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Prosciutto Flatbread

17 Dec

I’m finally back to cooking again after the Chaos that was the last two weeks. There’s no big grocery stores near us, so it looks like this year I am going to be doing a lot of shopping at Farmer’s Markets or small specialty shops, which I think will be fun! We are also going to join a CSA when June rolls around. My friend Zoe used to work at Hearty Roots and recommended that one to me (who better to trust that a trusty farmer friend!). Others I’ve been looking into are Southside CSA and Greenpoint-Williamsburg CSA. Anybody who has experience with any of these, I would love to hear your feedback!

As you know, I was somewhat-recently gifted “New American Table” with recipes by Marcus Samuelsson. I love this cookbook so much. First of all, he organizes it in such a cook-friendly way, making separate sections for ‘Everyday’ and ‘Weekend’. There’s an amazing section of sauces and rubs. And I absolutely love the photographs he uses. Photos of restaurants and scenes around small towns in America and images of his family cooking various dishes give you a feeling of really being part of a great food culture and also tell the story of his personal journey. He was actually born in Ethiopia, his mother passed away from tuberculosis when he was 3 years old, and he and his older sister were adopted by a Swedish couple.  The book includes everything from comfort food and Southern cooking to new twists on Middle Eastern and Japanese. Its an amazingly eclectic collection of recipes and you can find something in there for almost any occasion. I haven’t had a failed recipe yet. Marcus Samuelsson has 3 restaurants in New York: AquavitRiingo, and Red Rooster . He was named Best Chef: New York City by the James Beard Foundation in 2003.

So the other night I flipped through his cookbook to make my grocery list for the week. And the other night, I made his Prosciutto Flatbread. This is like PIZZA times WHOA. The crust itself its shoved with spices. And the topping is a mixture of cooked and raw ingredients. Almost every time I follow a recipe, I use more of everything that adds flavor. One clove of garlic means 2-3. 2 shallots means 3. A pinch of paprika often means a large pinch, or a couple small pinches. I just generally find a lot of recipes to be on the bland side, and its better to add some extra zing with spices than to pile it with some condiment or sauce or salt and pepper later.

I never have to do that with these recipes. Marcus really knows how to make a dish that is full of flavor, and doesn’t skimp on anything. This recipe is absolutely no exception. It’s great for both dinner or cutting up into little bite-size pieces and serving as an hors d’oeuvre.

Prosciutto Flatbread

Adapted (just slightly) from New American Table

 

For the topping

Ingredients

3/4 pint mixed cherry tomatoes, sliced thinly

2 garlic cloves

4 shallots

2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 cup olive oil

1 Flatbread recipe (see below)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 lb fresh mozzarella, cut into 12 slices

5 basil leaves, chopped

1/4 cup baby arugula, chopped

1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and finely chopped

8 thin slices prosciutto

Preheat the oven to 400°. Combine the tomatoes, garlic, shallots, 1 teaspoons of the red pepper flakes, and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a bowl. Spread the mixture over the baked flatbread. Season with salt and pepper and top with 6 slices of the mozzarella. Place on a baking sheet and bake until the cheese is golden and bubbly, about 10 minutes.

While the pizza is baking, toss the basil, arugula, and olives with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Remove the pizza from the oven. Place the remaining 6 slices of mozzarella on the baked pizza and top with the basil-arugula mixture, then the prosciutto slices.

Flatbread

(makes 1 flatbread)

Ingredients

2 teaspoons coriander seeds, crushed

2 teaspoons fennel seeds, crushed

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1/2 cup whole milk

1/2 cup olive oil

2 large egg yolks

1 large egg

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

2 teaspoons salt

Preheat the oven to 400°. Heat a small saute pan over low heat. Add the coriander seeds, fennel seeds, and oregano and toast until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the milk, olive oil, and 2 tablespoons water. Let cool slightly.

Lightly whisk the egg yolks and egg in a medium bowl. Stir in the spiced milk and set aside.

