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Arugula, Onion & Bell Pepper Pizza

In Pizzas, Savory Tarts & Quiches On February 27, 2016 0 Comments

Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 12 to 15 minutes

Need a fresh pizza with fresh ingredients in minutes? Simply pick up some readymade pizza dough, Arugula, onions and a bell pepper. Add a few herbs and olive oil.

Then, walk out of your 3-Michelin-star kitchen wearing a toque or chef’s hat. Serve this Arugula, Onion & Bell Pepper Pizza, and you’ve just knocked ‘em dead!

Ingredients:
1/3 cup olive oil
One Trader Joe’s® Plain Pizza Dough (in refrigerated section of store), set on counter at room temperature for 1 hour
1/2 of a red onion, thinly sliced
4 to 5 green onions, dark tips removed and flesh cut into circles
1/2 of a red or green bell pepper, thinly sliced
2 cups wild Arugula leaves, washed and spun-dry
2 sprigs fresh oregano leaves, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried Oregano
1 tablespoon thyme leaves (stripped from their stems)
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450°F.

2. Spread about 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil on a 12X18-inch rectangular baking sheet; set aside.

3. Place the pizza dough on the oiled baking sheet. With oiled fingers, gently extend the dough by pressing in its center with your fingertips – take care not to tear the dough.

4. Continue extending the dough until it covers entire surface of baking sheet.

5. Drizzle remaining olive oil evenly over dough.

6. Place onions, bell pepper, Arugula leaves, oregano and thyme leaves evenly over dough.

7. Sprinkle salt and pepper, to taste.

8. Set the baking sheet with assembled pizza on a rack positioned in center of oven.

9. Bake the pizza for 7 to 8 minutes.

10. After 7 to 8 minutes, lower oven temperature to 400°F.

11. Bake the pizza for an additional 5 to 6 minutes or until bottom of crust looks golden brown when lifted with a spatula.

12. Serve the pizza hot with your favorite red or white wine.
Text & Photograph ©2016 Nancy DeLucia Real

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Cauliflower Tart (savory)

In Pizzas, Savory Tarts & Quiches, Vegetables On August 21, 2014 0 Comments

According to my taste, boiled or steamed cauliflower is so blaaah.

I recently taught this cauliflower tart in one of my classes. Since the pastry is made with oil, its texture and flavors are very light. For the filling, the cauliflower is combined with fresh mint leaves, eggs, cheese, salt, cinnamon and more. I’ll bet you didn’t think you could make cauliflower taste so exciting, right? Surprise!

Serve the tart warm or at room temperature alongside a green salad or other vegetarian selections.

Prep time: 45 minutes
Bake time: 30 to 35 minutes
Serves: 8 to 10

Prepare the Pastry for a Two-Crust Savory Tarte or Quiche:

2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
¾ cup vegetable oil (safflower or sunflower oil preferred)
4 to 5 tablespoons cold water

Directions:

1. Measure the flour and salt into a 3-quart mixing bowl.

2. Add the oil; mix with a pastry cutter or a fork until particles are size of small peas.

3. Sprinkle in the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing until flour is moistened and dough almost cleans side of bowl.

4. If dough seems dry, 1 to 2 tablespoons oil or water can be added.

5. Gather dough together until it amalgamates.

6. Divide the dough into two balls.

7. Wrap each ball in plastic wrap; place dough balls in freezer for 10 minutes.

8. After 10 minutes, transfer the dough balls to refrigerator. Meanwhile

Prepare the Cauliflower & Mint Filling:

Florets of one cauliflower, boiled until tender and drained
Fresh mint leaves
¾ cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino Romano cheese (you can also use a combination of both cheeses)
3 large eggs
½ teaspoon salt
freshly grated black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
dash ground cinnamon
waxed paper sheets (for rolling out the pastry)
1 large egg yolk ) FOR
1 teaspoon cold water ) EGG WASH

Directions:

1. Working on a cutting board, chop the cauliflower florets (not too coarse and not too fine) to measure 3 cups.

2. Transfer the 3 cups chopped cauliflower to a mixing bowl; set aside.

3. In the meantime, finely chop the mint leaves; add them to the chopped cauliflower in bowl. Cover and set aside.

AT THIS POINT, DO NOT ADD THE OTHER INGREDIENTS TO THE CAULIFLOWER UNTIL AFTER BOTH PASTRY SHEETS HAVE BEEN ROLLED OUT.

