Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pork, Pizza and Pinot

Pork and pizza. Doesn’t that sound like a perfect combination? My son and his family came to visit again this weekend and my delightful daughter-in-law wanted to try a recipe for us. They went to a birthday celebration last weekend held in a private room in an upscale bar. She got only one bite of a party appetizer before they were ejected because Isaac, at three months, is underage. He’s off to an early start at getting thrown out of bars! But the good news was that she loved the appetizer and wanted to recreate the flavors.

Her goal was to make a quick version of pizza, since with a new baby, she doesn’t have much time to cook. The ingredients consisted of:

Trader Joes’ pizza dough
Gouda cheese slices
Trader Joes’ pork for carnitas
Honey Crisp apples, thinly sliced
Red onion, thinly sliced
Whatever barbecue sauce you have on hand

Bake the pizza dough according to directions on a pizza stone for a crispy crust. Cook pork in the microwave according to directions. Remove crust from oven and spread a thin layer of barbecue sauce on top. Layer slices of Gouda cheese, apple slices and onion slices. Spread pork on top. Return to oven and cook until cheese melts.

The apples remain crisp and are a nice contrast with the melted cheese. I wouldn't recommend substituting another variety of apple - Honey Crisp is perfect for this recipe. It is sweet and crisp and maintains its texture when cooked. Cilantro would have been a good addition, but what we found in the frig was past its prime. We served the pizza for a late lunch on Halloween afternoon with a favorite Pinot Noir, the La Honda “Sequence.”

Since it is Halloween, I'll share this photo of my grandson Isaac at the pumpkin patch. His mom and I took him there on Friday and he was not amused. Apparently our enthusiasm for pumpkins is not infectious. Maybe when he can eat pumpkin pie, he'll feel differently. I was chastised for feeding his dad pumpkin pie (among other things) when he was a baby. I suspect Isaac's parents will be far more discerning when selecting appropriate baby foods.

1 comment:

  1. The "pizza" sounds great!! Love all of the TJ's ingredients, but not as much as I love that pic of Isaac. Absolutely adorable.

    Saw your note on our post tonight and I too was glued to the tv! Tonight is my dad's birthday and he was over watching the game with us. He's pretty darn happy!!