asiago cheese

Seafood Pizza & Salsa Mexicana

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 loved this pizza my friend Leo and I had last night.
According to Leo, the best pizza he ever had.
(Unfortunately, he is not exactly a food expert, so the verdict is still out 🙂 )

Pizza Dough Recipe Here

Toppings : Mascarpone cheese, squid, crab meat, scallions, chili flakes,
dried oregano, asiago cheese finely grated, garlic paste,  salsa mexicana.

Note : Add the salsa and scallions after cooking, just before serving.

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Seafood Pizza & Salsa Mexicana

Seafood Pizza & Salsa Mexicana

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“Fondue” Au Fromage Sec

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Good  Read’s. Good Eat’s. Good Drink’s. Good Company = Good Times.
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The title of this dish,  “Fondue Au Fromage Sec”,  is tongue in cheek, but the dish itself is a knock-out: A great  snack, a simple dinner, or fun party food.
I have prepared this often over the years, but I never really gave it a proper name.
So when I made it this sunday afternoon,  I wanted to finally give the dish a proper, clever ?  name. Hopefully, I succeeded ?
I love a good cheese fondue , and this dish has most ingredients of a “fondue au fromage” , (but not the texture, because instead of being liquid, it is “dry”.
Let me know if you disagree and think you ‘ve got a better name for it 🙂
But then, nevertheless, follow the recipe and you will agree that the dish itself is an outstanding snack or party staple or even , if served with a side of greens, a meatless dinner good enough to shine on it’s own.

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Fondue Au Fromage

Fondue Au Fromage “Sec”


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Ingredient’s :

Sour dough bread,   scored criss cross 3/4 down to the bottom crust
Brie cheese,   cut into cubes
Asiago cheese,   diced
Cheddar cheese,   shredded
Roasted garlic paste,
White wine,
Scallions,   thinly sliced
Walnuts,   shelled
Dijon mustard,
Chili flakes,
Butter,   melted

Method :

Open the slit’s of the scored bread with your fingers. Drizzle with melted buter, then white wine. Add a bit of the mustard to the bits of cheese. Stick one piece of brie and one piece of  asiago cheese into each of the cavities. Add cheddar cheese into the cavities as well as on top of the bread. Bake at 375F until cheese melts. Remove from oven,  sprinkle walnuts and chili flakes on top, return to oven until the bread starts to crisp up and is heated through all the way. Remove again from oven, sprinkle with finely sliced scallions and serve hot.

Enjoy !   Live is Good !

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Asparagus & Brie Pizza

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Pizza,
beer and good company.
Great evening with friends, good music and (mostly) intelligent conversation 🙂
Life is Good !
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Pizza

Asparagus & Brie Pizza


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Ingredient’s :

Dough:

A/P flour,   2 cups (plus more for kneading)
Water,   3/4 cup, warm
Active dry yeast,   1 envelope
Sugar,   1 teaspoon
Olive oil,   3 table spoon
Kosher salt,

Pizza:

Italian sausage,   spicy, sauteed
Asparagus,   green, blanched
Grape tomatoes,   whole
Mozzarella cheese,   shredded
Tomato puree,  fresh
Roasted garlic puree,
Brie cheese,   diced
Asiago cheese,   finely grated
Oregano,   fresh, chopped
Corn meal,

Method :

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Pour  water into small bowl, mix in yeast. Let stand until yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes. Brush large bowl lightly with olive oil. Mix 2 cups flour, sugar, and salt. Add yeast mixture and 3 tablespoons oil, knead until dough forms a sticky ball. Transfer to lightly floured surface. Knead dough until smooth. Dust with flour as you work the dough. Transfer to prepared bowl; turn dough in bowl to coat with oil. Cover bowl with moist towel. Let dough rise until doubled in volume.Punch down dough. Pull dough until desired thickness and shape is achieved. If this is too difficult, roll the dough with a rolling pin. However, in my opinion, the pizza will turn out superior if the dough is pulled.
If you like your dough very thin and crispy, proceed with step 2.
If you like your crust a bit more thick and chewy, you might want to pre-bake your pizza dough for a few minutes.

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Sprinkle pizza pan or baking sheet with cornmeal, place pizza on it. Brush pizza with olive oil, sprinkle lightly with corn meal. Add tomato puree and roasted garlic puree, sprinkle with mozzarella and oregano. Add all other ingredient’s according to picture. Sprinkle with asiago and freshly ground black pepper. Bake at 500 F until dough is done and edge of pizza is crispy and golden.

Note : This recipe is works well in a home oven without a pizza stone.
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So Loaded

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Twice  baked potato and the kitchen sink ”
This hit the spot perfectly at the right time,
11.30 pm, accompanied by a couple of glasses
of merlot and good company.

Bake the  potatoes, remove the flesh, mash it coarsely. Saute finely diced chicken, salame, chilis and  scallions  in  butter, add to the potatoes. Add  egg yolk, greek  yoghurt and grated  asiago cheese. Season with roasted garlic paste, kosher salt  and  cayenne pepper, mix well without  mashing the potatoes too smoothly. Fill into potato skins, drizzle with butter and grated asiago and bake until golden brown. To serve, add a dollop of greek yoghurt and sprinkle with scallions.
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Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice Baked Potatoes

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Life is Good !   (Especially fully loaded…….
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” Still Life – Wurst Salad & Merlot “. Midnight On The Front Porch

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My  leftover Bologna and Asiago salad from yesterday came in handy last night ,
– and a good Merlot did not hurt either   🙂

Life is Good !
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” Bologna & Asiago Salad “

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One  of my standby’s for a quick, hearty, delicious, no-cook dinner  🙂
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Ingredient‘s :

Bologna,                cubed
Asiago cheese,     cubed
Eggs,                       hard boiled, diced
Onion,                    diced
Roasted garlic,     paste
Scallion,                sliced
Salt,                        to taste
Black pepper,       freshly ground, to taste
Dijon mustard,    to taste
Olive oil
Vinegar

All about  WURSTSALAT

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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” Asiago Crusted Pork Chop & Brussel Sprouts “

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Here I am tonight, thinking  ” what  can I do with those lovely brussel sprouts ? ”
Lovely brussel sprouts ??? !
I used to hate them with a passion, but boy oh boy, has that changed.
Now they are one of my favorite vegetables and I am glad I got some in the fridge
today, because they pair so nicely with my breaded pork chop.
Usually I saute my sprouts with bacon, but I felt I had enough pork on my plate today.
Great, tasty dish and the bone made bella happy   🙂
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Ingredient’s :

Pork chop,
Asiago cheese,                     finely grated
Panko bread crumbs,
AP flour,
Egg,                                         whisked
Cayenne ,                               to taste
Salt,                                         to taste
Olive oil,                                for  sauteing

Brussel Sprout‘s                  blanched, halved
Roasted garlic,                     paste
Salt,                                         to taste
Cayenne,                                to taste
Nutmeg,                                 to taste
Butter,                                     for  sauteing

Method :

Season pork chop with salt and cayenne.
Blend panko and flour 50% each.
Bread Chop by dusting in flour, then coating with egg
and finally with the  panko / flour mix.
Sautee until center reaches 158 degrees, rest on absorbent paper.

Saute garlic in butter until fragrant, add brussel sprout’s and seasoning
and  saute until heated through. To serve, top pork chop with fried parsley.

Bon Appetit !    Life is Good !
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