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Greek Pepperoni Pizza and Philomena

Welcome to Pizza and a Movie! Today’s pizza has Greek-inspired ingredients with the addition of pepperoni to make a Greek Pepperoni Pizza. We have sun dried tomato pesto, mozzarella, pepperoni, green olives and feta cheese. A combination that is super savory with a delicious zing from the sun dried tomato pesto and the feta. Let’s get right to it!

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Preheat the oven the 450 degrees F. This is going to be a pan pizza, so you can lightly oil a quarter sheet pan and let the prepared pizza dough relax and warm up a little on the oiled pan.

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While the oven is preheating and the dough is shaking off its chill from the fridge, grate about 1 and a quarter cups of mozzarella cheese. If you are using olives with pits, go ahead and remove the pits and slice the olives into quarters. I am using sun dried tomato pesto leftover from another recipe. See the recipe card below for the recipe. If you want to see pictures of making the the sun dried tomato pesto, visit: Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta.

Press the dough out to the corners of the pan. Let it rest in between pressing if the dough shrinks back too much. Then give it another go. It’s ok if the dough doesn’t quite reach the edges.

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

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Spread the sun dried tomato pesto evenly on the dough, leaving 1/2 to 1-inch around the edge for the crust. Then top the sun dried tomato pesto with the grated mozzarella.

Top the cheese with the pepperoni. Then, evenly sprinkle on the olives and the feta.

Now we are ready for the oven. Bake the pizza for about 15 minutes, until the crust is puffed and golden and the cheese is melted and bubbly. When the pizza comes out of the oven, let it sit for a few minutes, then use a spatula to ease the pizza out of the pan and on to a wire rack.

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When you’re ready to slice it up, slide it off the wire rack and slice it how you like it!

Movie Night: Philomena

We have our Greek Pepperoni Pizza ready so let’s get to the movie! Philomena is a film from 2013, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. I have seen the thumbnail for this movie to rent for years, but I always skipped it. I am so glad I finally decided to watch it. Based on true events, Philomena follows the story of a woman who, as an unwed teen, had to give up her son in 1950s England. The movie picks up her story decades later, when a sacked journalist tries to reinvigorate his career with a human interest story.

This deep and emotional story is performed beautifully by both Dench and Coogan. Judi is hard to beat and her portrayal of Philomena is beautiful, emotional and relatable. Ultimately a tragic story about forgiveness, Philomena took interesting turns and pulled at the heartstrings. Such a great movie, I am so happy I finally gave it a watch. You should too! Philomena is available to stream on Netflix, Paramount +, and Showtime with a subscription; and available to rent on Apple TV, YouTube, Google Play, among many other watching options.

Thank you so much for joining me today for Pizza and a Movie. I hope you give this pizza a try, it is a really delicious combination. If you want to try other combinations with sun dried tomato pesto, try Sun Dried Tomato, Asparagus and Burrata Pizza, or the Super Tomato Pizza. Take care and be well, xo Kelly

Key Equipment

Greek Pepperoni Pizza

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Dinner, Main Course American/Italian
By Kelly Djalali Serves: 2-4
Prep Time: 20 Minutes Cooking Time: 15 Minutes Total Time: ~35 Minutes

Greek Pepperoni Pizza is a super savory pepperoni and olive combination with delicious zing from sun dried tomato pesto and feta.

Ingredients

  • Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
  • 2 7-to 8-oz. Jars of Julienned Sun Dried Tomatoes in Oil
  • 1/4 cup Ground Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Pine Nuts
  • Olive Oil
  • Greek Pepperoni Pizza
  • 1 Prepared Pizza Dough
  • Olive Oil
  • 1.25 cups Grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Green Olives, quartered
  • Feta Cheese, crumbled

Instructions

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

1

Pour the entire jar contents of the sun dried tomatoes into the bowl of a food processor. To that, add 1/4 cup of pine nuts and 1/4 cup of ground Parmesan cheese.

2

Process the sun dried tomatoes, cheese and pine nuts until the mixture resembles a thick paste. Then drizzle in olive oil with the processor running until a smoother, looser consistency is reached. Transfer the sun dried tomato pesto to a jar or airtight container.

Greek Pepperoni Pizza

3

Preheat the oven the 450 degrees F.

4

Lightly oil a quarter sheet pan and let the prepared pizza dough relax and warm up a little on the oiled pan.

5

Press the dough out to the corners of the pan. Let it rest in between pressing if the dough shrinks back too much. Then give it another go. It's ok if the dough doesn't quite reach the edges.

6

Spread the sun dried tomato pesto evenly on the dough, leaving 1/2 to 1-inch around the edge for the crust. Then top the sun dried tomato pesto with the grated mozzarella.

