Meat-Eaters and Vegetarians Unite: Pizza Night!

For Her: Fontina, Radicchio, Caramelized Onions and Fennel Pizza

For Him: Summer Sausage, Orange Bell Peppers and Caramelized Onions and Fennel Pizza

 

I. Love. Pizza. Night. I had a bunch of produce that needed to be used up, so Pizza Night sounded like the best option – let’s be honest, when is Pizza not a good idea? I usually make my own pizza dough, but I was feeling lazy (and pressed for time) so I picked up some dough balls from Sunflower Farmer’s Market along with some summer sausage for my boy toy. We decided to get creative and the results were AMAZING! Recipe below:

 

Fontina, Radicchio, Caramelized Onions and Fennel Pizza

  • 1/2 cup Caramelized Fennel and Onions (I make these in advance)
  • 4 ounces shredded fontina
  • 1/2 head of radicchio, chopped, salted and oiled
  • fennel fronds
  • Ball of Pizza dough
  • Truffle Oil

 

Summer Sausage, Orange Bell Peppers and Caramelized Onions and Fennel Pizza

  • 1/4 lb Summer Sausage, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Caramelized Fennel and Onions (I make these in advance)
  • 4 ounces shredded mozzarella
  • 4 ounces shredded Asiago
  • 1/2 c. My Favorite Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 Orange Bell Pepper, julienned
  • Ball of Pizza dough
  • Truffle Oil

 

Instructions:

1) Preheat oven to 425°. Begin to roll out each dough ball into a 10″ disc.
2) Meanwhile, prep your toppings by slicing and dicing; set aside.
3) Add 3 Tbsp. of truffle oil for one of the pizzas (Hers) and tomato sauce for the other (His).
4) Add cheeses and toppings to your liking.
5) Bake side-by-side for 20-25 minutes.
6) Open up a bottle of wine and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

My Favorite Tomato Sauce

If there is one thing you should know about me, it’s that I personally believe that Chef Robert Irvine can do no wrong. I absolutely love him. I also, absolutely love a big heaping bowl of pasta goodness drenched in a tangy tomato sauce. I was in the search for a simple, but delicious, tomato sauce and Chef Irvine delivered! Recipe below 🙂

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced or minced
  • 1 large onion yellow, diced
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 2 cups minced or grated carrots
  • 3 tablespoons thyme leaves, minced
  • 30 ounces whole peeled tomatoes, crushed
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Over medium-high heat, add the olive oil to a saucepan and heat. Add the garlic and onions and cook until the onions soften. Next, add the wine, deglazing the pan. Reduce the heat to medium and add the carrots and thyme, cooking for an additional 5 minutes. Finally, add the tomatoes and their juices, bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the basil and continue to cook over a low heat for 20 to 30 minutes. Season to taste and remove from the heat.