Grilled Pizza

Grilled Pizza
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A Wonderful Pizza that you cook right on the BBQ!
Prep Time
60 minutes
Prep Time
60 minutes
Grilled Pizza
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A Wonderful Pizza that you cook right on the BBQ!
Prep Time
60 minutes
Prep Time
60 minutes
Instructions
  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water with the sugar.
  2. After 5 minutes stir in the salt, johnnycake meal, whole-wheat flour, and oil.
  3. Gradually add the white flour, stirring with a wooden spoon until a stiff dough has formed.
  4. Place the dough on a floured board, and knead it for several minutes, adding only enough additional flour to keep the dough from sticking.
  5. When the dough is smooth and shiny, transfer it to a bowl that has been brushed with olive oil.
  6. To prevent a skin from forming, brush the top of the dough with additional olive oil, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place, away from drafts, until doubled in bulk, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  7. Punch down the dough and knead once more. Let the dough rise again for about 40 minutes. Punch down the dough. If it is sticky, knead in a bit more flour. Divide into four balls.
  8. Cover the balls with plastic wrap and allow to rise at room temperature for about 45 minutes.
  9. While the dough is rising, prepare a hot charcoal fire, setting the grill rack 3 to 4 inches above the coals and set out topping ingredients.
  10. Place on dough on a large inverted cookie sheet brushed with 1 to 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.
  11. Turn the dough over to coat it with oil.
  12. With your hands, spread and flatten the pizza dough into a 10 to 12- inch free form circle, 1/8-inch thick.
  13. If you find the dough shrinking back into itself, allow the dough to rest for a few minutes, then continue to spread and flatten the dough.
  14. Do not make a lip, you may end up with a rectangle rather than a circle; the shape is unimportant.
  15. Take care not to stretch the dough so thin that small holes appear. If this happens, all is not lost. Rather than try to repair them, avoid them when adding toppings and drizzling with olive oil.
  16. When the fire is hot, use your fingertips to lift the dough gently by the two corners closest to you, and drape it onto the grill.
  17. Catch the loose edge on the grill first and guide the remaining dough into place over the fire.
  18. Within a minute, the dough will puff slightly, the underside will stiffen, and grill marks will appear.
  19. Using tongs, immediately flip the crust over onto the coolest part of the grill.
  20. Quickly brush the grilled surface with 2 teaspoons of virgin olive oil.
  21. Spread 1/4 cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, 2 tablespoons Pecorino Romano cheese, 1/4 cup Fontina cheese over the entire surface of the pizza.
  22. Dollop with 6 tablespoons of the tomatoes and top with 1 tablespoon of the parsley.
  23. Drizzle the entire pizza with virgin olive oil.
  24. After the toppings have been added, slide the pizza back toward the hot coals so about half of the pizza is directly over the heat.
  25. Rotate the pizza frequently so that different sections receive high heat checking the underside by lifting the edge with tongs to be sure it is not burning.
  26. The pizza is done when the top is bubbling and the cheese has melted.
  27. Garnish with basil and serve immediately.
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Cipolle Arrositite (Roast Onions)

Cipolle Arrositite (Roast Onions)
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Use either as a side dish or as part of an antipasto. Toss with fresh herbs such as oregano & serve as part of a salad.
Servings Prep Time
4 People 60 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 People 60 Minutes
Cipolle Arrositite (Roast Onions)
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Use either as a side dish or as part of an antipasto. Toss with fresh herbs such as oregano & serve as part of a salad.
Servings Prep Time
4 People 60 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 People 60 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  2. Do not peel the onions. Rub the outer skins well with the olive oil. Set them in an oiled baking pan, sprinkle with salt & pepper & bake for about 1 hour until soft & golden.
  3. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  4. Use either as a side dish or as part of an antipasto. Or toss with fresh herbs such as oregano & serve as part of a salad.
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Basil-Mint-Orange Pesto

