Meatless Somedays: Not Your Average Pizza Night

Hello!

We did meatless night this past Wednesday, and I thought it was high time to make pizza from scratch. That’s something I have always enjoyed doing, although it’s been a long time since I have actually made dough from scratch; I think that’s something I’m going to do next time we make pizza on meatless night. But the reason that I chose pizza this time was because I ran across an interesting recipe on about.com for an apple pizza. According to this recipe, “[u]nlike other fruit pizza recipes, this is a savory main dish . . . and not a sweet fruit dessert pizza.”

I took the recipe and ran with it, reducing the number of apples on the pizza to two, adding half a large sweet potato – sliced thin – in the third apple’s stead, and adding 1/4 of a white onion, chopped, on top of the cheese. We figured the flavors of the sweet potato and the onion would complement the apples, and we were right. I finished off the pizza by brushing the crust around the edge with olive oil and then dusting it with cinnamon and garlic powder.

Karisa’s contribution this week was another recipe from Daily Unadventures in Cooking for Crispy Cauliflower with Lemon and Salt. For once, I think we managed to make something to the letter of the recipe! Links for both recipes are at the bottom of the post, as well as the modified pizza recipe.

Both dishes turned out great. I have to admit that I failed to plan in advance for the pizza – I had it in the oven for about fifteen minutes, and then I broiled the top to brown the cheese. If I had remembered my pizza wizardry from years at Little Caesars and Guido’s in Pontiac, I would have baked the crust (a Pillsbury scary-popping can crust) for 5-10 minutes before actually adding the toppings because without having done so the crust was pretty soft in the middle of the pie. However, it was still awesome and I basically ate about three-quarters of the pizza because I hate keeping leftovers, only to pitch them a week later. Also, I’ve learned to embrace the fact that I’m basically a ravenous beast at dinner. Regardless, I got out of the shower this morning and weighed myself at an all-time-low. If that doesn’t convince you that apple/onion/sweet potato pizza with 1/2 pound of white cheddar is totally healthy, I don’t know what does.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention: I put 1/2 pound of shredded sharp white cheddar on the pizza. That’s extra cheese.

Fortunately, the halogen bulbs in the kitchen ceiling light are much less depressing than the CFLs in the dining room.
The cauliflower. Light and lemony, not as crispy as the recipe implies, except for the cajun-style lemon zest.

Crispy Cauliflower with Lemon and Salt Recipe | Daily Unadventures in Cooking
Apple Pizza Recipe | About.com
Rob Lobster’s Healthy Harvest Pizza

Do me a favor: go have an adventure this weekend.

– Rob

 

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2 thoughts on “Meatless Somedays: Not Your Average Pizza Night”

  1. The pizza looks very good! Glad you enjoyed the cauliflower recipe. Sorry for the burnt lemon zest, I actually didn’t use strip but rather used a rasp to get very fine zest. Also, make sure your cauliflower is as dry as possible for optimal crisping!

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