When I found out that today was National Pizza Day I couldn't pass up the chance to:
- #1 eat pizza
- #2 share my love of Iowa
- #3 talk about my farm 😊
When we make homemade pizza at home the kids usually ask for one of our go-to favorites - pepperoni or sausage and mushroom for one of the pizzas and the second is deemed "the parents" pizza, so we usually do a little more with it. So I decided it would be fun to make an "Iowa" pizza topped with some of our favorite Iowa foods.
The first thing I thought of was shredded pork. I love making shredded pork with and for everything. Plus it is a great make once, eat twice freezer staple of our house. We raise pigs on our farm so we always have a lot of pork on hand. And did you know that Iowa has more pigs than any other state in the nation. In fact, Iowa raises nearly one-third of all pigs in the United States.
The second ingredient that I added was sweet corn. Now, Minnesota is actually the top producer of sweet corn, but Iowa raises the most corn total (field, sweet and pop) in the nation. A large majority of that corn Iowa raises is field corn, which primarily goes towards livestock feed and ethanol. But I figured I couldn't claim to have an Iowa pizza with out sweet corn on it!
And the last ingredient that completes the Slice of Iowa Pizza is Cookies BBQ Sauce. Cookies is made in Wall Lake, Iowa and they make several flavors of BBQ Sauce, other sauces, seasonings and salsas. I use their Flavor Enhancer on everything and love their Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce and Wings-N-Things Hot Sauce. Using one of the BBQ Sauces as the pizza sauce was the perfect way of pulling the Iowa pizza all together.
Slice of Iowa Pizza
1 prepared Pizza Crust (in true Iowa fashion I used Fareway's Crispy Pizza Crust mix)
1/2 cup Cookies Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce
1 heaping cup Shredded Pork
1/2 cup Sweet Corn kernels, drained
2 cups Pizza blend shredded cheese
Prepare pizza crust as directed by package, or use your favorite homemade recipe, and bake at 425°F for 3 minutes. Then top the crust with the BBQ Sauce, Pork, Corn and Cheese. Bake 10 to 12 additional minutes until the top is brown and bubbly.
Are you hungry now? I love the flavor combination of BBQ Sauce with the shredded Corn, and the sweet corn gives a nice little sweet pop in each bite! I hope you gather with your family and enjoy a Slice of Iowa Pizza soon! What is your favorite flavor of pizza? Remember to Comment for a Cause!