Mortadella Pizza + Pear, Date and Burrata Pizza with Crispy Sage

On Friday I said that the week had flown by.  And here I am on Monday telling you that the weekend flew by even faster.  Why does that happen?  On Saturday I taught before we headed to get pedicures.  That’s right, Big Guy requested we get pedicures and they were awesome.  We had plans in Raleigh on Saturday evening and we headed that way early afternoon.  Before heading to dinner, we had a little happy hour at Vivace complete with wine and a delicious cheese plate.  We had the best time hanging out.

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We didn’t want to leave but we needed to head back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.  We had reservations at Second Empire, an amazing restaurant that we love but haven’t been in years.  I didn’t snap in pictures at dinner because I really just wanted to enjoy my time with the husband.  It was an incredible dinner and I am so thankful for our date nights.

Sunday ended up being incredibly fun after a last minute decision to invite some friends over for pizza.  The recipe for the dough requires a little time but it ended up being a great crust.  One of the pizza was topped with mortadella, an Italian sausage that is studded with pistachios, as well as mozzarella, parmesan and a pistachio-oil drizzle.  The other pizza was full of flavor with juicy pear slices, sweet dates, creamy burrata and crispy fried sage.

The pizzas were so different but super yummy.  I will never get tired of pizza Sunday.

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And now it’s back to the grind.  This week is a busy one but I’m looking forward to a few dinners at home and a fun weekend that lies ahead.

 

White Pizza with Garlic Sauce and Herbs

Good morning, friends!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  Friday night was super low-key and we were definitely in bed before 9pm.  I was up early on Saturday to teach a “Saturday Sweat” circuit and then I quickly beautified myself and headed out to a baby shower.  Our group of friends is about half pregnant, half not at this moment.  A few years ago it felt like we went to a wedding  month, now it’s a baby shower a month.  Saturday night we were absolutely spoiled and got treated to an amazing dinner with some fantastic wine.

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Yesterday we enjoyed some fun in the sun before heading home for pizza night.  Pizza Sunday is the best and I was super excited to bring it back after a few weeks of not “celebrating.”  We went with a White Pizza that was loaded with cheese and fresh herbs and a garlic sauce that was soooooo good.

Unfortunately I had to leave off the burrata because it’s just not a cheese I can get my hands on around here and I left off the provolone but used a little more parmesan.  You could use any herb you have in your garden and I ended up chopping some basil, parsley and thyme to sprinkle on top of our pizza pie.

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Yum.

And now I’m fueling with coffee and about to tackle the to-do list including menu planning, grocery shopping, preparing the workouts for the week and squeezing in a workout of my own.

Have a great week!

 

Grilled Mushroom Pizza with Rosemary and Smoked Mozzarella

Name your favorite food.

So hard, right!!!???

I honestly have no idea what my last meal would be but pizza is a strong contender.

There are just SO many toppings you can put on a piece of homemade crust and the end result is absolutely amazing.

Our latest creation included pulling out the smoker but I am confident that you live in a bigger city than us and can find smoked mozzarella.

And yes, this pizza does not include meat but I promise you will not miss it between the smoked mozzarella, fresh herbs and mushrooms.

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If you need the “how to” to smoked mozz, please talk to Big Guy.  All I know is that it involved ice, the smoker and some close supervision.

Pizza Sunday should be a National Holiday.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

When I think of summer I think of the beach, flip-flops, the smell of sunscreen, pineapple cocktails and burgers.

This past weekend we indulged in almost all of the above – instead of the beach we headed to the pool and we had a twist on a burger.  We put all your favorite burger components on a pizza crust.  And it was amazing.

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I opted to use our favorite no-fail pizza crust recipe from Jessica instead of the recipe for the thin-crust dough that was in the original recipe.

And then we piled on the burger, I mean, pizza, I mean, burger toppings:

Pizza sauce (instead of ketchup)

Cooked and crumbled ground beef

Mozzarella for ultimate cheesiness

Pepper Jack cheese for a little KICK

Bacon, cooked and crumbled – because bacon makes everything better

Thinly sliced red onion

Pickles – lots and lots of pickles

The pizza was baked until the crust was browned and cooked through and then I sprinkled on some salad (aka parsley).

You can’t go wrong with a pizza.

And you can’t go wrong with a burger.

