I work in a Marketing department. For anyone who doesn't, that basically means that I work with a whole bunch of other crazy, mostly unorganized slackers.
Being crazy and slackers, we are very good at coming up with "team-building" activities that keep us from doing actual work.
One of these activities is a periodic "cook-off" that take place over a long lunch hour. There are several of us who are fantastic cooks, some of us who are only okay cooks but just really enjoy it, and then there are the ones who just like to make a mess in the kitchen and the results are a total crap shoot. (I fall into that last category).
Anyway, our first cook-off challenge was lasagna. And the team that one that challenge got to pick and organize the next challenge. We had traditional lasanga, we had lasagna hors d'ouevres, Jamaican lasagna, ice cream lasagna... but the lasagna that won... was really just a salad. It was layered vegetables held together with some sort of carrot/tomato sauce. It won mostly because of the creativity points. (Because really...vegetables??? We were all about the meat and cheese!!!)
Anyway, the group that won set the next challenge as... yup... salad.Thinking I'd be able to turn their own tricks against them, I immediately started plotting a meat salad. (Hey, if they can make lasagna with plants, I can make salad with MEAT!)
What I came up with.... Hawaiian pizza salad in an edible bowl!
K... here's what I did.
To make the edible bowls, I took pizza dough and rolled out little circles that I could lay over the underside of my muffin tray (You may have seen this done with cookie dough on Pinterest and Facebook)
While the dough was baking, I fried up a pack of bacon, drain the grease and let it cool. (You could use leftover ham instead)
A drained can of pineapple tibits, and a butt-load of shredded mozzarella cheese was added and all mixed together into a nice "pizza salad".
Sadly.... my meatzza salad didn't win (beat out by quinoa... seriously!) but it was a lot of fun to make - and the men in my department love me now. Though honestly, it really is easier to just make a darn pizza.
And you don't win friends with salad anyway!