fancy pants pizza

Pizza rules.   The end.

Just kidding, but pizza does rule.   I don’t get to eat it often but I dream about it a lot.   I was craving pizza on Friday, but not just any pizza, fancy pizza.   Like the champagne of pizza.   What’s a fancy pizza?   Well my fancy pizza involves fresh figs, goat cheese, caramelized onions and rosemary.   Win.

I followed this awesome recipe, but sans cranberries.

Ingredients

1 lb prepared pizza dough, room temperature (I used Pizza Dough Bread Machine for one pie)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small sweet onion, sliced
4 -6 fresh figs, cut in half
5 ounces goat cheese (if you can get goat cheese with cranberries it fabulous)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
olive oil
semolina

Directions:In a pan saute onions in oil till a caramel color, set aside to cool completely.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Roll out dough on a floured surface to 1 inch thick. You can make it round or square all a matter of taste.

Place on a pan that is dusted with semolina.

Spread a thin coat of olive oil on dough.

Arrange goat cheese, figs cut side up, cooled onions around on crust.

Top with mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with rosemary.

Place in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.

I’m not a pizza making expert, so obviously I need to work on my topping to crust ratio.

Before:

After:

When I was thinking about the recipe I kept imagining making the pizza with arugula, so glad I didn’t.  The rosemary was perfection, arugula was a nice little side.    Awesome EASY recipe to try, just make sure you’re better at your topping to crust ratio!

candy, green monsters, skating, avocados & more

Siena hoodie.   Couch.   Louie on Netflix.   Happy Tuesday and stuff.

So those holiday things.   How were they for you?   I got to see my big Irish fam, kiddo got what he wanted.   I was gifted over 7.5 pounds of candy.   My family likes to give the gift of Krause’s:
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To offset the dark chocolate overload I’ve been starting my days with THE GREEN MONSTER.   mmmmm.   If you told me six months ago that I would enjoy drinking spinach in the morning I would’ve laughed in your face.  Stopped.   Then laughed again.  It’s so freakin’ good.   I take them to work in a little cold cup when I can’t lounge in my bed and enjoy.

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Oh, side note.   I had the chance to house eat a portobello mushroom burger at Juicy Burgers & More, so good.   A little heavy on the balsamic but still delicious.   Try it, seriously, at lunch tomorrow go and eat it.  Get sweet potato fries too.  You’ll have to run a few extra miles but it’s worth it.

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New Year’s Eve kiddo and I went crazy, I had the champagne, he had the Shirley Temple.   New Year’s Day we visited the skating rink at the Empire State Plaza…I’ve so missed skating here!   I also suspended the vegan experiment for a short while  on New Year’s Day to enjoy manfriend’s to die for homemade pizza.   It included: goat cheese, cranberries, caramelized onions and figs.  Holy sh*t, it was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.   Why can’t goat cheese be vegan?  Goats eat plants, can I consider it a plant?  No?  Crap. Ok.

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Tonight I whipped up another faboush recipe from Oh She Glows.  Love her site to pieces.   Creamy Avocado Pasta.   15 minutes and it’s delicious!!!!    This is the avocado “sauce” pre stir.   If you’re someone who used to enjoy cream sauces but no longer can TRY THIS RECIPE.   So yummy!

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Alright, back to Louie. I think i have a crush on Louis C.K. I’m still trying to absorb how wrong that is…

grilled chicken sausage pizza

Wooo! Thursday! If you’re looking for a yummy dinner tonight, try this out. Grilled chicken sausage pizza, just don’t get distracted. I love chicken sausage, especially the apple kind. I can usually get 2-3 meals out of a package.

I was looking for a clean eating recipe to use chicken sausage and found this one. Can it still be clean eating if you’re using a Boboli pizza crust? I dunno, but it was a fun little grilling challenge for manfriend and I:

A boboli crust with some diced tomatoes


Some fresh baby spinach

Chicken sausages cut up

And then via grilling MAGIC, this:

Becomes this deliciousness:

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 oz spinach leaves
  • 1 14.5-oz can, no-salt-added diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 whole-wheat thin pizza crust (such as Boboli 12” 100% Whole Wheat Thin Crust)
  • 2 fully cooked, all-natural, deli chicken sausages, sliced into 1/4-inch thick pieces
  • 3 oz part-skim mozzarella cheese, grated (about 3/4 cup)

PANTRY STAPLES:

  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Turn on grill.
  2. Coat a skillet with cooking spray and heat on medium low. Add spinach and cook until wilted, about 4 minutes. Season with pepper, to taste. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Place 1 cup tomatoes in a fine mesh strainer and press out as much liquid as possible. Spread tomatoes onto pizza crust. Top with spinach, sausage and mozzarella. Bake 10 minutes, or until sausage is lightly browned and cheese is melted. Grill on medium heat, rotating eveyr 4 minutes for 15 minutes, check often so you don’t burn the bottom…like I did. Rest pizza on a cutting board for 5 minutes, slice into 6 equal pieces and serve.

 

Do you have any tips for grilling pizza?  Would love to hear it!  Next time I think I’ll try it with naan.

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