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Salad Swords and Chicken Pizzas

I made some awesome pizza and salad for dinner tonight! My friends all loved it and thought it was pretty creative. I got the recipes from my Rachael Ray 2,4,6,8 Great Meals for Couples and Crowds cookbook. A word of warning tho: The skewers will most likely be used as swords for most of the dinner! XD

Salad on a Stick
Serves 4

1/2 cup Heavy Cream (some 2% milk to thin it out)
1 5.2oz container of garlic and herb cheese (I used Boursin)
Salt and Pepper
1 green or red bell pepper, cubed
1 english cucumber, cubed
1/2 pint grape tomatoes
4 ribs of celery, cut into 1inch pieces
2 1-inch thick pieces of Genoa salami, cubed
4 wooden skewers (one per person)

Blend together the cream and boursin cheese. Pour into dipping dish and season the dressing with salt and pepper. (if necessary, thin the dressing with some milk – I needed to so that it would be the consistency of Ranch dressing) Place the dip on the platter. Arrange the veggies and salami on the platter with 4 bamboo skewers. Use the skewers to spear the salami and veggies, stacking them up one mouthful at a time. Dip each skewer in the dressing as you eat, but don’t double dip, please!

Chicken Parm Pizza
Serves 4

Flour or cornmeal for handling the dough
1 pizza dough, store bought or from your favorite pizzeria (I got mine from Fresh&Easy)
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 pound ground chicken ( I bought 20oz of Ground Turkey because it was the same price for more at the store – this allowed me to make 2 pizzas)
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
Salt and black pepper
Handful fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
A couple pinches of red pepper flakes
A couple pinches of dried oregano
1 8oz can tomato sauce (I used a 15oz can + an 8oz can in mine)
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups Provolone cheese (I bought already grated mozzarella cheese – 4 cups and used about 3)
5-6 fresh basil leaves, torn

Preheat the oven to 425F.

Coat your hands and the work surface in flour or cornmeal. Using your hands, form a pizza shape with the dough. Place the pizza on a pizza baking tray and prick the dough with a fork in several spots. Drizzle a little bit of EVOO over the dough and place in the oven for 10 minutes. (I put it on the back side of a cookie sheet and baked it on that so it would be easy to slide off)

Meanwhile, heat a deep skillet over medium high heat with the 2 tablespoons of EVOO. Add the meat and brown it, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. To the browned meat, add the garlic and onions and season them with salt and pepper. Cook them together for 5-6 minutes, then add the parsley, red pepper flakes, oregano, and tomato sauce. Heat the sauce through.

Remove the pizza from the oven after 10 minutes and top it with the meat sauce and then scatter the cheeses over it. Return it to the oven until the cheese is bubbly, another 10 minutes or so. Top the pizza with shredded basil, cut and serve.

PICS!!

I hope you guys try this one. It is pretty easy and ohh so tasty!

Bonus Pic of the cherry cupcakes I made for a friend of Carter’s:

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2009 in General Food, Meals!

 

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Home again.

Well, we are home again and I decided that after cleaning the house all day, I didn’t want to cook anything. However, the guys in the IRC convinced me that I should make pasta with sauce for dinner. I took a can of diced tomatoes and a tiny can of sauce and added some oregano, 3 cloves of fresh garlic, 2 yellow tomatoes from our garden, 2 green bell peppers from our garden and let it cook for about 20 minutes. It was at that point that I decided that I should try adding some of our new dried Gourmet Mushroom (porcini, oyster, brazilian, ivory portabellas, and shiitake) mix to the sauce. I rehydrated them according to the directions on the canister and added them to the sauce. They cooked in the sauce for a good 5 minutes. I figured the angel hair was done cooking so the sauce should be pretty well done as well. It all tasted fantastic but the mushrooms definitely needed to be soaked longer. Some were perfect and others were still sorta hard and weird tasting. All in all, topped with mozzarella and parmesan, the pasta dish was awesome enough for me to try making it again.
Here are some pics of this easy pasta dish!

Pasta cooking:

Sauce cooking:

The finished product!

Gourmet Mushroom Blend:

I am going to need some mushroom recipes for this baby!

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2008 in General Food, Meals!

 

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