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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Trying Some New Things

I planted a few new things in my garden this year: Basil, Cilantro and Tamatillos...and it has been GREAT!!!

I've been trying some new things in the kitchen this year. The smell of fresh basil forced me to create a Pizza Margaurite recipe that has become a huge hit here at the Crouch House.

A very simple dough recipe contains just flour, water, salt and a small amount of yeast.
Garlic and oregano in olive oil is the only sauce on the thin-rolled crust, then fresh diced tomatoes (also from my garden).

Basil is plentiful, so load up the pizza with plenty of the sweet-smelling herb.

I roll the crust out on a pastry cloth and then place it on a 500 degree pizza stone, spread on the garlic and oregano oil. Layer on the tomatoes, basil and thin slices of mozzarella.

Bake the whole thing at 500 degrees for 7 minutes, slice it up and serve immediately...yum!

Oh, yeah, I also used a few of my tomatillos and some cilantro to make a green salsa. We will be trying out some enchilada recipes with that this week...stay tuned.

P.S. If anyone would like chilies, jalapeƱos or green peppers, PLEASE come and get some; and don't forget raspberries...loads of raspberries ripe for the picking.


Tina said...

Mmmmmmm, looks YUMMY!!! I've never seen anyone use a pastry cloth before . . . . where do you get them and what are their advantages???

Georgia said...

My pastry cloth was homemade and is AMAZING!!! It's just muslin and when you flour it up, no dough will stick, not pie crust or pizza crust or bread dough. I love mine and I bleach it when I've used it a couple of times and then back into the drawer with the rolling pin for the next flouring and rolling project. When you are doing a pie crust, you can roll your crust so thin and then fold it up with the cloth to lay in the tin and it won't tear. I don't know how I did without it.

Dean and Sheri said...

I love the photos in this post...especially the first and last ones. I've had this same pizza on my mind for a couple of weeks now. Looks fantastic.

Georgia said...

I have loads of basil if anyone wants some, just drop me a note or give me a call--801-737-4787.

Dani Marie said...

I'm jealous of your herbs. We killed "Cecil" our basil plant...well, you know how bad I am at watering plants. I'd probably kill a cactus because I am less nurturing than a desert. And how about you come out here and make me some of your pizza, please? Or just to come visit?