Prosciutto-wrapped Melon

1 08 2013

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No… this isn’t that amazingly creative.  Nor does it take that much work.  But if you want to show up to a party and have everybody rave, make this.  But here’s the catch… you need to use Italian cantaloupe.  It’s not hard to find anymore, and it can be named Tuscan.  But the sweetness puts that old traditional cantaloupe to shame.

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You can either dice the cantaloupe like I have done, or just leave in big slices.  I prefer a high proscuitto-to-cantaloupe ratio,

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I’m Back!!

19 01 2011

Remember me??  It’s been over a year since I updated this crazy thing… and then when I went back a few months ago my Domain (url address) was gone!!  I was so busy with work that I ignored it and figured I’d make it happen later.  Well now is later.  And all I had to do was give WordPress $12 and it was back up.

So… I’ve been working a new job this past year and have had the chance to travel the world eating great foods.  But since I was so distracted with work, I never wrote about it.  Luckily I’m going on the same world tour again this year.  What does that mean????

World Foods!!!!!  I am very excited to eat and write about it.

So stay tuned.  I’ll be back shortly with some great stories, great foods, and great pictures.

 

Cheers!

Will – January 2011





Caramelized Onion and Sausage Pizza

16 09 2009

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Hey everyone, remember me?  For those that didn’t know… I moved back to San Francisco the last few weeks.  I loved Austin of course, but San Francisco is my home and I’m glad to be back.  So to celebrate, I made an amazing pizza!

The first time I tried a carmelized onion pizza was when I was in Rome.  It was so simple… just a crisp crust and sweet onions.  That was it.  And I couldn’t get enough of it.  So I finally decided to try my hand at it.  I was in for a surprise though.  To carmelize the onions took much longer than I thought….

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I started with three very large onions.

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Cut the onions into half-rings.

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Sauté the onions in a big pot with olive oil.

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Keep cooking the onions until they take on a brown color. And become thick.

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And then keep cooking at a low heat until the onions dry out and get really caramelized and sweet.  It takes a LONG time!  Like 40 minutes or longer.

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I decided it would be good to add some spicy sausage to my pizza too.

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For the dough… dissolve yeast in warm water and sugar.

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Add flour…

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Use a dough hook to knead the dough.  It’s much easier than doing it by hand.

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And finally… I added a balsamic vinegar reduction to the top of the pizza.  It’s really easy to make, but it will make your kitchen STINK!  So open the windows and doors.

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You can eat the pizza with or without arugula on top.

Caramelized Onion and Sausage Pizza

Serves 8

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 large onions. thinly sliced

Salt and pepper

2 teaspoons sugar

1 lb spicy Italian sausage

1 c balsamic vinegar

8 oz buffalo mozzarella (sliced)

3 c arugula

PIZZA DOUGH:

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

1 cup warm water

2 cups bread flour

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons white sugar

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter in the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper, and cook, stirring constantly, until the onions begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the sugar and cook, scraping the browned bits off the bottom of the pan frequently, until the onions are golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  3. While onions are cooking, brown sausage in a shallow frying pan.
  4. Cook balsamic vinegar on med-high in small saucepan until reduced by half of volume.
  5. Pizza Dough: In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  6. Add 2 cups bread flour, olive oil, salt, white sugar to the yeast mixture; blend with paddle attachment to combine.
  7. Replace paddle attachment with dough hook and beat well until a stiff dough has formed. Cover and rise until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  8. Turn dough out onto a well floured surface. Form dough into a round and roll out into a pizza crust shape.
  9. Add caramelized onions, sausage, and sliced mozzarella to the top of pizza.
  10. Cook in oven for approximately 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is brown.
  11. Top pizza with arugula and drizzle balsamic reduction over pizza.




New Blog Name

17 07 2009

I’m getting even more and more into my blog.  So, I decided it’s time to invest in a URL.  Sadly, Social Food is already taken and would have cost me over $3000 to buy it.  And not be available for three years!!  

So, I decided that since my last name is pretty clever, I’d play off that… and get my own URL.

So welcome to the all new…

Spendlove on Food (http://spendloveonfood.com)  

It’s a little play on words since I’ll be talking about foods, and spending my love on food too.  Clever, eh?

I’ll be cooking tomorrow and so will have some great recipes to share in the next few days.

Good luck and good cooking!

Will.

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