Posts Tagged 'vegetables'

Pipe Dream #177: To Find It Easy To Be Green – Deep Dish Tomato and Spinach Pizza

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Oooooh-kay. I realize that this picture has been tantalizing you on the side of my blog for weeks without a link. It has been tantalizing me for weeks. Except, I had the link, and I ate this pizza, so I can’t tell if the tantalization of this savory delight was worse or better for you than it was for me.

My father made a decent deep-dish frozen pizza and asked me, “Why is this so addicting?”

I replied that it hits his fat and salt spots, and everyone in the room nodded sagely, because obviously I am sage (not). Being that your salts spots are not hit too often on this blog, and being that that is the weirdest phrase ever, I would like to present you with this deep dish pan pizza, including homemade sauce, spinach for iron and much, much cheese.

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Oh, and speaking of being wise (not), there is fresh sage in this recipe. You just don’t see that in dessert recipes all too often. Or do you?

floured board

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If I were to do this again, I would have used less dough. The dish was quite deep enough, when all was said and done, and let’s be real, I could have made another dessert pizza with half the dough. I also would have made the sauce a little less runny. Somehow. Maybe I would have drained the tomatoes a little better.

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I only put spinach on half the pizza. It was for the sake of my sister, who loves pizza, but has an aversion to the green things on her life’s plate. You can have an aversion, too, I guess. I’ll judge you a little, but just a little, since most of my diet is frosting. Kidding. Except for #saturdays. Am I allowed to hashtag like that? Whatever, doing it.

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Get your health kicks, friends. It’s all about the green.

So easy being green,

L

Deep Dish Tomato and Spinach Pizza

Adapted from Girl Versus Dough and my friend, Chrissy

Boughten pizza dough (enough for a 12 inch pizza)

8 ounces (1 cup) canned crushed tomatoes

1 teaspoon sugar

salt and pepper, to taste

fresh thyme, sage, oregano and bay leaf

garlic paste or crushed garlic, to taste

olive oil (or truffle oil)

8 ounces provolone cheese

5 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and thoroughly drained

Let pizza dough rise according to package directions. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch cast-iron skillet with 1 tablespoon of oil, spreading around with a paper towel.

Combine tomatoes, salt, pepper, chopped herbs, bay leaf, sugar and garlic in a small saucepan, simmering over low heat while you prep the pizza.

When the dough has risen, press into the prepared skillet halfway up the sides of the skillet. Bake four 9-10 minutes until crust has just set. Remove from the oven and top with 4 ounces provolone cheese. Remove the bay leaf from the simmered sauce, then spread the sauce over the cheese. Top sauce with the spinach, then the other 4 ounces of cheese. Drizzle with a bit more oil.

Bake for another 15-20 minutes, until cheese is bubbling and crust is golden. In a perfect world, I would have used less dough, so that things weren’t spilling over the edge. Let cool 15 minutes before cutting.

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Produce Aplenty

There has been an abundance of produce in this house. With free access to a pear and an apple tree and a multitude of unused 5 gallon paint pails, my family has been gettin’ a little crazed. Stay tuned on the fruit front. I have a killer apple crumble coming your way.

And look at all the pretty heirloom tomatoes from the garden! The best ones were the, ahem, chocolate cherry tomatoes, easily the sweetest tomato I’ve ever eaten…

And then there were these striped beauties. And the tomatoes in these shots are just the tip of the lattice. So many tomatoes. So little time.

Get pickin,’ :]

L

 

A Really Cute Idea: Deception

Ha, so deception is not such a cute idea. It is actually quite an annoying and ugly idea. But! Deception can be really charming sometimes. This was the case at this particular women and girls luncheon. The speaker before lunch had been speaking about can you guess? Deception. Hey-o!

We made these fun “floral arrangements” out of radishes. Delish.

This was probably the most effective part of the meal lie-wise. Hilarious to see the little girls picking up their glasses and trying to suck up the fake red drank. It was Jell-O.

We also made cake, which is the reason I decided that this post is relevant enough for my baking blog. You know, cuz I be so relevant. It was a two-layer meatloaf cake with mashed potato/sweet potato frosting and parsley sprinkles. Parsley sprinkles. Who woulda thought?

The cakes were almost easier to frost than a regular cake. After you soaked away the grease from the meat, the potatoes stuck to the sides, so we just had to mold it on and smooth it how we wanted it.

The table centerpieces were edible too. And bright. The centerpieces were bright. Bright = cute.

If you are planning a lie-themed party soon, this meal is perfect for you. I don’t know many people who hold lie-themed parties (kinda has to sit on the bench behind princess parties and ugly sweater parties), but one never knows. I write on the ahnternit now. Anybody could read this.

My nose is significantly longer than it used to be,

L


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