Thanks to some great inspiration, this was a perfect Friday night meal.
I woke up to an episode of Mexico: One Plate at a Time on the DVR featuring Chicago Chef and mexican food/culture enthustiast, Rick Bayless. If you love Mexican food or just have a lot of interest in cooking, I highly recommend this show. Rick teaches about so many aspects of Mexican traditional dishes and often takes you into his restaurants and his impressive garden.
This episode included a delicious looking pizza that featured a no-knead crust made from a beer-based dough. Rick topped this crust with tomatillo salsa, sauteed chorizo, goat cheese and thinly sliced red onion. I decided to change a few things based on what I had on hand.
- Roasted Tomatillo Salsa, but add 2-3 more Serranos or Jalepenos (Recipe Here)
- Pizza dough – I used whole wheat from a tube
- Spicy Sausage – I used smoke andouille chicken sausage, (I recommend real chorizo)
- White Cheese – Monterey Jack or Oaxacan cheese
Directions: Cook the crust according to package directions at least half way before adding any other ingredients. Saute 2-3 links of spicy sausage with onions in olive oil until the meat is browned, not burnt and the onions are soft (chop up or crumble to your liking). When the pizza crust is just starting to become golden, remove it from the oven and add the other ingredients. Spread the tomatillo salsa over the pizza crust and distribute shredded white cheese over the whole
pie pizza. Finally, add the sausage and onion mixture to the top. Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes or until you feel you’ve made the finest pizza you are capable of making. Serve with beer or sun tea or both. Enjoy!
P.S. I told Rick Bayless (via Twitter) how much I enjoyed his Roasted Tomatillo Salsa recipe and sent him some pics. You’ll never guess what he said……For another amazing pizza recipe check out A Fork in Each Hand.
To see an impressive pepper garden and hear some lovely tunes check out Way Right Kevin’s Youtube page.
Next Week - “Peppermeister’s Pick a Pic of Peppers Contest” to win this awesome Chile Roaster, details soon.