01 April 2013

Menu Monday

FINALLY getting a Menu Monday post up on an actual Monday! Victory!

Thai Chicken Pizza {Culinary Couple}
Why are you reading this?  You should be whipping this up for yourself RIGHT NOW. I know M was a little skeptical when he saw Thai chicken pizza on the menu and honestly, I was a little worried too.  That was ridiculous because this has now won a space on my favorite weeknight meals list.  It's that good. Go make it. FYI, I used my favorite crust recipe from Budget Bytes.  Her recipe says it makes 3 crusts, but it only makes 2 in my experience.

I used the recipe that is in the Everyday Italian cookbook, so I'm not sure what's going on with the tomato sauce recipe here.  It's definitely not in the book.  I loved this with 2 caveats: you do NOT need 3 tablespoons of olive oil.  More like 1 tablespoon MAX. And 2 bunches of broccoli rabe would be fine, but it would make this recipe more of a broccoli rabe and sausage dish with a little pasta thrown in.  That's not necessarily a bad thing, but what you see about was only with one bunch of broccoli rabe and it was plenty.  Made enough for excellent leftovers!

Major yum.  We will definitely be having this again.  It came together much faster and easier than I thought it would and it was WAY more flavorful than I was expecting.  Also a major hit with M.  Two of these little guys apiece + a side salad was more than enough for dinner.

Potato Sourdough Bread {Southern Living 1995 Annual Recipes}

EHRMAHGAWSH. SO GOOD.  These two loaves came out of the oven around 5:30pm yesterday and half a loaf is already gone.  There is just nothing better than the smell of freshly baked bread. My mom's tips: Only add 1/6 cup {eyeball half of a 1/3 cup} of sugar, otherwise it's far too sweet. Start out only adding 5 cups of flour; you can always add more, but you can't take it out.  I used about 5 1/3 cups + what I used to knead the bread {approx. another 1/3 cup}.  You don't HAVE to knead the bread, but you get more of a cake-texture without kneading. I would actually knead it a little more than the recipe calls for to get a true bread texture.  Honestly, I was surprised how simple this was to make.  I'm planning to make another two loaves this weekend and once I feel like I've mastered it, I'm going to attempt cinnamon bread!  Yummmmmmmmm.



6 comments:

Baltimore Prep said...

Mmmm I love homemade thai chicken pizza! Hope you had a great Easter!

Portuguese Prepster said...

The thai pizza looks delish! A local place at school makes a thai pizza and I always wanted a recipe for it

xx BHB said...

One of the best jobs I ever had was waiting tables at California Pizza Kitchen. Truly, to this day, one of the best. I LOVE Thai chicken pizza. LOVE LOVE LOVE. This one looks delish as well :)

Maggie said...

That orechiette dish is a long-time fave over here... and I will definitely try that pizza!

Lexilooo said...

this pizza sounds wonderful! might have to add it to my rotation!

Elizabeth said...

Hi, new follower here. That pizza looks delicious!!