Preheat Oven to 425°F and Roll Out The Pastry:

1. Lightly flour one waxed paper sheet measuring approximately 16 inches long.

2. Take one dough ball from refrigerator and discard the plastic wrap.

3. Working on the floured waxed paper sheet, flatten the dough ball to a disc measuring 6 inches. If the edges crack, try to piece them together with your fingers to form a smooth circle (as best you can).

4. Lightly flour the top of dough disc.

5. Measure another waxed paper sheet – to 16 inches long.

6. Place the second waxed paper sheet over the dough disc.

7. Using a rolling pin, roll pastry 2 inches larger than the inverted pie pan.

8. Peel off the top paper.

9. Place one hand underneath the bottom waxed paper sheet and another hand over the rolled-out pastry.

10. Quickly invert pastry into pie pan.

11. Carefully remove the second waxed paper sheet.

12. Adjust the pastry to fit in pan (there will be a 2-inch overhang).

13. Using a fork, make a few scattered holes in bottom of pastry sheet.

14. Roll out the second pastry, following above instructions.

15. Peel off the top paper and set the pastry aside while you finish preparing the cauliflower filling.

Finish  Cauliflower Filling, Assemble & Bake Tart:

1. Using a fork, stir the cheese, eggs, salt, black pepper, sugar and cinnamon into the cauliflower and mint mixture.

2. Gently mix the ingredients until they are uniform.

3. Using a spoon, transfer the filling to the pastry-lined pie plate.

4. Quickly invert the second pastry and place it over filling.

5. Peel off the waxed paper and discard it.

6. Meanwhile, using a knife, trim the pastry edges to one-inch.

7. Roll or curl the pastry edges in a downward motion so that they are tucked into the plate’s edge.

8. Slightly pinch pastry edges to create fluted edges.

9. Using a fork, make scattered holes in pastry (this will avoid ballooning while baking).

10. Cut 3 foil paper strips that measure 2 inches wide.

11. Cover the pastry edges with foil strips.

12. In the meantime, in a small bowl, make egg wash: mix together 1 egg yolk with 1 teaspoon cold water with a fork.

13. Using a pastry brush, brush the pie top with egg wash.

14. Place the tart on a rack set in center of oven.

15. Bake the tart for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove foil strips.

16. After removing foil strips, bake the tart for an additional 5 minutes.

17. Transfer tart to a counter to cool.

18. Serve the tart warm or at room temperature.

Text & Photograph ©2014 Nancy DeLucia Real

Halloween Pizza

Halloween Pizza

In Holidays, Pizzas, Savory Tarts & Quiches On October 17, 2012 0 Comments

For this vibrant pizza, you already know that I’m an advocate of pre-made pizza dough from Trader Joe’s® refrigerated section. It’s delicious, fast and easy.

These pizzas are perfect for that Halloween party you’ve been planning. Make a few of these pizzas (by doubling or tripling the recipe) in minutes. You’ll surely please all the spooks and zombies out there.

Have fun and stay safe on Halloween.

Active prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 13 to 15 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
One 16-ounce Trader Joe’s® plain, refrigerated pizza dough
3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 to 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 large yellow tomato, sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds
6 red grape tomatoes, cut in half
6 yellow grape tomatoes, cut in half
Salt and pepper, to taste
8 to 12 fresh basil leaves

1. Preheat oven to 450ºF.

2. Using a pastry brush or your fingers, spread the vegetable oil evenly on a 16-inch round  or 12 X 16-inch rectangular baking sheet.

3. Place the dough over the oiled sheet and flatten slightly.

4. Flip the dough over and begin stretching the dough gently with fingertips until it fits into sides of the baking sheet.

5. Brush the dough with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.

6. Arrange the shredded mozzarella evenly over pizza dough.

7. Follow with the yellow tomato rounds, red and yellow grape tomatoes.

8. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper and remaining olive oil and top the pizza with basil leaves.

9. Place sheet with pizza on a rack positioned in upper third of oven and bake for 10 to 11 minutes or until the crust edges begin to turn light golden.

10. Transfer the pizza to bottom rack and bake an additonal 4 to 5 minutes or until bottom of pizza is golden brown.

Serve immediately.

Wine paring suggestion: Pinot Grigio (white).

Text and Photograph ©2012 Nancy DeLucia Real

Pear & Gorgonzola Pizza

Pear & Gorgonzola Pizza

In Fun Foods, Pizzas, Savory Tarts & Quiches On May 15, 2011 2 Comments

ENTER OUR KITCHEN, WATCH & LEARN

If you’re not in the mood to make pizza, go and enjoy it at your favorite Italian restaurant.