So you obviously can’t go wrong by combining the two.

 

Sausage, Bacon and Burrata Pizza

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Don’t we all wish we were on a tropical island with palm trees, sunshine and drinks in coconuts?

Thankfully the fun weekend we just had will get me through today.  My brother and sister-in-law were in town and we had an absolute blast.  I still can’t believe how much we squeezed into the 36 hours there were here.

After they left yesterday, we headed out for a long walk because it was GORGEOUS here.  Post-walk, we simple relaxed and enjoyed the day.  Perhaps I even had a glass of wine.

We went back to our pizza tradition and put together a burrata breakfast pizza.   But according to Big Guy we’re referring to it as the sausage, bacon and burrata pizza since we most definitely ate it for dinner and not breakfast.  Though it would be a pretty amazing pizza to have with mimosas at about 11:30am on a Saturday or Sunday.  Just saying.

I was able to find burrata at Trader Joes.  Like I’ve mentioned before it’s a little more difficult to find but totally worth the search.  It is the only cheese on the pizza and it’s truly cheesy and dreamy.

On top, eggs that are slightly runny.  You can totally leave them off but we used quail eggs because we’re different and weird.  But I love being different and weird – especially with pizza.

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Make this week a good one!

Ricotta, Tart Cherry and Italian Sausage Pizza

Good morning, friends!  I hope you had a fantastic weekend.  The weather was beyond gorgeous here and we took advantage by spending lots of time outside.  Friday night we had an easy, low-key night in (super delicious chicken dish coming your way this week) and on Saturday we went to Greenville for the spring football game (Pirates won! – hah) and lunch with Big Guy’s sister.  Saturday night was full of so much delicious food and wine.  Sunday morning involved a long walk and a social event at a local brewery.  Obviously the day ended with pizza.  And it was a good one.

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We used our favorite crust recipe from Seriously Delish – I highly recommend this cookbook if not just for this recipe.  But you can also find lots of deliciousness on her blog.  The unbaked crust is topped with whipped ricotta which is simply ricotta that’s been whirled in the food processor until smooth.  On top of the ricotta, lots and lots of mozzarella cheese.  Then comes the sweetness.  Dried cherries are soaked in red wine for the most glorious sweet and tart bite.  Those sweet nuggets go on top of the mozzarella followed by cooked and crumbled Italian sausage and a final sprinkle of pistachios.

The flavor and ingredient combo is so unexpected but it’s so unbelievable perfect.

Sundays are so much better when there’s pizza.

 

 

Friday Favorites.

Happy Friday!  I apologize for the lack of recipe sharing this week but it’s been quiet around our house.  Big Guy was out of town all week so it was lots of snack plates and eating whatever we had around the house.  But I promise I’ll be back next week with a recipe or  two four.  This weekend should be a fun one!  We have Supper Club and a sushi-date planned.  Other than that, we’ll be soaking up some “nothingness” before the season of craziness begins.  Before we wrap up the work week, here are my favorites of the week:

Favorite Round-Up:  50 Thanksgiving Recipes.  Thanksgiving is less than a week away.  If you’re still trying to finalize your menu, this might give you some ideas.

 

Favorite Crispy:  French Onion Soup Arancini.   I’ve been wanting to experiment with homemade arancini for a while now.  Crunchy on the outside, luscious on the inside.

 

Favorite Meatless Monday:  Hearty Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili.  Totally adding this to my dinner menu ASAP.

 

Favorite List:  21 Things Life Is Too Short Not To Do.  My favorites:  #1, #7 (but make it a mimosa), #8, #12, #13, #15, #20.

 

Favorite Slurp:  Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic Soup with Caramelized Onions.    How beautiful would this be for a holiday dinner party?

 

Favorite Flavors:  Warm Caramelized Fennel and Leek Cheese Dip.  I heart fennel and leeks.

 

Favorite Freshly Baked:  Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Brioche Bread.   Breakfast or dessert?  Who really cares!

 

Favorite Fall:  Roasted Grape Sage Pizza.  We skipped “pizza Sunday” last week…

 

Favorite Brunch:  Apple Cider Fritters.    But I think eating these would require sitting by a fire.

 

Favorite Cocktail:  Spiced Pear Sangria.  Might as well go ahead and make a double batch.

 

Cheers!