Tangy Pepper and Olive Pepperoni Pizza




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 As much as I try I just cannot go a week without pizza. I even considered a cheese-less kale pizza to try and justify my cravings. This pizza has half the fat of a pizza from a local chain and is bursting with flavor. The mild garlic olives infused with the spice from the jalapenos and splash of sweet from the banana peppers. Such a winning combo. I added in a few boarshead pepperonis because they are my all time favorite.

What you need:

For the dough:

1 Cup of AP Flour

1/2 packet of active yeast

1/2 cup of warm water

1/2 tsp italian seasoning

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

1/4 tsp salt

For the toppings:

banana peppers

jalapenos

garlic marinated olives

boardshead pepperoni

mozzarella

pizza sauce of your choice

How to make it:

Preheat your oven to 375.

I used a bread machine and just dumped all the ingredients in the machine on the dough setting. This dough does not need more then 20 minutes of rise time. We are making a fairly thin crust.  If you do not have a bread machine just mix your sugar, water, and yeast together. Let sit for 2 minutes then add the rest of the ingredients.

Roll your dough out as thin as you prefer. I did about 1/2 an inch thick.

Top your pizza with the sauce, cheese, peppers, olives and pepperoni. Bake for 30 minutes or until the crust has a deep golden color and cheese is bubbling.

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Just try to only have one piece 😉

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Jalapeno Honey Butter and Spicy Fried Chicken




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   Honey butter is one of my favorite indulgences. The richness of the salted butter combined with the sweet smooth honey flavor just cannot be beat. This brings back memories of Sunday dinners when I was growing up. My mom usually paired a comforting bowl of chili with corn bread twists and hot honey butter. I wanted to spice things up a little bit and added some jalapeno. It ended up being the perfect balance of salty, sweet and spicy. This entire meal was built around this jalapeno honey butter to be honest. Just try not to eat it all! Savory toast smothered in this butter topped with crispy chicken breast. The side dish possibilities are endless.

What you need:

For the jalapeno honey butter-

1 fresh jalapeno – seeded, ribs removed, and finely chopped

2 tbsp salted butter

1 tbsp honey

For the chicken-

2 chicken breasts

2 cup of flour

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt

2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp italian seasoning

1 egg

1 cup of milk

peanut oil for frying

Sourdough Bread

Directions:

For the honey butter:

Melt the butter and mix in the jalapenos and honey. Once combined place in the freezer for 10 minutes.

For the chicken:

I preheated a deep fryer with the peanut oil at 375. Mix together the egg and milk. Add chicken and soak while the rest of the ingredients are put together. In a separate bowl mix together flour and spices. Drop chicken into the flour mix and cover entirely. Fry the chicken until internal temp is 155 (the chicken will continue to rise to 165 once you let rest). My chicken was about 1/2 inch thick and took around 15 minutes to fry. Remember to flip the chicken half way through for even coloring.

Let chicken rest for at least 10 minutes then slice in half.

Toast the sourdough bread and top with the chilled butter.

Serve alone or with your choice of side.

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Homemade Garlic Cheese Bagels + Healthy (er) Cajun Fries

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I have always wanted to try making my own bagels. It just always seemed like it would be such a long process. Last week I had extra time before work so I stopped by a local bagel shop to pick up coffee and a fresh french toast bagel. Something about that smooth crispy texture with the soft bread just wins me over every time. I decided I was going to make my own savory version as soon as possible. “P” and I love breakfast sandwiches on the weekends. We were brainstorming different flavors when I remembered a smoked gouda I still had in the fridge. Then it was born- the garlic gouda bagel.

 

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The recipe is simple. If you have a bread maker then you can whip these up with only 10 minutes of hands on time.

What you need:

Bagels-

3 1/2 cups of bread flour

1/4 tsp fine salt

3 heaping tsp sugar

2 packs of dry active yeast

1 egg white

1 1/4 cups warm water

Shredded Smoked Gouda

Garlic Powder

Sea Salt

Pepper

Fries-

2 Large Russet Potatoes

Olive Oil

Sea Salt

Cajun Seasoning

How to make them:

   2 hours before you plan on serving mix together your dough. I used a bread machine on my dough setting. You can also use a mixer with dough attachment. In my bread machine I started with the sugar, water, and yeast. The warm water and sugar is going to activate your yeast. You would start this way in a mixer as well. Let the yeast sit for about 2 minutes or so. You can smell the yeast once it starts to activate. Add in your flour, egg white, and salt. I always put my salt in last because you never want it to directly touch the yeast. In a mixture you would just mix until combined, form a ball then let sit covered to rise. In the bread machine you just leave on the dough setting until it runs the cycle. My machine mixes the dough, lets it rise, kneads the dough, then lets it rise again. Your dough will have doubled by the end of two hours. Preheat your oven to 350. Drop onto a floured surface and make 6 evenly proportioned balls of dough. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. While the dough is resting bring a pot of water to a boil. I used a deep 12 inch sautee pan and it worked perfect. Poke your thumb though each ball creating a 2 inch opening. Turn your water down to a rolling simmer and drop in your dough. I did 3 at a time. It is important to only boil for 40-45 seconds. 20 on each side. Any longer and you start to get a tough exterior. They will start to firm up instantly. Place them on a baking pan and sprinkle your cheese and seasoning on each one.

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Bake for 25-30 minutes until the exterior is lightly golden. Put bagels on a cooling rack and turn the oven up to 425. Cut your potatoes in halves then in wedges or strips. Laying them out on your baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Liberally season

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Bake for about 20 minutes depending on your desired crisp level.

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Serve your bagels with your desired filling. We used eggs, bacon, spicy bbq sauce, tomato and cheese.

Enjoy!!!!

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  • Bagel tip- if your bagels are too hard after baking store them in a Tupperware while still warm. The steam will soften them dramatically.
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