Sunday, January 9, 2011

Summer Better Than Others

Potatoes, summer tomatoes, mozzarella (and not the subpar shredded kind). Drooling yet? Either way, take a gander at one of my favorite things to make during the summer:

This picture is from summertime, obviously.

"I just see a pizza," you say. But it has lovely, lovely parts that serve to make a greater whole. Those are fresh, juicy summer tomatoes just purchased from the farmers' market. The potatoes, too, have just been pulled from the ground. The cheese is freshly shredded. All this, plus oil, garlic and herbs, are on top of a pizza crust from Le Quartier. It is, in short, delicious. Here is how it's done:

Summer Pizza

1 large or 2 small local, organic tomatoes (because who needs that pesticide taste?)
1 large or 2-3 small local, organic potatoes, peeled and parboiled
(*I actually usually use spinach instead, but there's no picture of that. In any case, it's an easy substitute.)
4 ounces mozzarella, grated or sliced
Olive oil
2 cloves garlic
Herbs of choice - in the picture, I used dried thyme and rosemary.
1 Le Quartier Pizza Crust

Heat oven to 325° F.

Prepare vegetables by slicing potatoes into 1/2-1/4 inch pieces after they've been parboiled, slicing tomatoes to desired size, and mincing garlic.

Spread olive oil evenly on top of pizza crust. Add minced garlic, then potatoes (or spinach or both). Then add tomatoes. Top with cheese and herbs.

Put in oven for 10-15 minutes; take out after cheese has melted.

This is actually a very simple recipe, and one could substitute a number of vegetables that are available at your local farmers' market for what would certainly be a delicious meal. And, that, my friends, is why I miss summer.

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