I have been looking forward to the week when our CSA, The Good Food Collective, would include fresh beets and broccoli in our weekly share because I have been super excited to recreate on of my favorite pizzas from last summer.
For this pizza I decided to replace mozzarella cheese with parmesan cheese and forgo spinach. I started by spreading on homemade pizza sauce, then I sprinkled on fresh parmesan cheese. I steamed the broccoli, chopped it, then tossed in on the pizza. The key to this pizza is the preparation of the beets – one of my favorite summertime pizza ingredients. Here’s how I like to prepare them. First, roast the whole beets a toaster oven for about 30 minutes. Next, cut the beets into bite sized pieces. Finally, toss them with a little olive oil, salt and pepper before putting them on the pizza.
Let the pizza bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese melted. Broccoli, beets and parmesan pizza is a summer delight!
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Photo by Dawn Fulmer
The third pizza created while I was in Indiana was a true collaboration. I suggested creating a pizza using zucchini picked from Uncle Al’s garden. Uncle Al decided we should include roasted garlic. We mashed it up with some olive oil before spreading it on the dough. My cousin Dawn had the brilliant idea to add caramelized onions. I have attempted caramelized onions in the past but haven’t had the patience to let them caramelize. Uncle Al taught me the proper technique and they turned out beautiful. My Aunt Dianna suggested using sliced parmesan cheese. On top of the cheese we added the sliced zucchini and the caramelized onions.
This pizza looked beautiful before we baked it, and smelled mouthwatering when we removed it from the oven. The flavors of this pizza married so well together. The sweetness from the caramelized onions, roasted garlic and fresh zucchini tasted amazing with the rich, sharp flavor of the parmesan cheese. I look forward to using caramelized onions in some of my future pizza creations.
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Oklahoma City, OK
Chicken Fried Steak is the official state meal of Oklahoma. If you visit Oklahoma City you’ll be sure to find CFS on the menu of almost every establishment. Most of the recipes I have turned into pizzas to date have been dishes that I have eaten at some point or another. But this pizza presented a different challenge because I’ve never had CFS!
I started by tenderizing bottom round steak. I placed each piece of steak between two pieces of plastic wrap, then pounded them with a rolling pin. This part was pretty fun and kind of cathartic. Next, I sliced the meat into bite sized pieces. In prep for frying the steaks I set up three bowls. The first contained all purpose flour, salt and pepper. The second bowl held one egg and a splash of water. The third bowl held Heart Healthy Bisquick baking mix. I chose Heart Healthy hoping it would make up for some of the frying! I dipped the steak bits in each of the three bowls before I dropped them into a pre-heated pan with canola oil in it. The steak pieces cooked for about three minutes on each side until they were golden brown. When finished, I kept them warm in the toaster oven while I made the gravy.
I used drippings from the steak, whisked in flour and some skim milk. After it had thickened and simmered for about 5 minutes I added a bit of parmesan cheese. To assemble the pizza I spread on the thickened gravy, arranged the bite sized pieces of chicken fried steak, then sprinkled on some more parmesan cheese.
The pizza smelled delicious while baking and it tasted even better. I haven’t eaten at Kentucky Fried Chicken since I was 10. But, I swear the steak had that distinct fried/biscuit flavor that I remember fondly. We made sure to use restraint when eating this pizza so we didn’t overload on the fried goodness of the steak and the hearty gravy, but we definitely enjoyed my chicken fried steak pizza!
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