Basil-Mint-Orange Pesto
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A different taste for the standard Pesto Sauce.
Servings Prep Time
1 Cup 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 Cup 30 minutes
Basil-Mint-Orange Pesto
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A different taste for the standard Pesto Sauce.
Servings Prep Time
1 Cup 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 Cup 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Cup
Instructions
  1. In processor, blend first 5 ingredients until almost smooth. With machine running, gradually add 1/4 cup olive oil by spoonfuls.
  2. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made ahead. Press plastic wrap onto surface of pesto. Cover and refrigerate up to 2 days or freeze up to 1 week. Bring to room temperature before using.)
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Agliata Per Pasta (Garlic & Walnut Sauce)

Agliata Per Pasta (Garlic & Walnut Sauce)
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Pasta Sauce for your favorite pasta.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Agliata Per Pasta (Garlic & Walnut Sauce)
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Pasta Sauce for your favorite pasta.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Soak the bread in the stock & then squeeze out any excess moisture.
  2. Combine the bread with the walnuts, parsley, garlic, salt & pepper in a food processor. Process, adding the olive oil in a very slow stream until you have a thick paste.
  3. Toss with your favourite pasta & serve hot.
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Anginares Me Anitho – Artichokes With Dill

Anginares Me Anitho - Artichokes With Dill
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Artichokes and Dill go together so well in this Italian dish.
Servings Prep Time
8 people 50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 50 minutes
Anginares Me Anitho - Artichokes With Dill
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Artichokes and Dill go together so well in this Italian dish.
Servings Prep Time
8 people 50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Wash artichokes well and cut off stem close to base. Have ready a bowl of cold water with the juice of 1 lemon and some lemon slices added.
  2. If desired stir in 2-3 tablespoons flour as this is quite effective in preventing discoloration.
  3. As each artichoke is prepared, rub cut surfaces with a lemon slice from the bowl and place in bowl until all are prepared. Cook as soon as possible after preparation.
  4. Remove 3 or 4 layers of leaves until the tender inner leaves remain. Scoop out choke and pink thorny leaves from centre, using a spoon or melon ball scoop. Cut in half.
  5. In a large pan gently fry spring onion in oil until soft.
  6. Add juice of 1/2 lemon, water, about 2 teaspoons salt and a good grinding of pepper. Bring to the boil.
  7. Drain prepared artichokes and add to pan with dill. Return to a slow simmer, cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes or until artichokes are tender.
  8. Strain cooking liquid into a pan and boil until reduced to half original quantity (about 1-1/2 cups).
  9. Keep artichokes hot in a slow oven.
  10. Mix cornflour to a paste with a little cold water and stir into simmering liquid. Stir until thickened and bubbling and leave to simmer gently.
  11. Beat eggs in a mixing bowl until light and frothy and gradually add remaining lemon juice.
  12. Gradually pour simmering stock into eggs, beating constantly.
  13. Return to pan and stir over low heat for a minute or 2 to cook the egg.
  14. Pile artichokes on a warm platter, pour sauce on top and sprinkle with chopped dill.
  15. Serve as a light meal or as a first course.
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Italian Tomato Bisque

Italian Tomato Bisque
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An Italian version of Tomato Bisque.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
Italian Tomato Bisque
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An Italian version of Tomato Bisque.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Blanch the tomatoes until skin comes loose, then skin, seed, and chop coarsely.
  2. Saute onion in butter a few minutes, then add all ingredients except the milk and cream.
  3. Simmer for about 25 minutes, and remove the cloves.
  4. Transfer to a blender or food processor, and puree. Add half and half, and the milk. (If preparing before-hand, put aside in the refrigerator at this point.)
  5. Heat up in a saucepan and sprinkle chives on top before serving.
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Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough
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Homemade Pizza is great. Here is a good recipe for the dough.
Prep Time
45 minutes
Prep Time
45 minutes
Pizza Dough
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Homemade Pizza is great. Here is a good recipe for the dough.
Prep Time
45 minutes
Prep Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and honey in 1/4-cup warm water.
  2. In a mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the flour and the salt. Add the oil, the yeast mixture, and the remaining 3/4 cup of water and mix on low speed until the dough comes cleanly away from the sides of the bowl and clusters around the dough hook, about 5 minutes. (The pizza dough can also be made in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Pulse once or twice, add the remaining ingredients, and process until the dough begins to form a ball.)
  3. Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface and knead by hand 2 or 3 minutes longer. The dough should be smooth and firm. Cover the dough with a clean, damp towel and let it rise in a warm spot for about 30 minutes. (When ready, the dough will stretch as it is lightly pulled).
  4. Divide the dough into 4 balls, about 6 ounces each. Work each ball by pulling down the sides and tucking under the bottom of the ball. Repeat 4 or 5 times. Then on a smooth, unfloured surface, roll the ball under the palm of your hand until the top of the dough is smooth and firm, about 1 minute.
  5. Cover the dough with a damp towel and let rest 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. At this point, the balls can be wrapped in plastic and refrigerated for up to 2 days.
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Four-Cheese Pizza with Pesto Sauce

