The Olympics are here and if you are like us, we love to watch the opening and closing ceremonies as well as follow along with certain events throughout the two-week game period. When I was a younger I remember watching the Olympics and of course spending hours with friends pretending to be Olympic hopefuls. I love watching my children as they have grown with similar imaginative reactions that remind me of my own childhood. The Olympics are without doubt providing an opportunity for some family fun all around with watching, playing games, getting active and including just a little more imagination at the kitchen counters. Here’s a savory bite to make & bake for a little food fun….
Olympic Bites by Jodie Fitz
1 Price Chopper pre-made pizza dough
8 oz. Price Chopper mozzarella cheese, part-skim
½ cup chopped Roma tomatoes
½ cup yellow bell pepper, chopped
½ cup orange bell pepper, chopped
½ cup purple bell pepper, chopped
½ cup black olives, finely chopped
¼ cup light olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
- Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Roll the pizza dough into a rectangle on a floured surface; approximately 12 x 15.
- Cut the pizza dough into 5 strips; approximately 3 x 12.
- Shred the cheese and fill each strip of dough with approximately ¼ cup cheese and ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning.
- Seal each strip by folding it, pinching it and then form the stuffed strip of dough into a circle. Repeat this step until you have five full rings. As you complete a ring, place it onto a non-stick backing sheet or a pizza stone in the order of the Olympic rings; three on top & two on the bottom.
- Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of each ring evenly distributed.
- Stir the olive oil & crushed garlic together.
- Toss each vegetable you are using with a tablespoon of the oil/garlic mixture.
- Cover the top three rings individually using ¼ cup purple pepper, ¼ cup black olives & ¼ cup of the red tomatoes.
- Cover the bottom two rings individually using the ¼ cup yellow and ¼ cup orange peppers.
- Approximately 5 – 8 minutes before the Olympic rings have completed baking, add the additional ¼ cup of each corresponding vegetable to the top.
- Bake the rings for approximately 20 – 25 minutes in its entirety.
*My favorite Italian spice is the Lite House freeze dried brand you can find in the produce aisle at your Price Chopper or Market 32 Stores.