Recipe: The dish with no name

Hey everybody!

So here is one of the 2 recipes that I promised you yesterday!
I created this recipe a few years ago after seeing a tv show. It was a recipe that was originally brought over from the Ukraine, but since they never released the recipe I had to make it up from memory!
It is a mix between a pizza and a calzone, but has a ground meat filling with lots of onions, paprika, and garlic!

The dish with no name recipe

Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough (check out this link for the recipe)
  • 1 pound ground beef or sausage
  • 2 large yellow onions, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to: 375 degrees F
  2. In a medium sauce pan, lightly brown the yellow onions and garlic, this should take from 5-7 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cooked onions and garlic with the meat, paprika, chili powder, oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Roll out 2, 12″ pizza crusts. On a large baking tray, place a piece of parchment paper a little larger than the pizza crust. Place one of the pizza crusts on the parchment paper.
  5. Spread the meat mixture on the pizza crust so it forms a layer around 1/2″ thick, make sure you leave a 1″ gap of dough with no meat around the outside.
  6. Place the second crust on top of the meat mixture. Pinch the top crust together with the bottom crust.
  7. Lightly oil the top, and sprinkle some coarse salt on as well.
  8. Place in oven and cook for 25-30 minutes. Check that the meat is cooked through with a thermometer, and remove from the oven.
  9. Let sit for 2-3 minutes, cut into 8 pieces and serve!

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Recipe: Lemon poached pears

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Tonight I was wanting some kind of dessert, but I didn’t feel like baking or slaving over the stove for a few hours! So here is a quick and easy dessert that I’m sure you will want to try again!

Lemon poached pear recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 Bosc pears (halved and cored)

Instructions:

  1. In a medium pot, mix the sugar, water, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Bring the mixture up to a boil and then add the pears.
  2. Turn the heat down so the mixture is just simmering, cover and poach for 3-5 minutes or until pears are soft but still have some texture.
  3. Serve immediately with vanilla ice cream and some lemon zest for garnish

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Preview: Bacon ice cream part 2 and the dish with no name!

Hey everyone!

I’ve been super busy with my studies this week so I haven’t had too much time to post any new recipes. But tomorrow I will!

I’m going to be putting up the second part of the Bacon Ice cream series, and a new dish that I have yet to name! It has a hungarian background, but since I don’t speak Hungarian I have no Idea how to spell it!

Check back tomorrow for the recipes!

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Part 1: Bacon ice cream 3 ways!

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I don’t have time to post all 3 recipes for the bacon ice cream, but I have enough time to do one!

I got the idea originally from Smokin bones a few weeks ago, and ever since I thought I could do better! So here is my interpretation of the bacon ice cream I had at Smokin bones.

Vanilla ice cream with bacon brittle

Ingredients:

  • Good quality vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bacon (reserve 1 tbsp for garnish)

Preparations and Cooking:

  1. In a small pot, mix the sugar, corn syrup, and water together. On medium heat, combine the mixture until clear. Turn the heat up to medium/high and boil (do not stir!), using a candy thermometer bring the mixture up to 300 degrees F (hard crack). 
  2. immediately take the sugar mixture off the heat, Mix the baking soda, butter, vanilla, and bacon into the sugar mixture. (this might get a bit scary because it bubbles, but it’s okay!)
  3. When the bubbles subside, pour onto a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper.
  4. Allow to cool for 30 minutes
  5. Break the brittle into pieces and put half of the brittle into a food processor. Blend the brittle in the food processor until it is the texture of coarse corn meal, pour the mixture into a bowl.
  6. Scoop out a ball of ice cream and roll it in the bacon brittle until it is completely covered.
  7. Serve with a piece of the intact bacon brittle and some crumbled bacon for garnish.

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Sneak peak: Bacon ice cream 3 ways

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This weekend has been a little crazy, so I haven’t been able to come up with any full new recipes, but I will have some tomorrow for you! I have been playing with the idea of bacon ice cream ever since I had it at Smokin bones. I really think that there is some untapped bacon goodness in this concept, so ill be doing my interpretation!

Check back tomorrow to see how it turns out!

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Jake’s thin crust pizza with Prosciutto and Cremini mushrooms

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Here is my absolute favourite thin crust pizza recipe! It is not like any of the pizza that you get from your local pizza place, it is super thin, crispy, and has very little toppings!

I have been making pizza this way for the past 4 years and I have yet to find anyone who doesn’t love this pizza! Make sure you use a pizza stone, this is not optional! It is a requirement!

