15
Feb 12

Shaved Asparagus and Pancetta “I Love You” Pizza

Hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day whether it was with your lover or your friends…or your dog! My hubby and I are pretty laid-back in that we like to stay in…a lot! If we eat out, it takes away the cooking part, which is one of our favorite things to do together. During the weekdays, I do most of the cooking by myself before he gets home, so I can feed the hungry hubby as soon as he comes. Today was no different, and I was excited to surprise him with my  pizza in honor of Valentine’s Day. You can see a recap of our Valentine’s Day here.

Shaved Asparagus and Pancetta “I Love You” Pizza

Ingredients:

  • store bought pizza dough (I get mine from Trader Joe’s or Sprouts.)
  • asparagus
  • diced pancetta (4 oz. package from Trader Joe’s)
  • minced garlic
  • grated mozzarella cheese
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • flour
  • red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven with pizza stone (if using) at 450° (if using parchment paper) or 550°. Let dough rest outside for about 20 minutes.
  2. Shave asparagus stalks using a vegetable peeler. Season with olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  3. Cook diced pancetta with minced garlic and black pepper on a small pan over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until cooked thoroughly. Place cooked pancetta over paper towel on a dish or bowl to soak excess grease.
  4. Lightly sprinkle flour on parchment paper or pizza pan. Roll out dough into a heart shape.
  5. Assemble with grated mozzarella cheese, shaved asparagus, pancetta, and more cheese.
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on your taste. Enjoy!

This is my least favorite part (letting the dough rest), because I’m always so eager to start assembling! But this time it didn’t matter, since there was some necessary prepping of the toppings.

Hold the woody end of the asparagus and shave away. After doing this, I wonder if a Y-shaped peeler might be easier to work with. Shave as much as you think you need for your pizza. I think I shaved about 10. Oh, and I recommend getting the thicker ones. Thin ones are a pain.

When you think you have enough, toss them in a bowl with EVOO, salt, and pepper. It’s tasty as-is too!

Cook the diced pancetta thoroughly for about 5 minutes. Admire the little bits of goodness.

Place them over a paper towel in a bowl or dish unless you want a really greasy pizza. Hey, some people might.

Now flour your surface. I used Pam Spray, because my hubby used all the flour trying to bake bread, “trying” being the operative word here. I never roll the dough. That’s hubby’s job, but today I really wanted to surprise him with the heart. I know it doesn’t look like the perfect surface, but it’s harder than imagined! But the shape is pretty darn good, isn’t it?

Generously sprinkle grated mozzarella. I like to use part skim whenever possible.

Layer with shaved asparagus, pancetta, and more mozzarella. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes, if you want to spice it up.

Send the beauty off into the oven, and bake for 10-15 minutes. Hubby likes it really browned (slightly burnt).

OK, so this was my first time using parchment paper, and I’m not sure if it’s supposed to look like this. The box says that it’s safe to 420°, but I went for 450°. Can anyone give me any input on this? But at least it looks cool.

Fancy pizza cutter, isn’t it? We got it as a gift from our dear friends, Paul & Ashley, along with the pizza stone. We love them! The stone and the cutter, I mean. But we love Paul & Ashley too.

If you’ve never tried asparagus on your pizza, try it now! You don’t even have to shave it, if you’re lazy. Just cut them in half lengthwise and then into couple inches in length. I assure you will love! For a vegetarian pizza, omit the pancetta.

Doesn’t this look like art?

Shaved Asparagus and Pancetta “I Love You” Pizza

Ingredients

• store bought pizza dough (I get mine from Trader Joe's or Sprouts.)
• asparagus
• diced pancetta (4 oz. package from Trader Joe's)
• minced garlic
• grated mozzarella cheese
• extra virgin olive oil
• salt and pepper
• flour
• red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven with pizza stone (if using) at 450° (if using parchment paper) or 550°. Let dough rest outside for about 20 minutes.
2. Shave asparagus stalks using a vegetable peeler. Season with olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
3. Cook diced pancetta with minced garlic and black pepper on a small pan over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until cooked thoroughly. Place cooked pancetta over paper towel on a dish or bowl to soak excess grease.
4. Lightly sprinkle flour on parchment paper or pizza pan. Roll out dough into a heart shape.
5. Assemble with grated mozzarella cheese, shaved asparagus, pancetta, and more cheese.
6. Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on your taste. Enjoy!
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28
Dec 11

Bulgogi (Korean Marinated Beef) and Mashed Sweet Potato Pizza

I think I have a new favorite pizza. This was seriously one of the best pizzas that I’ve ever made at home, and the hubby couldn’t agree more. He was literally thinking about it for days. It takes a little bit more effort than the usual “throw on the toppings and pop it in the oven” kind of pizzas, but it was so worth it. Plus, a hubby who loves something you make is priceless.

