Saturday, September 20, 2014

Spicy Sausage & Honey Marscapone Pizza

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THIS IS THE PIZZA to end all pizzas.  A couple of years back, I had one of the most lip-smackingly delicious pizzas that I can recall.  Though it is a well known fact that I am uncannily partial to these heavenly pies, the sausage and honey pizza at Vesta distinctly stuck out to me because of the savory sweet combination that I talked about in my last post

Not being able to make reservations on a Friday night, I decided it would be simple to recreate the meal at home.  Indeed it was... you can bet that this pizza is definitely going to get some major facetime with my friends.  In essence, my lack of planning last Friday has become your good luck.



INGREDIENTS

  • Pizza dough
  • Pizza / tomato sauce - I like to buy pizza sauce and add minced garlic
  • 2 spicy Italian sausages - you can also use vegetarian sausage like I did
  • Marscapone cheese
  • 2 Serrano chili peppers
  • Honey
  • Roughly chopped fresh parsley


Scatter sausage and Serrano chili peppers over sauce-covered pizza.


DIRECTIONS


  1. Lightly scatter all-purpose flour onto your work surface so dough does not stick.  Roll out pizza dough to about a 1/4" thickness, about 10 in. in diameter.
  2. Cut Serrano chili peppers into thin slices, about 1/8".
  3. Spread pizza sauce, then top with thinly sliced Italian spicy sausage (I used pre-cooked sausage but you should cook yours beforehand if raw).
  4. Preheat oven to 425°.
  5. Place pizza into the oven for approximately 12 minutes until crust is golden.
  6. Wait 5 minutes before sprinkling fresh chopped parsley on top, spreading marscapone cheese, and drizzling with honey.
  7. Divide and conquer!



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Bliss Point

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Salted caramel, peanut butter and jelly, chocolate pretzels.  You've probably realized on some level that when you pair salty and sweet together you strike the perfect balance of flavors... but did you ever wonder why?

The answer is, as usual, science.  Studies have shown that the sugar receptors on your taste buds are activated when salt accompanies sugar.  When researchers formulate food products they utilize this phenomenon (aptly named the "bliss point"), to create junk foods that harmoniously combine salt, sugar, and fat.  Even so, my favorite healthy snack is a marriage of homegrown figs, goat cheese, and crispy rosemary and raisin crackers.  Try it out!  I guarantee that you won't be disappointed.


Just call me Little Miss Figgy.

You can learn more about the bliss point in this article published in the New York Times.