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Back in the kitchen for a different take on pizza

We’ve got some relief from the heat: The nights are cooler and the days more tolerable. Now we can turn the oven on. I was thinking of the cocktail party we catered at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse last week. We look forward to this event every year and were very impressed with all the renovations that have taken place.

This event is a thank-you to the RWAM employees, a great afternoon of theatre and food. We served lots of food but one went quickly: the “black and blue” pizette. This can be done on the barbecue or in the oven. It works well with leftover steak or, as we used, beef tenderloin. So simple and delicious.

We do other flats in our store such as caramelized onion and local smoked sausage and cherry tomato pesto and goat cheese. Just a few ingredients can make a dinner or lunch with a salad.

Our onion marmalade appears in many different ways depending on the time of year. It’s an excellent condiment for burgers, sausage, sandwiches and, yes, pizza. It doesn’t have a strong onion flavour, but is mild and tasty. This stores in the fridge and has a great shelf life.

 

Pizza Dough

 

3/4 cup warm water

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp yeast

2 cup all purpose flour

1-1/2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp salt

Pesto

Sliced cooked beef

Crumbled blue cheese

Onion marmalade

Mozzarella

 

In small bowl, place warm water, honey and stir in the yeast. Allow to activate for approximately 5 minutes;

Pour in mixing bowl, add flour olive oil and salt. Mix with dough hook for approximately 5 minutes;

Place in oiled bowl and cover with cellophane. Allow to double in size;

Divide dough in half, roll out on floured surface into an oval shape; place on parchment lined pan;

Spread out pesto, add sliced beef, crumbled blue cheese, onion marmalade and mozzarella; season with pepper and bake in oven at 400 F until crust is golden.

 

Onion Marmalade

 

2 large red onions

1 cup vinegar

1 cup sugar

1 cinnamon stick

1 tsp pickling spice

Pinch of chilies

2 black peppercorns

 

Place sliced onions in a pot, then add other ingredients and simmer on stove top until they are tender and translucent, at least an hour;

Allow to cool and use to garnish your burger, sandwiches or pizza.

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