Bulgogi and Mashed Sweet Potato Pizza

Ingredients:

  • bulgogi
  • mashed Korean sweet potatoes (gogooma)
  • pizza dough
  • grated mozzarella cheese
  • mushrooms
  • chopped green onions
  • black pepper
  • crushed red peppers

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to  450°. Roll out pizza dough. Spread a layer of mashed sweet potatoes. Sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese. Top with bulgogi, mushrooms, and black pepper. Sprinkle more cheese on top. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until brown. Sprinkle chopped green onions and enjoy!

I would have to say that this was the star of the show, good ol’ Korean mashed potatoes or gogooma. My mother-in-law gave me so much gogooma to take home, and I was wondering what to do with them. I definitely put them to yummy use!

I quickly mashed them with some butter, milk, salt and pepper.

I had my bulgogi marinating for a few hours, and cooked it up on the stove.

Then let it cool, and chop into pieces. I was too impatient, and chopped them immediately after cooking. I wouldn’t recommend this. Hot.

Roll out the dough (hubby’s job), and spread a layer of the mashed sweet potatoes right on the dough. Mashed gogooma is dangerously good.

Then grate some mozzarella cheese (also hubby’s job). Be very generous.

Now top with bulgogi and mushrooms…

And black pepper and some more mozzarella. Mo’ cheese mo’ betta.

After baking for somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes, it should look like this, minus the green onions. Immediately sprinkle on chopped green onions. I like to chop diagonally. It looks fancier.

What do you think? Would you try mashed sweet potatoes on your pizza?

Bulgogi (Korean Marinated Beef) and Mashed Sweet Potato Pizza

Ingredients

◦ bulgogi
◦ mashed Korean sweet potatoes (gogooma)
◦ pizza dough
◦ grated mozzarella cheese
◦ mushrooms
◦ chopped green onions
◦ black pepper
◦ crushed red peppers

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 450°. Roll out pizza dough. Spread a layer of mashed sweet potatoes. Sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese. Top with bulgogi, mushrooms, and black pepper. Sprinkle more cheese on top. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until brown. Sprinkle chopped green onions and enjoy!
http://cynthiakim.com/2011/12/28/bulgogi-korean-marinated-beef-and-mashed-sweet-potato-pizza/


26
Oct 11

Zero-Carb Zucchini Pizza!

I knew that would get your attention. Yup! It’s zero-carb, and you can make this totally fat-free! I saw a friend’s photo post on Facebook a while back, but I forgot all about it until recently. I’m into anything guilt-free, especially when it’s yummy and guilt-free! Thanks for the inspiration, Sonia!

Zucchini Pizza

Ingredients:

  • zucchini
  • tomato or pizza sauce
  • olive oil
  • fat-free shredded mozzarella
  • mushrooms (or any toppings of your choice)
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

Slice zucchini diagonally into 1/2 inch thick slices. Place them on a baking sheet. Top zucchini slices with olive oil, pizza sauce, salt, pepper, shredded mozzarella, mushrooms (or any toppings of your choice), and more mozzarella. Broil for 7-10 minutes. ‘Tis all, folks!

You can slice the zucchini diagonally for more surface area. Or you can slice them into rounds for pizza bites. I sliced diagonally for less work.

Arrange the slices on a baking sheet.

Time to start topping. Tomato sauce, pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce…whatever you got will do.

I realized I forgot the olive oil (shame on me), so that came after the sauce. Then sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Hubby did the honors of cheesing it up.

You can use any toppings that you fancy. I used mushrooms. I had some in the fridge, and they’re yummy.

Top with more mozzarella, because the cheesier the better. Pretty, aren’t they?

Broil for 7-10 minutes, depending on how cooked you want your zucchini. I honestly don’t remember how long we broiled them for. I was too hungry to care.

It was so delicious, and it’s totally skinny. I think I found my new love.

Go ahead, try it now!

Zero-Carb Zucchini Pizza!

