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pesto-caprese flatbread

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I found this in my recipe queue and since we’re on somewhat of a flatbread kick this week, it’s a good time to get it up on the blog!  It’s another flatbread dish that really doesn’t require a recipe – just have fun using as much or as little of the ingredients as you wish.  I love anything caprese style and if you do as well, this is a keeper.  And simple.  And delicious.  I used the Flatout brand for the flatbreads – six come to a package.  Double, triple, or quadruple the recipe to serve more hungry family or friends!  And I also used the Belgioioso brand pre-sliced fresh mozzarella which tends to be a little thicker and requires a little more baking time so adjust your time accordingly if you are using a thinner cheese.

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Veronica - What a beautiful flatbread! Looks so fresh and delicious! Something I can definitely pull together for a fast lunch. Gorgeous photo!

greek flatbread with genoa salami and feta

 

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Flatbreads don’t really need a recipe…..just choose your favorite flatbread, add toppings, bake, and enjoy!  I marinated the tomatoes in a flavorful extra-virgin olive oil along with kosher salt, coarse ground black pepper, and a good dose of dried Mediterranean oregano which provided the dish with an extra layer of flavor.  I LOVE feta cheese when it’s baked….the tops of the cheese get lightly golden brown and the taste is sublime – especially paired with the Genoa salami.  Really delicious – give it a try!

 

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spicy squid with grapefruit butter and bacon

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Isn’t everything better with bacon?  I don’t make it often, but this recipe pretty much begs for it to be added.  And I haven’t made squid in a while either and don’t know why.  It’s economical, low-calorie, and doesn’t always need to be fried for calamari.  Well, maybe it does need to be fried often for calamari on second thought……

But this is good.  Very good.  And saves you a heck of a lot of calories.

And oh you noticed that this recipe also has butter in its name?  Bacon AND butter?  Okay, now truly try to resist.

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Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel - my boyfriend is a huge fan of squid so he’d be happy if i made him a meal like this. well done!

Brian - There’s no denying the power of bacon… And I can just imagine how lovely it’d be on this gorgeous salad.

cavatappi with pancetta and wilted radicchio

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This is so good.  Really.  The flavors definitely create a party in your mouth.  The saltiness of the pancetta., the slight bite of the radicchio, and the creaminess of the mascarpone cheese or crème fraîche all meld together deliciously.  And the cavatappi pasta is the perfect shape for the ingredients to cling to.  If you can’t find cavatappi, you can easily substitute another shape of pasta such as fusilli.
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swoon winter salad with pine nuts and sizzling warm vinaigrette

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Well ladies and gents, it’s almost Valentine’s Day!  If you might be cooking for your special someone, this would make a fabulous salad course.  It’s sexy, warm, and inviting with a sensational layering of flavors including balsamic vinegar, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, brown sugar, garlic (yes, garlic!), and pine nuts.  Pine nuts just happen to be an aphrodisiac – ahem – and who knew.  Choose whatever greens you prefer – I used a mixture of a salad blend with herbs along with the more tender inside leaves of a head of escarole, and balanced the bitter of the escarole with sweet Boston lettuce.  The escarole stands up really well to the warm vinaigrette and is a welcome green in the winter months especially.  Just one note – stand back when you add the vinegars to the pan because the fumes will go straight up your nose and knock you out for a second or two.

Much thanks goes out to my friend Nancy Nicosia for this recipe – my then-husband and I had dinner at her house and she made this.  Definitely swoon-worthy.  Enjoy!

 

 

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