While The Man was on a week long trip to Dallas, I only had to run the dishwasher once. A typical week around here sees no less than 6 dish cycles. Needless to say, I cook alot and we eat alot! But with him gone (and numerous friends or family inviting us for dinner) I barely touched the stove. However, I did take advantage of his absence to re-create a salad that uses 2 ingredients that he hates – sweet potatoes and pecans.
Thrive is a cool carry-out cafe. They tout their use of locally sourced, organic ingredients and are the only “green certified” restaurant in Savannah. I’m not sure what that means….but trendy claims aside, their food is very good. One of their side dishes is a roasted sweet potato salad. A great mix of savory and sweet that can be served cold or room temp. Makes for a healthy lunch, or an ideal side dish at dinner. Here is my knock off of their salad (which I think is a knock off of a Whole Foods salad….)
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
- 1 Lb. sweet potatoes, peeled and large diced
- 1/4 C. red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/4 tsp. Chinese 5 Spice
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1 C. spinach
- 1/4 C. raisins
- 1/4 C. pecans, roughly chopped
- 3 T. balsamic vinegar
- 1 T. honey
- 1 T. olive oil
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- salt and pepper to taste
In a large bowl, toss together sweet potatoes, onion, Chinese 5 Spice and pepper. Mix until spices evenly coat. Pour onto a parchment lined sheet pan. Evenly spread vegetables, so they are in a single layer. Roast at 400F for 40 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through and lightly browned.
Transfer roasted sweet potatoes and onions to a bowl. Add spinach, raisins and pecans. In a small bowl, combine vinegar, honey, oil, cinnamon and salt and pepper. Whisk until incorporated. Pour over sweet potato mixture. Toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until read to serve.
Can be served cold or room temperature.
If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you already know I have a penchant for not-so-common pizza toppings. And here is another – eggs! Ok, wipe that look off your face….I know it sounds completely inappropriate, but to date I have a 100% success rate in changing the Ewww’s! to Ooooh’s! when presenting this pizza to guests.
The Fiorentina Pizza is not my unique idea. It is one of the many delicious pizzas created by UK-based pizza chain Pizza Express. While living in London in the 90’s, Pizza Express was a staple in our family’s diet. Weekly (sometimes daily….) visits were a must. My go-to was always the Margherita (mozzarella and tomato) until I was introduced to the Fiorentina by best friend Kelly. Despite being topped with ingredients I thought I didn’t like (spinach, olives, runny eggs), I ignored my gut instincts and had a bite. Oh. My. God. That sh*t was good! The salty olives, earthy spinach and just enough run in the egg yolk to create a bonus sauce – everything melded into awesomeness.
- Pizza dough
- Pizza sauce (store bought)
- 4 – 6 Oz. frozen spinach, thawed and drained
- Fresh mozzarella, shredded
- 6 – 8 black olives, pitted and chopped
- 2 – 3 eggs, room temperature
Preheat gas grill and pizza stone on high heat. Spread dough out on a floured pizza peel. Shimmy, to ensure it is not sticking. Spread the pizza sauce evenly around the crust. Scatter the spinach, olives and cheese evenly. Transfer to the pizza stone, and lower heat to medium. Crack each egg onto the pizza, trying not to let them overlap. Allow to cook for 10 -12 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and dough is cooked through. Also make sure that egg whites are cooked through. Transfer back to the peel. Allow to cool for 5 – 10 minutes before cutting.
Pizza Dough (for one pizza)
- 1 C. flour
- 1/2 tsp. yeast
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 – 1/3 C. warm water
Combine flour, yeast and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Slowly add water until you reach desired consistency. Turn to “stir” and knead for 7 – 10 minutes. Dump into oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise for until doubled in volume. Punch down dough, and divide into balls (one for each pizza). Cover until ready to use.
A quick, healthy breakfast – an Eggs Florentine Sandwich goes together in minutes and is a great jump start for the day.
Saute spinach (or mixed greens, as I am using today) in a little garlic infused olive oil. When just wilted, crack an egg in the middle. Sprinkle it with black pepper and parmesan cheese, and put a lid on it. Turn the heat down to low, and allow the egg to cook to your desired runny-ness (or hardness, if that’s what you prefer.
Slide onto toast, and enjoy!
I usually spend the first half of Sunday in the kitchen – making breakfast, baking dessert, prepping dinner, etc. Well I have some other things that I need to take care of today. Like taking down the Christmas tree. Yes – it’s halfway through January, and my house is stuck in December 2012! My 3 year old says we should just leave it up, because “Christmas is coming up again.” She technically is correct…and I’m not sure where the line between this Christmas and last Christmas is – that line that some folks cross and say “screw it, just leave the lights up – but I know we are NOT there yet. And if I can get this done today, I will hopefully never cross that line!
But just because I’m busy de-Christmas-tizing, we still have to eat! So here’s what I’ve got planned…
Sunday Dinner – Grilled Ribeye Steak over Mushroom Risotto with Sauteed Spinach.
Later in the week – Shrimp & Grits, Chipotle Burgers, and Tortellini with Chicken Sausage & Brussel Sprouts. And maybe some Cherry Handpies….