7

Top the cheese with the pepperoni. Then, evenly sprinkle on the olives and the feta.

8

Bake the pizza for about 15 minutes, until the crust is puffed and golden and the cheese is melted and bubbly. When the pizza comes out of the oven, let it sit for a few minutes, then use a spatula to ease the pizza out of the pan and on to a wire rack.

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When you're ready to slice it up, slide it off the wire rack and slice it how you like it!

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Mari
    September 9, 2022 at 8:44 am

    The pizza looks great, and I like the shape of it. No one but me likes olives, so I’m planning on putting them on a small piece, and eating it myself. I keep wondering where I went wrong, that they don’t eat or like olives. I just bought a small jar of olive salad and am putting it on everything. The movie will be an easier sell however, since Judi Dench is like Sara Lee: nobody doesn’t like her. She is just fabulous, and I love her work. Today I’m scrambling to throw together something for Stump The Chef. I have an early medical appointment, and it has been a crazy week. My grandson was cleared by his doctor, but after going outside to play with his friends, his symptoms are back, worse than ever. They will be doing more tests, of course. Nothing is ever easy, is it?! As a royalist, the death of Queen Elizabeth was sad, but not unexpected. She has been queen since I was a baby, and that wasn’t yesterday. Now onto Stump The Chef.
    As I said, I’m throwing this together before I have to leave for my appointment. There are two things on my mind today. The first is midgets, or little people. Can you name three movies, from any decade, that featured midgets? I can actually think of three right off the bat, but I’m in a hurry so we’re playing softball. What kind of pizza will you serve? One pizza will suffice for all three. The second thing I’m pondering is age disparity between leading men and ladies. We have all seen countless movies where the man is considerably older than the woman. Sabrina was the one that always floored me. I remember seeing it as a child and asking my mother why Audrey wanted to marry someone older than my Dad! It made me wonder about younger leading men versus older leading ladies. Can you think of any that worked and didn’t make you cringe? I think good actors can do a lot with a part, but it would be really hard to overcome age disparity. No pizzas for this one. I’m just curious. Happy TGIF to the Djalalis and Terr. Have a wonderful weekend. No sun here, but I live in hope. 😊

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      September 9, 2022 at 10:40 am

      Hey Mari, Ok! what a challenge. How about the original Willy Wonka. Another movie I saw a lot when I was young was Time Bandits, though I never understood this one until I was older. Third on my list is Willow, a fantasy movie I really loved as a kid. All fantasy movies. How about a fantastical pizza Willy Wonka would dream up – something with Nutella and bananas and whipped cream. A dessert pizza! As for younger leading men and older leading ladies, the first that comes to mind is The Graduate. But then I thought of the cute one night stand that Thelma has with the young Brad Pitt in Thelma and Louise. He’s not the leading man and I suppose their age difference was slight… The Queen’s death yesterday was not shocking but did put me in a reflective mood; the end of the Second Elizabethan Age; quite a remarkable woman. Have a wonderful weekend Mari! xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Terry
    September 9, 2022 at 10:31 am

    This pizza does look great but tonight we are having BBQ pulled pork deep dish pizza on the traeger. Supposed to be blistering hot again so on the bbq it goes. Philomena was a great movie definitely a hit. Have a great weekend 🤗❤️Mom

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      September 9, 2022 at 10:42 am

      So glad you saw Philomena, Mom! Your bbq deep dish pizza sounds amazing – I bet it will be great! Stay cool, xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Sally Burke
    September 9, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Hi Kelly, my type of pizza, simple and yet full of flavour. Your Sundried Tomato Pesto looks totally different from ours which is chunkier and a darker colour, the brand is Leggos, so if you wish you can Google it. I am sure I have seen Philomena, but it would have been some time ago. Anything with Judy Dench is always watchable, she is such a delight.
    Happy cooking 🧑‍🍳
    Sally 🤗

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      September 10, 2022 at 8:10 am

      Hi Sally, I wonder if it has to do with making it from scratch…? The sun dried tomatoes I use to make the pesto are such a bright red, the color of the pesto doesn’t diminish even after a few weeks in the fridge. I have seen sun dried tomatoes that are much darker than ones I use. Thanks for stopping by today! xo Kelly

  • Reply
    kathy
    September 10, 2022 at 12:23 pm

    This turned out excellent. My son who does not like olives, loved this pizza. The movie was better than I expected it to be: a little bit of humor drawn into a serious and sad situation.

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      September 10, 2022 at 2:11 pm

      Hi Kathy, I am so happy the pizza was a winner with your son. And I am so glad you enjoyed the movie too. Sounds like Pizza and a Movie was a success! Thanks so much for writing in, xo Kelly

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