She was sick for a long time since her heart attack last February and after her heart attack, she was placed in a nursing home in North Carolina, close to her sole surviving child(she had 3 kids).
Like the video I did last August after I had to put my cat Chandler to sleep, this is a eulogy video in the form of a recipe. I even included never-before seen of my grandma trying one of my recipes and her reaction!
How did I come up with this crazy creation? My grandma was of Russian descent but born in the good ole US of A, so I included American cheese and Russian dressing(which was actually invented in the USA. Who figured!?). She loved my meatloaf recipes, hence the use of ground beef, breadcrumbs, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Grandma also loved French fries(I used microwaved potatoes instead) and chocolate donuts, hence the use of chocolate donut holes.
I think why I made a grandma pizza in memory of my grandma isn't a coincidence. A grandma pizza is a rectangular pizza where the placement of the cheese comes before the sauce, not the other way around. It's native to Long Island, which is the region I'm from.
You will need:
For the cooking equipment:
2 baking trays
A frying pan
Nonstick cooking spray
A rolling pin
For the pizza:
6-8 ounces of ground beef
Olive oil for browning the ground beef
One 12 oz. pre-made pizza dough
4 slices of American cheese
1 cup of Russian dressing
Unfrosted but sprinkled chocolate donut holes
Pinch of paprika
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1. Pour olive oil into a frying pan and spread the oil around the pan. Heat the oil up on the stove.
2. Put the ground beef into the frying pan. Break up the beef using the sides of a spatula as it's cooking. Brown the beef until it's no longer red or pink in color.
3. Spray a baking tray with nonstick cooking spray. Alternatively, you can use a countertop and skip the use of the nonstick cooking spray. Just make sure you coat the countertop with flour.
4. Put the premade pizza dough onto the baking tray or countertop surface. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin.
5. Place parchment paper onto a 2nd baking tray(or 1 baking tray, if you flattened the dough on a countertop surface). Put the flattened pizza dough onto the baking tray lined with parchment paper. Shape the dough into a rectangular shape, which is the traditional shape of grandma pizzas.
6. Place the cheese, then the dressing on top of the dough.
7. Put potatoes on top of the dough.
8. Crumble the donut holes into smaller pieces and put them on top of the dough.
9. Put all remaining ingredients on top of the dough.
10. Bake in a 450 degree Fahrenheit oven for 20-30 minutes.
11. Bon appetit!