When I was a kid, I loved those Chef Boyardee pizza kits you could buy at the store.
They come with a crust mix (just add water!), sauce, and a Parmesan and Romano cheese blend. I think I particularly enjoyed them because a) I could make pizza myself! and b) you didn’t have to wait long to get your pizza.
I decided to try one of these pizza kits again. It had been years since I last made one and I wanted to see if they are as good as I remembered.
The time factor did not let me down. I had a ready-to-go crust within 20 minutes. I topped it with the sauce from the kit, some sliced mushrooms, cloves of roasted garlic, and the cheese. I also supplemented it with some grated mozzarella, as we always did when I was a kid.
It went into the pizza oven for about 12 minutes at 425 F.
The pizza kit provides enough crust for two pizzas. Since I didn’t want to make two pizzas, I used the other crust to make breadsticks. Sticking with my “remember when I was a kid” them, I wanted to try to replicate Pizza Hut’s breadsticks – those were always my favorite. The Internets did not let me down and I followed the cheese/spice mixture found on this site.
This pizza tasted pretty much as I remembered. Granted, I used different toppings as a kid, but the crust and sauce tasted the same. The husband, who didn’t think he had ever had a pizza from a Chef Boyardee kit before, instantly knew he had when he tasted the pizza. He said it brought him back, and also that it tasted “cheap.” I’d agree, it does taste cheap. I wouldn’t make this regularly, but it was fun to reminisce tonight. I did like the combination of mushroom and roasted garlic. I’ll have to make it again some time, on a regular crust. The breadsticks let me down – the topping mix was overly salty. We brushed off as much as we could, but it was still overbearing. If I make them again, I will reduce the garlic salt greatly.