I pride myself on knowing what to do in the kitchen. I can cook. Most often, by feel, touch, idea of what ingredients go together, rather than by a recipe. When my abilities are questioned or challenged, I take notice.
Last year, the Artist and I attended a Make Your Own Pizza Channukah get together at my friend’s house. My pizza was topped with arugula, thinly sliced pears, goat cheese, and toasted pine nuts. “I’m sorry to tell you this honey, but this pizza is horrible,” said the Artist. He said it a few times that night, and has been saying it occasionally since. It was time to redeem my pizza-making abilities!
And so on a late Saturday night after strolling through the streets of Seattle, visiting the Art Museum and reliving our first date at a coffee shop, we shopped for the pizza supplies and picked up a bottle of wine, just in case.
Mediterranean Pizza with Sausage, Artichoke Hearts and Pesto
1 pizza crust
1 cup hummus
1 chicken sausages, sliced
2 roasted red bell peppers, sliced
1/2 cup canned artichoke hearts, sliced
1/3 cup black olives, sliced
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 cup cheese, shredded
1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Oil a sheet pan or a pizza pan if you have one. If you have coarse cornmeal on hand, sprinkle it on the prepared sheet pan – your pizza crust with have an extra crispiness.
2. Spread the pizza crust on the prepared pan. Spread hummus over the crust.
3. Top with sausage, peppers, artichoke hearts, and olives.
4. Sprinkle with feta and shredded cheese. You might want to add some herbs or pepper flakes if you wish.
5. Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese melts and the crust is crisp. Cut in slices and enjoy with a glass of red wine.
The Artist approved! Happy pizza making.
PS There was half of a pizza left from dinner. I intended to use it to take better photos in the morning, with natural light. Alas, by the time I got to taking the pictures, the pizza was mysteriously missing.
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