Celebrate National Pizza Day
Pizza is my favorite food. Hands down! So please join me on February 9th to celebrate National Pizza Day. Pizza originated in the southwest region of Italy, home to Naples. It really didn’t become popular in the United States until our servicemen from WWII returned home after being introduced to pizza in Italy. This is when the pizza market in the United States exploded and made pizza one of the most popular foods in America.
Why do we love pizza so much? Because there’s something for everyone! Thin crust or deep dish? Sauce or no sauce? Meat lovers, veggie lovers or a combination of both? Wood-fired or oven baked? Part of pizza’s appeal is that it can easily be adapted to everyone’s tastes, preferences and diets.
There is only one way to celebrate National Pizza Day, and that is by enjoying a pizza in one of its many varieties. Regardless if you make your own from scratch using fresh local foods, support one of our local pizzeria restaurants during the pandemic, or bake a store-bought frozen pizza, National Pizza Day is a day to celebrate! And making pizza with kids is a fun way to get them involved in the kitchen. Try this simple recipe with your kids to celebrate National Pizza Day!
English Muffin Pizza Burgers
1.5 lbs. ground beef (cooked and drained)
2 jars spaghetti or pizza sauce
2 bags shredded mozzarella cheese
10 English muffins (will cut in half to get 20)
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place halved English muffins on a baking sheet. Spread 1.5 tablespoons of sauce on each half. Sprinkle each half with shredded cheese. Add a handful of ground beef to each. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is brown. Serve on a plate and enjoy! Note: Add any vegetable or meat toppings you want to your pizza. The sky’s the limit! These also freeze well.
Author, Vicki Starks, Fayette County F2ECE Associate