Fall Galette

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I kind of got creative here.  And, thankfully this dish turned out wonderfully.  I used what I had on hand, and what is in season: potatoes, kale, apples, cranberries, brussels sprouts and turned it into a galette (a fancy word for a pie/pizza).

Ingredients:

2 red potatoes

a few kale leaves

a handful of brussels sprouts

1 apple (granny smith, or fuji – something crisp)

dried & sweetened cranberries

Parmesan cheese

salt

pepper

garlic powder

onion powder

fresh garlic

pie crust

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Directions:

1) boil the potatoes until you can pierce them with a fork, let cool.

2) thinly slice all of the vegetables and the apple.  Slice large-ish pieces of the Parmesan cheese with a vegetable peeler.

3) in a skillet, heat up some olive oil and once hot throw in the brussels, kale leaves, and crushed garlic – lightly season with salt, pepper, garlic & onion powder.  Remove from pan and set aside.

4) add more olive oil to the hot skillet.  Throw in the sliced potatoes in, lightly season with salt, pepper, garlic & onion powder.

5) on a floured surface roll out your pie crust then pace on a baking dish.  Spread the cooked & seasoned veggies on top of the pie crust.  Arrange the sliced apples on top, and then the slices of cheese on top of the apples.

6) Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 30-45 minutes until the crust is golden brown.  After the galette has cooked sprinkle the cranberries on top and serve hot.

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Pancetta, Cranberries & Candied Walnuts Brussels Sprouts

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As a child I hated Brussels sprouts.  That’s because my grandma boiled them, and probably only put salt, pepper and butter on them.  Yuck.  Now, I have learned to either bake or pan fry them with olive oil and to add some other seasonings – the seasons that I add are still pretty basic, but man oh man do they make these round little green veggies amazing!

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I typically only put olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic & onion power on Brussels sprout when I eat them for dinner.  But for Thanksgiving this year I decided to add a little bit of color and a lot of flavor to these vegetables that so many children and adults hate.  I wanted to make my friends believers of these little things.

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So, here’s what I did.  This served about 12 people, since it was Thanksgiving and we had so many sides.  I think this amount would serve 4 or so if it’s just for a regular meal.

Ingredients:

pancetta, one package

Brussels sprouts, 1 pound

salt

pepper

garlic powder

onion powder

dried cranberries (sweetened or unsweetened, your preference)

candied walnuts (or pecans)

grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

1.Wash the Brussels sprouts, chop of the stem end, then slice each into 4ths.

2. Cut the pancetta up into little squares and begin to heat in a large skillet.  Once the pancetta is hot, add the sliced Brussels sprouts.  Stir and sprinkle with the seasonings, stir again.

3. Add 1/4 cup of water and cover for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally.  Remove the lid and let the Brussels sprouts get crispy.

4. Right before serving stir in a handful or two of the dried cranberries, the candied walnuts and the grated Parmesan cheese.

5. Scoop out into a fancy dish and sprinkle with the remaining grated Parmesan cheese.  Serve warm.

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fancy pizzas

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I love pizza.  I could eat pizza at least once a week.  The thing is, pepperoni and cheese just ain’t my thing.  Call me a snob, but I like amazing, fresh ingredients on my pizzas.  I also like thin crust.  I don’t want dough to be the star of the pizza.

We made two different pizzas this night for dinner, and I have NO idea which was my favorite…they were both so dang good!

Ingredients for pizza #1:

crust of your choice (plus cornmeal to dust the top of the pan)

thinly sliced zucchini

thinly sliced Brussels sprouts

thinly sliced tomatoes

thinly sliced mozzarella cheese

thinly slice prosciutto

crumbled feta cheese

sun dried tomatoes

tomato paste with seasonings

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Ingredients for pizza #2:

crust of your choice (plus cornmeal to dust the top of the pan)

thinly sliced tomatoes

thinly sliced bell peppers

cooked and drained ground chorizo sausage

thinly sliced mozzarella cheese

tomato paste with seasonings

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If you don’t like these ingredients get creative!

to assemble the fancy pizzas:

1. Begin by rolling or tossing the dough into the size of your pan.  Then place it on the pan that is lightly dusted with cornmeal.

2. Spread a thin layer of seasoned tomato paste over your dough.

3. Layer your toppings.

4. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the crust is a golden brown.

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