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Pizza dough recipe

Dough Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Coarse corn meal

Topping Ingredients:

  • 150 grams thin slice Prosciutto
  • 5 Cremini mushrooms, slice thinly
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • Unripened goats cheese
  • Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • Balsamic glaze
  • Small handful fresh basil
  • Olive oil

Preparations/cooking:

  1. Place pizza stone on the lowest rack, preheat the oven to 550 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine 1 1/4 cups of the flour, the yeast, and the salt; add the warm water to the flour mixture. Mix with an electric mixer on low for 30 seconds. Once all the ingredients are mixed, turn on high and mix for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Stir as much of the remaining flour in with a wooden spoon.
  3. Lightly flour a clean surface and knead dough until moderately stiff dough, (around 4-5 minutes). Let it sit for 5 minutes before rolling out.
  4. Cut the dough into 4 equal parts. On a clean, lightly floured surface, roll out as thin as possible, this should make at least a 12″ circle.
  5. Turn a baking sheet upside down and spread 1 tbsp course corn meal on it (this helps the dough slide off the baking pan). Place the dough gently on the baking sheet.
  6. Lightly oil the dough and the spread a thin layer of tomato sauce on top. Top with prosciutto, mushrooms, basil, desired amount of goats cheese, and parmesan. Drizzle on a generous amount of balsamic.
  7. Slide off the pan onto the pizza stone with a spatula.
  8. Cook until the top starts to brown and the crust is crisp (approx. 5-7 minutes).
  9. Remove from the oven and cut, serve immediately!

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Sneak peak: Thin crust pizza!

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This is just a sneak peek of what I will be posting in a few hours! This is the first time that I have shown anyone my thin crust pizza recipe and I really hope everyone will give it a try, and let me know how it works out!

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Sicilian street salad

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Hope you have enjoyed all the recipes that I have posted over the last few days! I’ve got lots more to come, and I’ve even got a restaurant review that I will be posting next week! But let’s get to the reason I’m posting today! I was feeling like a break from the heavy dinners I usually cook at this time of year and decided to go with something nice and light! So I thought, why not make a salad? Usually I don’t think like this, my brain instantly blocks salad from my conscious thoughts, but today I broke through that barrier! This recipe was inspired by a Jamie Oliver recipe from many years ago on his trip to Italy. He called it a Street salad (Insalata di strada), with the inspiration from a street market in Sicily.

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Sicilian street salad

Salad ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound new potatoes
  • 1/2 pound purple new potatoes
  • 4 handfuls mixed salad leaves (green lettuce, arugula, romaine)
  • 1/2 fennel bulb, sliced paper-thin with mandoline, reserve tops for garnish
  • 1/2 fennel bulb, slice thin but not paper-thin, reserve for cooking
  • 1/4 Meyer lemon, sliced paper-thin on the mandoline
  • Salt and pepper

Tangerine dressing ingredients:

Preparations/cooking:

  1. Wash the potatoes and add to a lightly salted pot of boiling water, boil until they are soft but still hold their shape. While the potatoes are boiling, heat a small pan on medium with a splash of olive oil, add the reserved half of the sliced fennel and fry until slightly golden.
  2. While the potatoes and fennel are cooking, wash the greens and fennel, toss in a large bowl.
  3. For the dressing, Mix the tangerine juice, wine and balsamic vinegar, and about twice as much oil (equal parts olive and grapeseed oil). Add the mustard, capers, and oregano and season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix everything together.
  4. When the fennel is browned, remove from heat and set aside. Once the potatoes are tender, drain and let them steam in the colander for a few minutes. Slice them in half and throw them into the salad along with the grilled fennel. Dress and serve immediately.

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Roast mushrooms with Goats cheese and Balsamic Glaze

Hey everybody! I would first like to thank everybody who is reading this blog! I’m really happy to share that every day my page views are doubling, and it makes me want to post tons of new and even more exciting recipes and photos!

So today I didn’t really want to cook a complicated lunch, so I didn’t! I took a few simple ingredients and turned it into a mouth-watering lunch or appetizer!

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Roast mushrooms with Goats cheese and Balsamic Glaze

Ingredients:

  • 1 Portobello mushroom, sliced thinly
  • 8 Cremini mushrooms, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goats cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp balsamic glaze (refer to previous blog post for recipe)
  • good quality olive oil to drizzle on top
  • salt
  • pepper

Preparations:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F, and line a 12″ by 18″ baking sheet with tin foil.
  2. Spread the mushrooms across baking sheet evenly so that they are not overlapping. Sprinkle goats cheese and parmesan cheese on top of the mushrooms evenly so that each slice gets a little bit of cheese. Add a pinch of salt and pepper on the mushrooms and drizzle generously with good quality olive oil.

Cooking:

  1. Place pan in oven and allow to cook for 4-5 minutes until the cheese is melted but not browned. Turn the broiler on and cook mushrooms until cheese starts to brown and become crisp. Be careful, this only takes a minute or two, so I recommend watching to make sure they don’t burn!
  2. Remove from oven and immediately transfer to a serving dish. Drizzle with the balsamic glaze and serve immediately!

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Sneak peak: Quick and easy lunch

So today I didn’t really want to cook a complicated lunch, so I didn’t! I took a few simple ingredients and turned it into a mouth-watering lunch or appetizer! All I’m going to tell you is that you’ll need to make that balsamic glaze that I posted yesterday!

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Bacon is a veg

 

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