This week’s French Fridays with Dorie is one of my favorites – Fresh Tuna, Mozzarella, and Basil Pizza and the recipe is even online here. So delicious!
I did change some things though — I made individual sized pizzas (8-inch) rather than the appetizer-sized 4-inch ones. Also, instead of puff pastry, I made actual pizza dough. This recipe, which is a favorite (with half AP flour and half spelt flour). And, let’s see….oh yes! I added the mozzarella and onions to the top of the dough for the initial 15 minutes it was baking. Because, come on, you need bubbly, golden mozzarella and roasted onions on a pizza, right? Right.
I also added artichoke hearts (because I had some I needed to use). But that’s really all I changed. I thought the 2-3 minutes after adding the tuna was even a bit too long — on the first one the tuna got a bit more done than I wanted, but I gave the second pizza closer to 1-1/2 minutes back in the oven and that seemed to be good. Both jwa and I thought the fresh ginger gave it a surprising kick. And as . . . → Read More: FFwD: Fresh Tuna, Mozzarella, and Basil Pizza
This was a recent meal at our house and even though I accidentally made two “errors” with it, the meal was still delicious. So, I think we’ll call this one both forgiving and versatile.
Error number one was not realizing this recipe made two cake pans worth of polenta (not a big deal as the other polenta is safely in the freezer awaiting a dinner soon) and error number two was baking the polentas in the cake pans. Also not a big deal since, as far as I can tell, it worked out fine. Lessons learned: if you’re just trying to feed two, just make a half recipe of the below and for possibly crispier polenta, turn them out onto a baking sheet. But you know, no big deal.
That all said, the versatility comes in by really being able to top these pizzas with anything you might normally put on a pizza. Mushrooms, bell peppers, zucchini, lamb sausage, feta — it’s completely adjustable to the season and whatever you’re in the mood for eating!
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In the last few months (year, maybe? I am bad at judging time), it seems that my stretch of SE Division street has just exploded with new places — Ava Gene’s, Xico, Lauretta Jean’s, Sunshine Tavern, Cibo. And I’m sure there’s more I’m even forgetting. Of this group, we’ve been to Cibo twice so far and I can’t wait to go again. It was a bit crowded on a Tuesday night for our last visit, so we started at the bar and moved to the table when one opened up.
3539 SE Division Street
Portland, OR 97214
On that visit, we split the octopus dish as a starter and I think it’s my favorite plate featuring octopus in Portland right now. A great char, nice and tender, on a plate full of creamy beans, herbs and lemon. It changes from time-to-time (right now I think it’s on a bed of potatoes) but it’s definitely worth checking out no matter what version it is.
We also split the Caesar salad, which was also good and recommended, but the pizza. Oh my! Get the pizza. They are definitely big enough to share, but if you get one per person, you can try . . . → Read More: Cibo Italian Restaurant in SE Portland
Occasionally, I find myself coming home from work, feeling very hungry and having absolutely no idea of what to make for dinner. I do know that I want it to be relatively easy and super, super good, though. Just such an evening was the beginning of Naan pizza. See, I really wanted pizza and we had everything to make pizza except pizza dough or even a boboli crust stashed somewhere in the fridge.
“Think, me. Think,” I thought to myself. I even searched the fridge for some english muffins, for the in-college-favorite, english muffin pizza. Nope. I didn’t even have that option. Aggghhh! Then, I poked my head in the freezer and the evening was saved. Naan! We had naan. Garlic naan, even. To be specific: Trader Joe’s Frozen Garlic Naan. “Yes, that would make awesome pizza,” I thought or possibly even said out loud. And it certainly did.
This could easily be made with whatever pizza topping-whatnots you had on hand. I just happened to have everything that I listed below but I really think this would work with whatever combination you felt like trying out. I embraced the Indian-influence of the naan by adding curry . . . → Read More: Naan Pizza with Garlicky Yogurt & Greens
This week’s French Fridays with Dorie is the beloved French onion and olive pizza-like tart. This week actually worked out really well for me, even though I did not really follow the recipe as directed, but that I got to use up a bunch of leftover refrigerator items that I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to use up. Hooray!
1. Instead of making the crust, I used about 12 sheets of phyllo dough, from a defrosted package that had been in the fridge for a few days. Perfect! I really had no idea what I was going to do with that before I had to toss it. I brushed the sheets lightly with olive oil in between the layers.
2. I didn’t have Nicoise olives but I did have a can of really good Spanish black olives. I couldn’t really justify going out and buying new olives when I had some that would would work perfectly well (although not super authentic).
3. I had a small amount of sheep’s milk feta left from a package I opened a few days prior. Yeah, I know I broke every pissaladiere rule, but I crumbled it on top. . . . → Read More: FFwD: Pissaladiere