Showing posts with label anchovies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label anchovies. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Margarita Pizza

Margarita Pizza
Margarita Pizza with Anchovies and Lumpfish Caviar
This is a wonderfully decadent pizza that you can make very simply with the same dough used in yesterday's blogspot if you have any left... I will however repeat it again here and I hope you give it a go, well worth the minimal effort it takes to make your own from scratch especially if you love the thin and crispy style pizza. 
    • Combine 300ml of warm water with a packet of instant dried yeast, a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of caster sugar in a jug and stir to combine then cover and stand in a warm place for a few minutes until bubbles form on the surface.
    • Sift into a large bowl 3 cups of plain flour and add to this the yeast mixture and 2 tablespoons of olive oil...mix into a soft dough and turn out onto a floured board... knead for a few minutes until elastic in texture. Cut it into 6 to 8 pieces and proof them on a greased tray covered with a clean cloth in a warm place until they have doubled in size (about 20 minutes).

    • Top each pizza base with a spoon full of tomato paste spread evenly, sliced tomato, torn pieces of mozzarella or bocconcini, anchovies and torn basil leaves. 
    • Bake in a 180 oven until golden and crunchy (about 10 minutes), remove from the oven and place on a board and top with a little caviar and more fresh basil and then slice and serve.

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012

    Spiral Pasta with a simple Zucchini Sauce

    Pasta with Zucchini Sauce
    Spiral Pasta with a simple Zucchini Sauce
    I love the simplicity of this dish both preparation and flavours... such a healthy option and so quick to make.
    • Cook 200 grams of spiral pasta while preparing the so so simple zucchini sauce.
    • In a large pan heat up plenty of olive oil and fry off 3 or 4 cloves of crushed garlic and a half dozen whole anchovies along with a large pinch of sea salt.
    • When the anchovies have softened sprinkle in some chilli flakes to suit your taste and lots of freshly cracked black pepper.
    • Finally add 2 large grated zucchini and a dash more olive oil to the sauce(I have also added about 100 grams of chopped pistachio nuts which is an option)and stir while cooking for another couple of minutes.
    • To serve this dish... toss the pasta through coating it in the sauce and plate it served with freshly chopped parsley and grated Parmesan cheese. Mine is topped with a few pistachio because they were added to my sauce.

    Friday, April 6, 2012

    Tomato Tart Puff

    Tomato Tart

    This puff pastry tart is a great idea alternative to home made pizza... making tonight's tea or tomorrows party finger foods both simple to make and tasty to boot.
    Depending how many you are feeding will decide how big the pastry sheets that suit... for single serves cut a pastry sheet into four, for two people cut a sheet in half into a rectangle (as pictured), for bite size finger food use a large cookie cutter...

    • Which ever size you require you will need two of each with the centre cut out of the second one. Egg wash the two together which gives you a frame/crust around the edge which is double thickness, egg wash the top of the frame also.
    • Mix together enough of a soft cheese such as spreadable Ricotta mixed with some Dijon mustard for flavour and spread this onto the base working inside of the frame.
    • Add slices of thickly cut tomato onto the top of the cheese, still within the frame.
    • Finally add some chopped olives and anchovies,a light sprinkle of some grated Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of salt and pepper or lemon pepper.
    • Bake in a 180 oven until golden and crunchy... the baking time will vary depending on the size so you will need to watch them closely to avoid burning.