After my friend’s bridal shower on Sunday, I was stuffed – we had prepped the food, sampled the food, and grazed all day long. By 7pm that night, I was hungry and wanted something substantial – luckily I had some Trader Joes garlic and herb dough that needed to be used and the perfect toppings leftover from the pasta salad I made for the shower.
I always divide the TJ’s dough into two smaller sections, which allows me to make pizzas with two different toppings. Plus, I like my crust on the thin side, and I can only fit half the dough on my pizza stone. I preheated the oven to 425 and baked each crust for about 5 minutes before topping them.
I threw some cherry tomatoes, basil, and oregano into the magic bullet for a quick homemade sauce, then topped this with a mix of buffalo mozzarella and shredded mozzarella, then added some romano after it came out of the oven.
The fresh sauce, combined with the flavorful dough and simple cheese made this pizza a winner.
For the second crust, I made a quick spinach spread with butter beans, sautéed spinach, garlic, and a few tablespoons of olive oil.
Topped with artichokes, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, and feta.
I’m thinking I’ll drizzle some balsamic on top when I have the leftovers later tonight.
I purcahsed a few new (to me) products at the grocery store last night. This brand of granola was on sale 3/$9, and “dark chocolate almond” was a combination I couldn’t pass up.
The box was full of big clusters (which is key to a good granola, you know), and the nutrition profile wasn’t too bad for being “chocolate”.
One of my other random purchases was a bag of dates. I’m typically a big fan of dried fruit (I buy apricots and prunes regularly), but hadn’t been able to find dates that weren’t sweetened. I’m seen them used in several recipes around the blog community, so I picked up a bag.
Not thrilled with the flavor, but I’m excited to try to use them in baking and other recipes.
What’s your favorite topping combination when making (or ordering) pizza?
Any recommendations for ways to use my dates?