhere are sure to eat! The one that brought dinnertime tranquility to homes around the world! Yes, the bag meal that changed a nation! (Or at least expanded your repertoire.)
THE PIZZA BAG MEAL (Makes 1 large pizza)
1 individual package of yeast (you will only use 1/2 of the package)
1- 15 oz can pizza sauce (you will use about 1/2 the can)
2- cans canned cheese, grated
Canned toppings of choice- olives, mushrooms, pineapple, sausage, hamburger, canned ham, re-hydrated onions and bell peppers, OR pepperoni*
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
Resealable bag: 2 tablespoons corn meal for pizza stone
1 1/4 cup bottled water (hot water)
2 tablespoons oil
Directions: Place pizza stone in oven and pre-heat to 500. Mix all dry ingredients. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add warm water and oil. Mix. Knead for 3-5 minutes. Turn into an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let dough rise in a warm spot until double in size. Roll out and place on a prepared pizza stone (pre-heated and sprinkled with corn meal (sprinkle the corn meal onto the hot stone right before you place the dough on it.)) Top with pizza sauce, grated canned cheese, and toppings of choice. Lower heat to 425 and bake for 15 minutes or until crust is thoroughly baked. Allow to cool 5- 10 minutes before cutting or cheese will slide off. ENJOY!!!
Remember, if your pizza topping includes pepperoni the bag meal will only last until the expiration date--typically 6 months.
*YES YOU CAN USE PEPPERONI! Most pepperoni is shelf stable for 6 months until opened. Once opened it MUST be refrigerated. Look for your favorite brand and see if it gives a date and then states that it must be refrigerated once opened. Grocery stores often place shelf stable pepperoni in the refrigerator section even though it doesn't need to be refrigerated until after opening. Why? Its purely psychological. People think it is better for them if it must be refrigerated! WORD OF WARNING- Even though the packaging is similar, CANADIAN BACON MUST BE REFRIGERATED AT ALL TIMES!