We know that the modern pizza originated from Naples, Italy in the early 1800’s and it was known as the “Neapolitan pie with tomato toppings.”  I’ve decided to reconstruct this masterpiece by using corn tortilla’s and disguising it as a taquito.

The ingredients:

Corn tortilla, white onions, pepperoni, a bay leaf, garlic salt, fennel seeds, asiago cheese, parmigiano-romano cheese, mozzarella and rosemary pictured above.  Not in photograph, oregano, pepper, tomato sauce and tomato paste.

The Pizza Sauce

  1. In a pan, saute 3 ounces of chopped white onions in olive oil with 1/2 tsp. of garlic salt, 1/2 tsp. of fennel seeds, 1/2 tsp. of rosemary, 1/2 tsp. of oregano and pepper to taste.
  2. Add one 8 oz. can of tomato sauce, and one 6 oz. can of tomato paste. Heat on medium to high.  When it starts to bubble, bring down to a simmer for about an hour. 

The Pepperoni, Corn Tortillas, Asiago and Parmigiano-Romano cheeses

  1. In a pan, heat vegetable oil on medium to high.
  2. I rolled 2 pepperoni’s with a long thin slice of asiago and a long thin slice of  parmigiano-romano cheese in a corn tortilla. 
  3. I had to fry these individually because my altered taquito’s would not stay rolled, with the one toothpick I chose to use.  I ended up carefully dipping the tortillas with tongs into the pan, and after about 15 seconds of sizzling, I released the tongs and the tortilla stayed in tact.
  4. Repeat the process with however many you feel like eating. 
  5. There must be an easier way to keep these from unrolling, perhaps more than 1 toothpick???  If you, however, love challenges and wasting time as I do, follow my instructions to a tee!

The Mozarella

  1. I shredded a lot of mozzarella cheese and sprinkle desired amount on top of the rolled pizza’s.

I was amazed at how savory these little rolled tortillas were.  I used a combination of recipes for the sauce from, which I think always has a great variety of recipes to choose from.  Next time, I’d use two cans of tomato sauce however, to dilute the consistency of the the topping.

These would definitely be a great hit at a super bowl party!


Constructive Deconstruction