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Easy Does It # 33 – Brie and Capocollo Pie


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As  I have mentioned before, I love to prepare my own pizza dough, pie dough, tortillas, fresh pasta, and a myriad of other things which are usually better (although not always) when home made.
On the other hand, sometimes this is just not very practical or sensible, for example at times when there is simply no time or space to do so.
Also, I have cooked just about anything one can cook, mostly? with good results, so I am not embarrassed to sometimes use  good- quality  convenience products, such as the crust I used for this pie. I actually bought it without a plan, just because it looked so delicious and I wanted to find out if it tastes as good and has the great texture it promised when I looked at it on the shelf in my neighborhood grocery store. Well – it did, even much better than I had expected 🙂
I absolutely love it and have used it already twice since I made this pie, once for an onion pie and once as a base for sandwiches.
It is supposed to be used for pizza, but for that, I will stick with my homemade dough for now.
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Easy Does It # 33 – Brie and Capocollo Pie

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Easy Does It # 33 – Brie and Capocollo Pie

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Preparation :
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NOT !!! The Prettiest Dish Of The Day –

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– but  without a doubt one of the tastiest dishes of the day 🙂
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Serrano-Ham And Brie-Cheese Bread

Serrano-Ham And Brie-Cheese Bread

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Today I set out to prepare a pizza for dinner, the way I love it with very little cheese and just a bit of tomato. Then I came across this jamon serrano and brie cheese in my fridge and I thought, maybe a calzone? But I am not really a fan of the texture of a calzone, so I tried something new by mixing all the garnish into the dough before rolling it out. The result was THE BEST ….. whatever it was – Pizza? Bread? Pie? or whatever name one deems most appropriate (bread, probably?) for this sexy little thing.
At first, when I started to fold the garnish into the dough, it did not look and feel as if it would come together and I thought I just screwed it up – I should really have put it between two layers of dough (calzone style).
But after a bit of a push, it worked out just fine and although the final product would not win a beauty contest (this can easily be improved), the texture and taste were absolutely first-rate. Definitely a new standard in my ever-increasing repertoire of quirky dishes 🙂
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Pizza Dough Recipe:

Ingredients :

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,

Method :

Pour water into small bowl, mix into the 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 a bowl; turn dough in the bowl to coat with oil. Cover bowl with a 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.
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Serrano-Ham And Brie-Cheese Bread

Serrano-Ham And Brie-Cheese Bread

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Serrano-Ham And Brie-Cheese Bread

Serrano-Ham And Brie-Cheese Bread

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Serrano-Ham And Brie-Cheese Bread

Serrano-Ham And Brie-Cheese Bread

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Preparation :
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Cordon Brie

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I had been thinking of and lusting for chicken cordon bleu the whole day long, so on my way home I stopped at the store to buy the ingredients.
They should have been : Two large, boneless/skinless chicken breasts, a pack of sliced ham and a pack of sliced swiss cheese.
However, when I got home I realized that I had forgotten the swiss cheese. At first I wanted to rush back to the shop to get the swiss cheese, but when I took the eggs for the breading out of the fridge I saw a lovely brie cheese and made an executive decision – “tonight’s chicken cordon bleu shall contain brie instead of swiss”.
During dinner, I decided that from now on, ALL cordon bleu in my house will be made with brie. Brie is so much more tasty and runny than swiss, so it makes the perfect filling.
Long live  ” Cordon Bleu Brie !
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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P.S.
If you are a light eater, you might want to cut each cordon brie into half  before breading  to yield 4 four portions instead of the two I prepared for Bella and I
– one to be served hot for tonight, the other one to be served cold (room temperature) tomorrow.
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Honey/Yogurt Dressing:
Mix 1/3 cup mayo, 1/3 cup greek yogurt, 1 tblsp honey, kosher salt and cayenne pepper to taste; whisk until smooth, check/adjust seasoning
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Cordon Brie

Cordon Brie

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Cordon Brie

Cordon Brie

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Cordon Brie

Cordon Brie

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Preparation :
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Cherry Tomato And Cheese “Crumble”

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The  problem with cherry tomatoes is usually that their flavors do not match up with their pretty appearance. So, in order to have a satisfying cherry tomato dish, one must add a lot of flavor and texture. Here now is a recipe which does that and might just become your next tomato go-to recipe. It is easy, economic, looks great and packs a ton of flavor 🙂  It is equally suited as a side dish with a main course, (served here with a small rib eye steak with my home made buffalo sauce),  or as a snack or appetizer, served cold or warm on bread (I used  Wasa Light Rye Crisp Bread,  which is a permanent ingredient in my cupboard)
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Bon Appetit !  Life is Good !
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Cherry Tomato "Crumble"

Cherry Tomato “Crumble”

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Cherry Tomato "Crumble"

Cherry Tomato “Crumble”

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Cherry Tomato "Crumble"

Cherry Tomato “Crumble”

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saute onions, scallions, garlic paste (lot's of it)and ham in olive oil (replace the ham with mushrooms for a vegetarian version)

saute onions, scallions, garlic paste (lot’s of it) and ham in olive oil (replace the ham with mushrooms for a vegetarian version)

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add tomatoes,season liberally with kosher salt and cayenne pepper

add tomatoes, season liberally with kosher salt and cayenne pepper

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add half diced swiss cheese and half diced brie cheese

add 50% diced swiss cheese and 50% diced brie cheese

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add diced rustic, dry bread ( I used 50% sour dough bread and 50%  jalapeno/cheese bread)

add diced rustic, dry bread (I used 50% sour dough bread and 50% jalapeno/cheese bread)

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mix all ingredients

mix all ingredients

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sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and grated asiago cheese, bake at 390 F for 45 minutes or until top is golden and crispy

sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper, grated asiago cheese and scallions, bake at 390 F for 45 minutes or until top is golden and crispy

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Cherry Tomato "Crumble"

Cherry Tomato “Crumble”

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Cherry Tomato "Crumble"

Cherry Tomato “Crumble”

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Cherry Tomato "Crumble"

Cherry Tomato “Crumble”

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Cherry Tomato "Crumble"

Cherry Tomato “Crumble”

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Cherry Tomato "Crumble"

Cherry Tomato “Crumble”

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Angel Burger

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If  mc donald would serve this thing, I would be there twice a week.What a difference to the usual boring, crappy patty in a bun. This one was spicy, crunchy, tasty, exciting. It combines some of my favorite ingredients, all in one bite :
Noodle pillow, brie cheese, hoisin sauce, spicy italian sausage, vine ripened tomatoes, sriracha sauce and sauteed cabbage and onions seasoned with soy, garlic and ginger.
Now, if this sounds like a hodgepodge to you, you are absolutely right, but it is a hodgpodge where everything comes together just fine and forms a harmonious entity which is just wonderful in its complexity of texture and taste 🙂
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Angel Burger

Angel Burger

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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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Saint Patrick’s Day “Breakfast Of Champions” # 19

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” Irish  soda bread with raisins & caraway seeds,
topped with corned beef, asparagus, tomato and brie”
Great breakfast in honor of St Patrick.
(The brie might not be Irish, but it lift’s this dish to another dimension 🙂

Erin Go Bragh !

Recipe for Irish soda bread HERE
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Saint Patrick's Day Breakfast Of Champions

Saint Patrick’s Day Breakfast Of Champions

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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,

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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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