By popular demand, I’m sharing my recipe for pear and gorgonzola pizza. And, all you need is pizza dough, pears, gorgonzola, mozzarella and oil. The best part is that all the ingredients (including premade dough) can be found at Trader Joe’s® stores. Prepare this pizza in less than 15 minutes.

Prep time: 10 to 15 minutes
Bake time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4 to 6 (as an appetizer)

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
One 16-ounce Trader Joe’s® plain, refrigerated pizza dough
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 to 1-1/2 large ripe pears (any variety), peeled, quartered, cored and cut into 1/16-inch thick slices
1/2 to 3/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese*
1/4 to 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 450ºF.

2. Using a pastry brush or your fingers, spread the vegetable oil evenly on a 12 X 16-inch rectangular or 16-inch round baking sheet.

3. Place the dough over oiled sheet and flatten slightly.

4. Flip the dough over and begin stretching the dough gently with fingertips until it fits into sides of baking sheet.

5. Brush the dough with olive oil. Arrange the pear slices evenly over dough, followed by the gorgonzola and mozzarella cheeses.

6. Place sheet with pizza on a rack positioned in upper third of oven and bake 10 to 11 minutes or until cheese begins to turn light golden.

7. Transfer the pizza to bottom rack and bake an additonal 4 to 5 minutes or until bottom of pizza is golden brown.

Serve the pizza hot with a green salad.

Wine suggestion: Cabernet Sauvignon

*Note: When assembling the pizza, use the lesser amount of the cheeses. If you are a cheese fanatic, feel free to add more.

Text & Photograph ©2011 Nancy DeLucia Real

A Quebecois Christmas - Tourtière

A Quebecois Christmas – Tourtière

In Holidays, Pizzas, Savory Tarts & Quiches On December 16, 2010 0 Comments

The French Canadian province of Quebec is home to a meat pie whose origins can be traced to the “tourtes” or savory pies of the Middle Ages in France. Encased in pastry, these pies were created to make use of roasted meats that were left over from a “festin” or banquet.

Present-day tourtières or pies are made with fresh meat and are absolutely exquisite. Using a combination of ground pork, beef or veal and potato and are served as part of the Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Eve dinner.

While baking, the pie spices will warm up your home with holiday aromas. Whenever I prepare tourtières, I am magically transported to my past Christmases where I suddenly see the snowy streets of Montreal lined with quaint homes or shops – all sparkling with yuletide lights and décor. And then, I imagine coming home to my family to enjoy “le reveillon de Noël”  to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. This is our modern-day, traditional Christmas banquet.

Merry Christmas and Bon Appétit!

Ingredients:
2 medium potatoes (will yield 1 cup mashed potato)
1-1/4 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
½ pound ground pork or veal
½ pound extra lean ground beef
½ cup finely chopped brown or white onion
Dash ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon each ground allspice and ground cinnamon
Dash each cloves and black pepper
Ready-made frozen pastry for one two-crust, 9-inch pie

1. Peel the potatoes and then cut them into one-inch cubes.

2. Immediately place potatoes in a 2-quart saucepot, covered with cold water.

3. Bring to a boil and stir in ½ teaspoon of the salt.

4. Cook on medium-high heat for 5 to 6 minutes, or until potatoes are fork-tender.

5. Drain potatoes completely and mash finely, removing all lumps.

6. Transfer the mashed potato to a glass or porcelain bowl; cover and set aside to cool.

7. Meanwhile, in a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat the oil on high setting.

8. Add meats, onion, remaining salt, spices and pepper.

9. Cook on medium-high heat, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, 4 to 5 minutes or until onion is translucent and meat is cooked through.

10. Drain the cooked meat to a colander set over a glass or porcelain bowl to drain; set aside.

Assemble the Pie:

1. Preheat oven to 425˚F and line a 9-inch glass or porcelain pie plate with one pâte brisée or readymade pastry sheet.

2. Using a fork, make intermittent holes in pastry-lined plate and set aside.

3. Transfer the drained meat in a 4-quart mixing bowl and stir in the mashed potato until mixture is uniform.

4. Carefully spread the meat filling evenly onto pastry-lined plate.

5. Place second pastry sheet over meat filling; trim edges and seal.

6. Using a fork, make intermittent holes over pastry top and cover edges of pastry with aluminum foil strips (this prevents burning).

7. Place pie on a rack positioned in center of oven and bake for 30 minutes.

8. Remove foil strips during last 5 minutes of baking.

Serve warm, garnished with ketchup (on the side or drizzled over each individual slice).

Wine pairing suggestion: Bordeaux (red).

Text and Photographs ©2010 Nancy DeLucia Real