For some reason I got to a real cooking spot today. I was inspired by The Pioneer Woman’s Blog. I must give my dear friend Laura credit for directing me to this delightful little blog! Seriously, this woman does it all. I hope to be her one day. And her recipes are magnificent – my kind of cooking! Today I found two delicious recipes there. The first recipe I found was for spaghetti squash. I happened to have one in the fridge so I decided to make it for a nice Sunday afternoon lunch accompanied with broiled chicken and bow tie pasta.
Here is the squash after I baked it at 375 for 40 minutes. Nice and soft and ready to be cut in half!
Next, I cut the squash in half lengthwise and scooped out the seeds.
After that I carefully scooped out the entire squash until I had a bowl full of “noodles” ready to be tossed in olive oil, cinnamon, and salt and pepper. So simple and so delicious!
I also made this bow tie pasta — just drizzle with olive oil, a little bit of lemon juice, add some crushed garlic and salt and pepper and it’s delicious.
I wish I had a photo of the final product, but I think I got too hungry to wait for picture taking by the time it was all done.
Then, my friend Jackie called me to see what I was doing for dinner and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make the Pioneer Woman’s Favorite Pizza I read about this morning! So off to Trader Joe’s we went to get our ingredients and then headed back to her place to put them all together. I took the liberty of making a few of my own adjustments to the recipe (namely adding sausage — what good is pizza without meat?)
We did cheat just a little bit — since we were limited on time we bought pre-made pizza dough from TJ’s. So that part was already taken care of so we started by slicing up the eggplant and sprinkling it with salt before letting it sit in a colander in the sink for about 20-30 minutes. This apparently gets rid of the bitter juices, GTK.
Then, we cut up some grape tomatoes lengthwise in half and added them to a bowl with crushed garlic.
Next, we rolled out the pizza crust to form a rectangle — just the perfect size to fit onto a cookie sheet — and spread olive oil all over the top (if we had it to do again we would have spread some garlic and fresh herbs on it as well).
In the meantime our eggplant was de-bitter-ified by the salt/colander process and we cut it each slice into 8 pie shaped pieces, covered them with olive oil, and put the slices in the oven to be broiled for 3 minutes on each side.
After cutting our sun-dried tomato sausage into slices we cooked it in a skillet just to lightly brown it.
After our eggplant had a chance to broil for 3 minutes on each side, we added the tomatoes and garlic and put it back in to broil for another 3 minutes.
Finally it was broiled to perfection!
We covered the crust with mozzarella (ours was shredded, not fresh sliced like the PW recipe calls for)…
Added the roasted veggies….
And the sausage with a little bit of salt and pepper on top, and voila! Pizza alla Pioneer Woman!
Then we just had to throw it in the 500 degree oven for 10 minutes (if we had it to do over we would do 9 or 9.5) and out came this beautiful and delicious pizza!
We ate it family style on the floor around the coffee table with some french onion soup…
And enjoyed every last bite.
Here’s to good friends, new recipes, and restful Sundays that let you enjoy both!