Ingredients

◦ zucchini
◦ tomato or pizza sauce
◦ olive oil
◦ fat-free shredded mozzarella
◦ mushrooms (or any toppings of your choice)
◦ salt and pepper

Instructions

Slice zucchini diagonally into 1/2 inch thick slices. Place them on a baking sheet. Top zucchini slices with olive oil, pizza sauce, salt, pepper, shredded mozzarella, mushrooms (or any toppings of your choice), and more mozzarella. Broil for 7-10 minutes. ‘Tis all, folks!
http://cynthiakim.com/2011/10/26/zero-carb-zucchini-pizza/


19
Sep 11

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

I’m always interested in healthy and easy recipes to balance out my not-so-healthy days. Hannah Ban Anza sent me this recipe for her Easy and Healthy Chicken Enchiladas the other day. It totally has potential to be low fat and low carb, but of course I used full fat cheese. I’m not opposed to fat-free cheese. I just couldn’t find any that day…but I really didn’t mind. :)

Ban’s Easy and Healthy Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients:

  • shredded chicken
  • 1 can of red enchilada sauce
  • 1 can of green enchilada sauce
  • nonfat shredded cheese (Monterey Jack or Cheddar or both!)
  • shredded iceberg lettuce
  • chopped cilantro
  • diced red onions
  • diced bell peppers (red, yellow, or orange)
  • sliced black olives

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°.
  2. Spray 9 x 13 baking dish with Pam or lightly rub with oil for nonstick effect.
  3. Fill each tortilla with shredded cheese and shredded chicken proportioned to your liking.
  4. Roll up and place onto oiled baking dish, and keep lining them up as you fill the dish.
  5. Pour red sauce over half of the baking dish.
  6. Pour green sauce over rest of the dish.
  7. Sprinkle shredded cheese over everything.
  8. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Uncover foil and bake for 10 minutes.
  10. Serve enchiladas on a bed of shredded lettuce.
  11. Sprinkle pre-chopped cilantro, bell peppers, and red onion on top.

Optional:

  1. Serve with pickled jalapeños.
  2. Hot sauce for extra kick. (Not optional in my opinion.)
  3. Top with sliced black olives too.

I know everyone has bought this rotisserie at the market at least once in their lives. It’s seriously the answer to lazy nights when you don’t feel like touching a knife or cutting board. Well, it wasn’t one of those nights for me, but this was a short cut for this recipe. For an even quicker short cut (or would that just be a “shorter cut”), Hannah used pre-cooked and shredded chicken found in the salad section.

Guess who smelled her way to the kitchen and right next to my leg! Kuma’s like a ghost sometimes. She pops up out of nowhere…total stealth move.

All shredded and ready to go! You can’t tell, since there’s nothing shown for scale, but it’s actually a big dish. There would have been more chicken too, if it weren’t for Kuma…and me.

I know shredded cheese is probably more appropriate, but I don’t like to pay extra for shredded cheese when it takes a few seconds to shred them myself. I have a grater, but I thought it would be more fun and cheesier to cut rough slices instead.

And some more…

Get your baking dish ready by spraying with a cooking spray or by lightly oiling it.

Now time to assemble! Get your tortilla, and place your shredded chicken on top…

Then add your “shredded” cheese…

And roll!

Place it in the baking dish and repeat until you fill the dish. I filled four rolls perfectly, and it actually served the two of us for two meals! Those enchiladas are bigger than they look!

“Help! Get me out of here!” Haha..sorry. Couldn’t help it.

You can use either red or green sauce, but I used both like Hannah said. Variety is good.

Pour half and half.

I forgot to take a photo of the “shredded” cheese on top of the sauce. But it’s in there, I promise. Place the dish covered in foil into the pre-heated oven. Bake for 15 minutes.

While it’s baking, prep the veggies. Dice some red onions. The more, the merrier.

Then dice some bell peppers…

Slice up some black olives…

Give your cilantro a rough chop…

And finally cut some iceberg lettuce into shreds.

And there you go. Everything you need right at your fingertips.

Back to the oven. After the initial 15 minutes of baking, uncover and bake for another 10 minutes. Oh, it smells so cheesy! I love melted cheese!

Ooh la la! It’s an ocean of melted cheese! Be careful…don’t burn yourself!

Place enchiladas on a bed of shredded iceberg lettuce, and top with all the goodies. Now that’s what you call a hot mess!

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients

◦ shredded chicken
◦ 1 can of red enchilada sauce
◦ 1 can of green enchilada sauce
◦ nonfat shredded cheese (Monterey Jack or Cheddar or both!)
◦ shredded iceberg lettuce
◦ chopped cilantro
◦ diced red onions
◦ diced bell peppers (red, yellow, or orange)
◦ sliced black olives

Instructions

1. Pre-heat oven to 375°.
2. Spray 9 x 13 baking dish with Pam or lightly rub with oil for nonstick effect.
3. Fill each tortilla with shredded cheese and shredded chicken proportioned to your liking.
4. Roll up and place onto oiled baking dish, and keep lining them up as you fill the dish.
5. Pour red sauce over half of the baking dish.
6. Pour green sauce over rest of the dish.
7. Sprinkle shredded cheese over everything.
8. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.
9. Uncover foil and bake for 10 minutes.
10. Serve enchiladas on a bed of shredded lettuce.
11. Sprinkle pre-chopped cilantro, bell peppers, and red onion on top.
Optional:
1. Serve with pickled jalapeños.
2. Hot sauce for extra kick. (Not optional in my opinion.) Top with sliced black olives too.
http://cynthiakim.com/2011/09/19/easy-chicken-enchiladas/


02
Sep 11

Prosciutto Pizza with Artichokes, Olives, and…EGGS!

