Archive | September 2016

Apple-Blue Cheese Pizza

Yep you read that right – this week I decided to make a pizza with apples and blue cheese on it. I originally got the idea from a recipe that I can no longer find, but it was an apple and gorgonzola pizza. My issue with it though, was that it was just a crap ton of cheese and apple. I needed something with more vegetables. I make two little personal-sized pizzas, since I just cook for me. You can always double the recipe to get something closer to a full pizza.

1/2 recipe pizza dough
1 medium shallot, diced
1 cup frozen spinach, defrosted and drained (or 3 cups fresh)
1 medium apple – honeycrisp, granny smith, or fuji would all work
2 ounces mozzarella, shredded
2 ounces crumbled blue cheese.

Roll out the pizza dough (I make mine from my all-purpose yeast dough) and stick it on the pizza stone. Cover with a bottom layer of spinach. If you use frozen like me, make sure you remove all the excess water or it will make the pizza soggy. On top of the spinach, scatter the shallot. Thinly slice the apple and place the slices on the spinach. Scatter the cheese on top and bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes.

apple-pizza

This was really good. I was surprised how much I liked it actually. My only complaint was that I could have used a bit more shallot but the combo of flavors was awesome. Definitely making this again. And it’s perfect for fall. Song of the Week: No Diggity by Blackstreet. I have absolutely no idea what sparked this, but for whatever reason I’ve listening to the song a ton this week. ¬†And hey, it’s a pretty great song.

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Recipe Mash-Up Stuffed Pattypan Squash

This week I did, for lack of a better word, a recipe mash-up. I bought new patty pan squash at the store and decided to stuff them with almost the same filling that I did for the tomatoes. Well, with one exception – I took out the olives and added cheese. Because I love cheese.

Stuffed pattypan

3 large-ish pattypan squash
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
olive oil
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
1-2 ounces fontina cheese, grated
handful of toasted pine nuts
salt

Trim the top and bottom of the squash. Then use a spoon to scoop out the insides of the squash. Brush the squash with olive oil and bake at 375 in the oven for about 15 minutes. While the squash are in the oven, sautee the onions and garlic in a little olive oil (just a little, I always use slightly too much). In a bowl, combine with the bread crumbs, parsley, cheese, and pine nuts. Stuff the filling into the squash and return till they are fully cooked, around 30 minutes.

This recipe was good, but, and here’s an odd but, I really liked just eating the stuffing by itself more than I enjoyed eating it in the pattypan squash. I think partially this is because I didn’t cook the squash long enough – I thought it was done, but I might have just been inpatient. The other reason was, well, the filling was just super good. I really enjoyed eating it and kinda just want to find a way to have it without bothering to stick it in a vegetable. I’ll let you know if I figure out a good method for that in the future. But it is a good summer recipe regardless, and a fun one to try if you are interested in pattypan squash. Song of the week: Here Comes a Thought from Steven Universe. I heard of this TV show a couple weeks ago on NPR, started watching, and immediately got hooked. It is amazing. This song (there are lots of songs in the show) is also just so incredible, from an amazing episode dealing with trauma and how to cope with it in a healthy way. And yeah, this is an animated kids show.