Well Dined

14Oct/150

Caramelized Onion and Burrata Pizza

Well Dined | Caramelized Onion and Burrata Pizza

I love homemade pizza, you know this.  And I really love burrata on homemade pizza - it is so creamy and gooey and just heavenly.  It's great with tomatoes in the summer, but when paired with caramelized onions it becomes this luscious and sophisticated fall combination.

Well Dined | Caramelized Onion and Burrata Pizza

The onions are caramelized slowly with butter (this takes time and patience), and finished with balsamic vinegar.  They are piled on pizza dough and topped with torn burrata, no sauce needed.

Well Dined | Caramelized Onion and Burrata Pizza

Then it is baked and topped with fresh basil.  Oh. My. Gosh.  It is just so good - rich and creamy and perfect.

Well Dined | Caramelized Onion and Burrata Pizza

My thanks to Melissa from Smells Like Brownies, for suggesting that we make this and for teaching me to stop rolling my pizza dough out so dang thin!

6Aug/141

Zucchini Pizza with Burrata and Anchovy

Well Dined | Zucchini Pizza with Burrata and Anchovy

Fast, easy, simple, and perfect for summer - this pizza is creamy and fresh and super yummy.

Well Dined | Zucchini Pizza with Burrata and Anchovy

All pizza starts with dough, and I highly recommend the Jim Lahey no-knead recipe.  It comes out tender and crisp and full of air pockets.  You can see some bubbles in the dough in the photo above - that's the good stuff!  I do need to try and remember not to stretch it out too much, though.  I think I made the pizza a little too large this time.

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Top the dough with minced garlic, bits of anchovy, and a drizzle of olive oil.  The anchovy adds little pops of salty and umami flavors.  Along with the garlic, this richness is what elevates this pizza from being boring, do not skip!  Melissa (who I made this with), said that she might make it with capers instead of anchovies next time.  I think that is a really good suggestion for vegetarians who don't eat fish, but still want to get that briney flavor.

3Feb/140

Massaged Kale Salad and Broccoli Pesto

Well Dined | Massaged Kale Salad

Remember last week when I posted about the Butternut Squash and Kale Pizza?  And I told you that I had leftover kale?  Well, here's what became of it.  I massaged with raw kale with a homemade dressing (olive oil, lemon juice, champagne vinegar, salt and pepper) and let it sit for 15 minutes to break down and lose the bitterness.  Then I topped it with some burrata cheese, more olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper.  Simple and delicious.

Well Dined | Broccoli Pesto

I served the salad as an appetizer, and for dinner we had steak (here's my method) and orzo with broccoli pesto.  I actually like this version of broccoli pasta sauce better than the other version I've made, and it has a lot less fat!

24Sep/130

Late Summer Stone Fruit

Well Dined | Prosciutto and Nectarine Tartine

Ugh - sorry folks, I've been bad about posting this last week!  And this post is going to be pretty short, too.  We are finally on our way into Fall, but the transition has been slow and there is still some stone fruit to be had.  I am still really into tartines at the moment, so I paired sliced nectarine with goat cheese, prosciutto, and basil for a quick lunch.

Well Dined | Burrata and Peach

Then the store finally had some burrata in (this is a seriously random occurrence, you never know), so I paired that with some ripe peach, basil, EVOO, balsamic, and sea salt.

26Aug/130

Summer Pizzas

Well Dined | Tomato and Burrata Pizza

I really love authentic Italian pizza.  The kind with the thin crust that gets blistered and charred in the wood oven.  My favorite place to get it around here is Pizzeria Orso, but I have been trying to make it at home.  Step one is to get a pizza stone.  I leave mine on the bottom rack of the oven.  As long you are heating it with the oven (not sticking a cold stone into a hot oven) it will be totally fine to leave it in there all the time.  In fact, heating it frequently will help keep it clean by burning any spills to dust.  I've even left it in there on the self clean mode - totally fine and now very clean!  It will take longer for your oven to preheat with the stone in it, but it will help keep the temperature even and constant.  You will also need a pizza peel to transfer the pizza to the stone.

Well Dined | Jim Lahey Dough

Step 2 for great pizza - great dough.  I have tried many doughs, including whole wheat ones.  For authentic pizza - this Jim Lahey dough is the best.  It takes a long time to make though, so be prepared.  The idea behind this dough is that the tenderness and pocketed texture come from fermenting the dough (for 18 hours, I told you it takes time!), and then handling it as little as possible.  That means no kneading!

Well Dined | Jim Lahey Dough

After letting the dough ferment (like sourdough starter), you carefully remove the dough from the bowl and place it on a floured surface.  Then you separate it into four parts and gently fold (not roll, or knead) the parts into balls.  Use them quickly or wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate.  This dough is only good for a couple of days so plan to make a lot of pizza!

Well Dined | Jim Lahey Dough

When you are ready to make the pizza (the oven and stone should be preheated at this point), carefully and gently stretch the dough.  Either in the air on your knuckles, or on a floured surface.  For some technique tips - check out this video.  See those bubbles in the dough, there?  That's what you are trying to achieve.  Those will blister up and make your pizza awesome.  Here's another handy trick - I always have trouble getting my pizza off the peel, no matter how much cornmeal I put on there.  So I have started putting the pizza onto parchment paper and sliding that onto the stone.  Then after about 2 minutes (you will smell it starting to char), I slide the parchment out from under the partially set dough - easy!