Combine the flour, confectioners’ sugar, and salt in a large bowl and make a well in the center. Pour the egg mixture into the center. Using a fork or your hands, slowly gather the flour into the liquid, adding more flour as needed, until a dough forms.

Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and knead until smooth, about 10 minutes. Cover with a damp towel and let rest for another 10 minutes.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough to a 10-inch round. Using a fork, prick holes all over the surface of the dough. If using a baking stone, place the dough directly on the stone. Otherwise, place the dough on an ungreased baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

 

 

 

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Grilled Flatbread Pizza

31 Aug

WHO SAYS PIZZA ISN’T HEALTHY??

The other night, as my stomach started to rumble and I looked up from my 3 zillion Google Chrome Tabs to a clock that said “8:45”, I realized that I had not gone grocery shopping any time recently, but I knew we still had a drawer full of veggies in the fridge (I tend to overestimate the amount of vegetables to buy but yet it seems like we need an endless supply of fruit).  There was a bunch of Brocoli Rabe, or, the more fun way to say it, RAPINI, which I had bought after reading how much higher it is in things like vitamins A,C, and K, potassium, iron, and calcium than most other dark leafy greens.  I’m not actually sure if its considered a dark leafy green or a cruciferous vegetable.  Anyone know? Either way, high in soluble fire and packed with anti-cancer properties. So YAY RAPINI. Scream it in an Italian accent.

I’ve always loved those flatbread pizzas that you can get at various farmers markets and cafes.  The Saturday market at Prospect Park comes to mind.  Luckily, a I have been on a making my own bread kick and have tons of packages of yeast in the cupboard.  So I decided to whip up a half whole wheat-honey pizza dough and make a flatbread pizza with all the leftover veggies I had. That was broccoli rabe, broccolini, red onion, zucchini, yellow squash, and red peppers. I added some goat cheese and prosciutto for a kick of flavor, but as long as the veggies are spiced well you can leave these out, or try feta or other meats instead.  You can use pretty much whatever you have in your fridge.

Grilled Flatbread Pizza

Ingredients

for dough

4 cups flour (I used half whole wheat and half white)

1 1/4 cups lukewarm water

1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon honey

1/4 cup additional water or milk

for topping (vegetables may vary)

1 red onion, sliced

3 cloves garlic, sliced

2 red bell peppers

1 zucchini, sliced into manageable pieces

1 yellow squash, sliced like zucchini

few handfuls of goat cheese, crumbled

1/4 lb prosciutto, roughly torn or cut

1/4 cup parmesan, grated

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 450°.

In a small bowl dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water. Mix in the honey, then let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes until foamy.  Meanwhile, mix the flour and salt in a large bowl and make a “well” in the middle. Pour 2 tablespoons olive oil and yeast mixture into the center of the flour. Using your hands, or a spoon if you wish, slowly stir the mixture by gradually bringing the flour to the center in a circular motion.  When it is a good consistency (you may need to add a bit more flour depending on the type you are using), flour a clean surface and knead the dough fora bout 5-8 minutes until the dough feels elastic.  Place in a bowl, drizze with olive oil, and cover with plastic wrap.  Put in a warm place and let it rise for about an hour.  The more warm and moist the location, the faster the rising process will go.

While the dough is rising, prepare the vegetables. Blacken the red bell peppers like you did for the Couscous with Grilled Summer Vegetables and Herbs. Slice all the vegetables so they are a manageable size. Put them all in a large bowl (including the garlic), drizze with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.  (you could also use some thyme, basil, or whatever herbs you are in the mood for.

Once the dough has risen, roll it out to about 1/4 inch thickness and stretch over the pan you are using. This recipe made me one 18×13 inch flatbread and one 9×13 inch flatbread.   Cover the dough with all the vegetables, then spread the goat cheese, prosciutto, and parmesan evenly across the pizza(s).

Bake 12-14 minutes, and keep your eye on it.

SO GOOD. and so fibrous. And great for lunch the next day (if it doesn’t all get eaten…). I know I always say that. But leftover dinners are the best lunches.