Four-Cheese Pizza with Pesto Sauce
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There is nothing like homemade pizza! Here is a great recipe for four cheese pizza with a pesto sauce.
Servings Prep Time
3 people 180 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 people 180 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Four-Cheese Pizza with Pesto Sauce
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There is nothing like homemade pizza! Here is a great recipe for four cheese pizza with a pesto sauce.
Servings Prep Time
3 people 180 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 people 180 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
For the pizza Dough
For the pizza
Servings: people
Instructions
For the pizza dough
  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and honey in 1/4-cup warm water.
  2. In a mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the flour and the salt. Add the oil, the yeast mixture, and the remaining 3/4 cup of water and mix on low speed until the dough comes cleanly away from the sides of the bowl and clusters around the dough hook, about 5 minutes. (The pizza dough can also be made in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Pulse once or twice, add the remaining ingredients, and process until the dough begins to form a ball.)
  3. Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface and knead by hand 2 or 3 minutes longer. The dough should be smooth and firm. Cover the dough with a clean, damp towel and let it rise in a warm spot for about 30 minutes. (When ready, the dough will stretch as it is lightly pulled).
  4. Divide the dough into 4 balls, about 6 ounces each. Work each ball by pulling down the sides and tucking under the bottom of the ball. Repeat 4 or 5 times.
  5. Then on a smooth, unfloured surface, roll the ball under the palm of your hand until the top of the dough is smooth and firm, about 1 minute. Cover the dough with a damp towel and let rest 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. At this point, the balls can be wrapped in plastic and refrigerated for up to 2 days.
For the Pizza
  1. Place a pizza stone on the middle rack of the oven and preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
  2. To prepare each pizza, dip the ball of dough into flour, shake off the excess flour, place the dough on a clean, lightly floured surface, and start to stretch the dough. Press down on the center, spreading the dough into an 8-inch or 10-inch rounds, with the outer border a little thicker than the inner circle. If you find this difficult to do, use a small rolling pin to roll out the dough.
  3. Brush lightly with pesto and scatter the oven-dried tomatoes evenly around the inner circle of the pizza. Sprinkle the mozzarella and Fontina, arrange the slices of the Roma tomatoes, and then sprinkle with the goat cheese, oregano, thyme, and finally the Parmesan.
  4. Bake on the pizza stone until the pizza crust is nicely browned, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. When the pizza is removed from the oven, transfer to a cutting board and garnish with the chiffonade of basil leaves, cut the pizza into slices, and serve immediately.
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Pesto

Pesto
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Fresh basil, garlic, and pine nuts.
Prep Time
20 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Pesto
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Fresh basil, garlic, and pine nuts.
Prep Time
20 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. In a blender, pour in the oil first, then the garlic, nuts, and finally the basil leaves.
  2. Blend on low to a smooth paste. Season with the kosher salt.
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Spinach and Asparagus Frittata (Easy Version)

Spinach and Asparagus Frittata (Easy Version)
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This is a quick and easy method of making the Spinach and Asparagus Frittata.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Spinach and Asparagus Frittata (Easy Version)
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This is a quick and easy method of making the Spinach and Asparagus Frittata.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Ingredients
Filling
  • 1 pound spinach washed and drained, with stems removed
  • 1 pound asparagus cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or mashed
Egg Mixture
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat broiler. Mix ingredients well and pour into a greased 8-inch skillet and stir until set about 5 minutes.
  2. Place under broiler for 2 minutes until top is golden brown.
  3. Cut into slices or 1-inch squares for appetizers.
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