This is not a real recession or depression pizza because the dough is not made from scratch.
But with people trying to cut expenses, one of the expendables is carry out or delivered pizza.
Start with an iron skillet. A pretty big one.
Turn on the over to 425 degrees.
Mix up Jiffy Pizza Crust Mix. It can be found at Jewel. It isn’t the bargain it once was—39 cents a box. Now the price is probably 79 cents.
After mixing you have to let it sit in hot water for five minutes.
Buy the cheapest shredded mozzarella.
I buy Ragu Pizza Sauce.
After spraying Pam on the skillet, use a fork to spread the pizza dough around to the edges of the pan.
Put 4-5 table spoons of pizza sauce on top of the dough.
Then, sprinkle on enough cheese to satisfy your taste, plus anything else you want on top.
Cook it for maybe 19 minutes, maybe 20, if you like the cheese darker.
Cut and serve.
If you have more than one big iron skillet, you can make more than one pizza at once. I figure I could make at least four at a time, if pressed.
When I told my wife why I was taking a picture of the pizza and the title of this article, she said, “I thought it was known as ‘Dad’s Pizza.’”
Besides the cheap ingredients, you don’t have to tip Dad to deliver it.
Before Steven joined us, I used to cook a pizza or two (I was thinner then) and we’d eat it while watching “Touched by an Angel.”
My mistake about not getting a tip.
“Thanks for the pizza,” the eleven-year old just told me.