I don’t know if you’re a fan, but I am! I’m talking about eggs on your pizza. Runny, yolky eggs! I always wanted to try it, but the hubby was not a fan of the idea. This time, I won.

Prosciutto Pizza with Artichokes, Olives, and Eggs

Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough (I buy mine.)
  • Tomato sauce, 6 tbsp (I made my own using tomato paste.)
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Artichokes hearts (can or jar)
  • Black pitted olives
  • Eggs (however many as you please)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Directions: Prepare your pizza dough. Drizzle EVOO on a baking sheet and spread evenly. Place rolled out dough on a baking sheet and then spread tomato sauce on top. Tear up artichokes and olives and scatter over pizza. Lay mozzarella slices all over pizza. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Crack eggs over pizza, and bake at 450° for 10-15 minutes. Take out of the oven, and immediately lay prosciutto slices all over. remove from baking sheet, and enjoy!

First things first. Clean your counter top (I cleaned mine so clean, you can see the clock reflection!) and let your store bought pizza dough get to room temp (about 20 minutes). I don’t make my own pizza dough. I’m not that ambitious. I used to buy mine at Trader Joe’s, but now I get it at Henry’s. They have Il Fornaio pizza dough for a little for $2. I think it rolls better than TJ’s. But that’s just me.

Oh, beautiful prosciutto. Thank you for gracing me with your presence.

This step is optional: Get a slice and eat it. It’ll make you happier.

And repeat (again, optional). Make sure you have some left over for the pizza.

Roll out your pizza dough with a pizza roller, wine bottle, beer bottle, or whatever you have around. I never bought a roller, because I don’t want a giant kitchen tool taking up space. Besides, getting an empty wine bottle is more fun. Don’t you agree?

Get your toppings ready. Slice your mozzarella. You can use shredded or fresh mozzarella logs and slice those up. I thought you had to smash the olives with a knife like you do with garlic, but it was totally unnecessary.

I had an open can of tomato paste I used for something else, so I decided to make my own tomato sauce instead of buying it. All you need to do is add about 1 1/2 to 2 times as much water, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano.  Easy! Or you can skip tomato sauce altogether. I usually don’t use and red sauce on my pizzas but thought I’d try something different. In other words, I wanted to use up that open can of tomato paste.

Now, time to put the pizza together!  My favorite part! I have a round pizza pan, but I like using a baking sheet now. I feel like it looks more artsy, especially when the dough is not a perfect rectangle. Anyways, drizzle some EVOO on a baking sheet and spread it evenly with a napkin or your hands if you please. That was too much olive oil in my photo BTW. Then place your dough on the baking sheet and spread your tomato sauce. Layer all your toppings, and don’t be shy, especially with the cheese…and artichokes…and olives.

MK didn’t want eggs on the pizza. As you can see, I won.

Isn’t that so pretty? Looks like an art piece. Don’t forget the salt and pepper! I did.

Pop it in your pre-heated oven at 450° for 10-15 minutes. And this is what you get. But wait, there’s more! (infomercial voice)

If you have any prosciutto left, place the slices all over the pizza.

Now it’s complete. Match made in heaven.

Get your slicer out, and cut into squares, rectangles, hearts, whatever. Although I guess a heart would be difficult. Oh, and I couldn’t find a wine bottle equivalent for a slicer, so I have a slicer. Boo.

Try it at home this instant and tell me how good it is!

Prosciutto Pizza with Artichokes, Olives, and…EGGS!

Ingredients

◦ Pizza dough (I buy mine.)
◦ Tomato sauce, 6 tbsp (I made my own using tomato paste.)
◦ Mozzarella cheese
◦ Artichokes hearts (can or jar)
◦ Black pitted olives
◦ Eggs (however many as you please)
◦ Extra virgin olive oil
◦ Salt and pepper

Instructions

Prepare your pizza dough. Drizzle EVOO on a baking sheet and spread evenly. Place rolled out dough on a baking sheet and then spread tomato sauce on top. Tear up artichokes and olives and scatter over pizza. Lay mozzarella slices all over pizza. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Crack eggs over pizza, and bake at 450° for 10-15 minutes. Take out of the oven, and immediately lay prosciutto slices all over. remove from baking sheet, and enjoy!
http://cynthiakim.com/2011/09/02/prosciutto-pizza-with-artichokes-olives-and-eggs/