“With a cheese crust!” This one also has mushrooms, sausage, and banana pepper rings with three cheeses and Awesome Sauce. A generous sprinkle of kosher salt on the cheese crust after a good brushing with olive oil makes the “pizza bones” a treat.
I used Alton Brown’s pizza pizzas recipe for the crust. It sat in the fridge overnight. I doubled the recipe and used half for this pie, freezing the other half for later.
Mrs J found this Regal Moth in her flower garden, it seemed to be some distress. She left it in a little concealed nook and has since seen it a couple of times in different spots.I had an oops! moment last week – I left the butter dish atop the toaster oven and needed something to use up all that melted butter. Pineapple upside down cake worked admirably. It could have used a bit more oven time to caramelize the pineapple layer. Inverting the cake onto a sheet of parchment paper was a stroke of genius, he said, patting himself on the back.More sous vide rib-eye. I made a pan sauce in the cast iron skillet used to sear the steaks. Deglazed it with white wine and then added the sealed bag liquids and the garlic butter left from the mix used for the bread.While I was searching the freezer for the rib steaks I came across a couple of strip steaks. I knew them to be tough so I put them in the water bath with the rib-eyes and let them run overnight. I sliced off a bit to sample in the morning and found it very tender. Mrs J started chanting “cheesesteak! cheesesteak!” And that’s the rest of the story.My cayenne peppers are nearing harvest, they’ll be dried and processed into red pepper flakes.The habaneros are starting to ripen. They are just too hot to use up in the small amounts we can tolerate – I still have ground habs from two years ago. They are pretty, though, and I’m sure I’ll want some growing next year, too.Naan pizzas! These are just great for quick and tasty dinners. These have olive oil and garlic, provolone, cherry tomatoes, fresh thyme, deli sliced turkey, salami, shredded pizza blend cheese, and fresh grated Parmesan.I’ll bookend this post with moths. Here’s a hummingbird moth browsing through the flowers on the catmint.
I picked the first batch of cherry tomatoes, probably about a pint and a half. Mrs J looked at the bowl and thought they would go good on a pizza. She was right.
These are more of those naan loaves we bought at the International grocery. They are about 8 inches in diameter and make great little individual pies. I brushed them with garlic infused olive oil, added pieces of sliced provolone, and the sliced tomatoes. They went into a 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes. Add the fresh basil after they come out. Shredded parmesan works well. I use a microplane grater on a small block of hard cheese.
There were two packages of naan in the “oops, we baked too many” bin at the Kroger deli/bakery. Marked down by half seemed a bargain so I brought both of them home. We had the gyro burgers using one package yesterday and used the other one last night for pizzas.Mrs J made her fave – ham and pickled banana pepper rings with mozz on a base of my Awesome Sauce©. I piled on most of my favorite toppings: olives, sausage, salami,onions, mushrooms, and fresh jalapenos with mozz & sauce. Cayenne pepper flakes and fresh grated Parmesan were added at the table.
I’ll start this off with a pie than should have been great but ended up only fair to poor. It’s a Brown Butter Apple Pie with a Cheddar Crust. Sound great! It turned out to be a lot of effort for a disappointing result. Mrs J swears that she will not try this one again.This was a pretty good pie. Somehow I got the water/flour ratio wrong on the dough – it ended up too wet and sticky. I kneaded in more flour but gave up and poured it onto the pan. It got an Awesome Sauce base for the mozzarella, onions, mushrooms, sausage, and ham.I broke out my slicer for that big sous vide tenderloin I did, and also sliced some ham. Most of it I vac-sealed and froze but kept some out for my midwestern version of the classic Cubano sammich.More chili! This is about half chorizo and half ground beef. I don’t usually put sour cream on mine but many people do. I can take it or leave it. It does make for a pretty picture, so there’s that.I used the slow cook feature on the toaster oven, they got 2 hours on high and some more time on the low setting because we weren’t quite ready to eat. I used a flat lid for the shallow pan and it touched the chicken quarter, that’s the black patch on the thigh. The rest was quite tender, the leg came off as I plated it.Here’s another sammich made with the pork and ham I sliced. I need to make more slaw, bake more beans, and make another potato salad.Classic spaghetti with meat sauce. When the pasta drained after cooking, instead of spooning some sauce into it I used half a stick of butter that I zapped in the microwave with several cloves of garlic. Add a little Parmesan and you can eat it just like that but I like a nice meat sauce. Mrs J isn’t fond of mushrooms so I sauteed a few to top my plate with as a garnish instead of mixing them into the sauce.Here’s a few kittehs.
The white sauce was made with garlic infused butter and olive oil for the roux, stir in milk and whisk until it thickens then start adding cheeses. This one has Monterey jack and Parmesan.I have mozzarella string cheese rolled up inside the edge. It was brushed with more of the garlic butter and sprinkled with kosher salt. Dough for the crust was made yesterday, it proofed some then and spend the night in the fridge.The crust isn’t a thin one, it’s more like bread than a limp cracker. The recipe called for 3-1/2 cups of flour and would easily make enough for two. That thick, chewy, mozzarella infused crust eats like one of those soft pretzels.Mmm… pizza! The white sauce is such a prominent part of the toppings that, compared to the usual profusion on my pizzas, chicken, broccoli, and red onions are deemed sufficient.Caution! Leftover zone! I put this straight into the freezer and will bag the individual slices when they are frozen solid. Remember to separate them on the tray so they are easy to remove.
This is on a basic wheat flour crust. I suppose if you were to go all in on one of these you could make a crust with masa but I chickened out. I spread refried beans over the crust as a sauce analog.A good measure of roast pork was laid down over the beans along with tomato slices and fresh jalapenos (on my half only).My first thought for cheese was sharp cheddar but I opted for queso quesadilla. It’s a good melting cheese. Quesadillas are named for the cheese, not the other way around.I gave the pie an overall sprinkle of my favorite Tex-Mex seasoning and baked it for about 20 minutes at 350. I added a little hot sauce to mine just to kick it up.
Lots of love out there for thin crust pizza but we really like these cheese crust pies with plenty of toppings. This one has sausage, prosciutto, onions, mushrooms, and pepper rings. We use the snack type string cheese to roll in the edges, it comes in various flavors and types but get the good stuff to be sure it melts nicely.I like to brush garlic infused olive oil on the crust edge and then give it a generous sprinkle of kosher salt.