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I’m still so full from all the holiday eating. I’d be happy with something super simple, like a fried egg and toast! We checked out a new food hall today, which is housed in a renovated post office in downtown Houston. I of course wanted to sample one of everything. My family voted for homemade pizza for dinner. We’ll make my Spicy Pig Pizza recipe from a recent Houston Chronicle article. There’s a pay wall for subscribers, so here’s the recipe:
Spicy Pig Pizza with Hot Honey
- One round of uncooked pizza dough
- 6 ounces Quattro Formaggi shredded cheese
- 1/4 cup Arrabiatta Sauce
- 14 slices Spicy Coppa from a container of Spicy Uncured Charcuterie
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon Italian Pepper Bomba Sauce or red pepper flakes
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Get out the prepared pizza dough and let it come to room temperature so it’s easier to roll out. I let it rest on the counter for about 30 minutes before rolling.
- Heat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Roll out the pizza on a lightly floured surface into a round, starting from the center and working out.
- Top with a thin layer of the sauce, leaving a ½-inch rim of dough that’s free of sauce. Add shredded cheese and top with slices of Coppa. If you’d like, sprinkle the outside ½-inch edge of the pizza with a little kosher salt for extra flavor.
- Bake for about 5-7 minutes, until edges of Coppa are crispy and the dough is golden brown. While it’s baking, stir together the honey and red pepper sauce.
- Remove the pizza from the oven and drizzle with the hot honey. Cut into slices and serve.
Meatless Monday is looking good! Parmesan risotto with fried sage, roasted butternut squash, and a tart salad tossed with, you guessed it, super simple salad dressing. My oldest made a batch of foccaccia for the perfect Italian themed dinner.
Scouts, homework, and a busy night! I defrosted some local wagju beef for an easy Instant Pot stew! Planning to add a touch of harissa to add a little spice.
It’s a double header cooking class day, with a big mother-daughter group for a holiday class. I’m thinking slow cooker chicken pumpkin curry for dinner. I have a jar of Trader Joe’s pumpkin curry simmer sauce, so I’m cheating. I’ll add cubed chicken breast, some cauliflower or baby potatoes, greens and red peppers. I like to add a can of coconut milk and top each bowl with a squeeze of lime and cilantro.
I’m prepping for a fun trunk show with Buru and Hunter Bell at my house Friday! To keep my casa clean for an early morning start, we might be going out for a quick dinner! My lowest mess ideas (if we stay home) is a one-pot sesame chicken and broccoli (made in the Instant Pot).
I’m hosting a happy hour with ginger margaritas (I just do equal amounts ginger beer, lime juice and tequila), cassis spritzes, and the ultimate cheese board. Watch your email for trunk show info if you’re local to Houston!