Sunday, October 31, 2010
Pork, Pizza and Pinot
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
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.