Quattro formaggi – williams sonoma pizza book

Ingredients

Potato pizza dough:
1 boiling potato, 5 oz.
1 tsp active dry yeast
3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp lukewarm water
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus 1/2 cup for working
1 tsp salt

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil.

2 oz gorgonzola
2 oz fresh goat cheese
2 oz fontina’
2 oz mozzarella
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

How to prepare

Boil the potato in water to cover until tender, 20-30 minutes; drain and peel while still hot. Meanwhile, in a small bowl dissolve the yeast in the water and let stand until slightly foamy on top, about ten minutes. In a large bowl stir together the 2 1/2 cups flour and the salt. Pass the hot peeled potato through a sieve into the bowl and form the mixture into a mound. Make a well in the center of the mound and add the yeast mixture to the well. Using a fork and stirring in a circular motion, gradually pull the flour and potato into the yeast mixture. Continue stirring until a dough forms. Let rise in an oiled bowl until doubled, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Turn the dough out onto a surface dusted with the remaining flour. Shape your pizza as desired, let rise on a peel dusted with cornmeal for about 15 minutes and proceed. Makes enough dough for a 12″ thin-crust or a 9″ thick crust pizza.
Preheat an oven to 450f. If using a baking stone or tiles, place in the oven now. Place the gorgonzola and goat cheeses in the freezer to make them easier to slice. Thinly slice the four cheese separately. Shape the pizza dough and top with the cheeses. Transfer to the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven to 400f and bake until golden, about 10 minutes. Drizzle the oil over the top and serve immediately.

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Shrimp in Champagne Sauce with Pasta

Ingredients

1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 tbsp olive oil
3/4 lb med shrimp, shelled
1 1/2 cup champagne (asti)
1/2 tsp corning garlic pepper seas.
2 tbsp minced shallots or scallions
1 lg tomato, diced
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 lb dried thin spaghetti
3 tbsp chopped parsley
grated parmesan cheese

How to prepare

Saute mushrooms in med saucepan in hot olive oil over med-high heat. Cook just long enough to release mushroom juices and let them evaporate. Remove mushrooms and set aside. In same saucepan, combine shrimp, Champagne and garlic pepper seasoning.
Over high heat, heat to simmer. When liquid JUST boils, shrimp are done. Remove shrimp from cooking liquid with a slotted spoon immediately. Set shrimp aside. Add chopped shallots and tomatoes to cooking liquid. Boil over high heat until liquid is reduced to about 1/2 cup, approximately 8 min.. When liquid is reduced, add 3/4 cup heavy cream and boil 1 to 2 min., till slightly thickened and reduced. Add shrimp and mushrooms to sauce; heat through. Taste and add more seasoning if needed. Meanwhile cook pasta according to directions on package. Drain thoroughly and return to cooking pot.
Toss with remaining 1/4 cup cream and parsley. To serve, divide pasta between two plates. Spoon shrimp and sauce over pasta. Garnish with parmesan to taste. Makes 2 servings.

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Spinach, Rice and Feta Pie

Ingredients

2 tsp margarine
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 tsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
2 cups cooked long-grain rice
3/4 cup (3 oz ) crumbled feta cheese
1 lg egg, lightly beaten
2 lg egg whites
1 (10 oz ) pkg frozen, chopped spinach, thawed, drained and
squeezed dry
Olive oil flavored cooking spray
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 400. Melt margarine in lg saucepan over med heat. Add chopped onion, and saute 3 minutes. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until well blended. Bringmixture to a simmer, and cook 1 minute or until slightly thick, stirringconstantly. Remove saucepan from heat, and stir in the cooked rice,crumbled feta cheese, egg, egg whites, and spinach. Pour mixture into a 9″ pie plate coated with cooking spray. SprinkleParmesan cheese over pie. Bake pie at 400 for 35 minutes or until set. Broil 2 minutes or until pie is golden brown. 6 servings.

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Hash brown casserole

Ingredients

3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 bag (2 pounds) frozen hash browns
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup cubed ham
10 eggs, beaten
Salt and pepper
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

How to prepare

Heat oil in a lg skillet. Add hash browns, onions and green peppers. Cook until potatoes begin to brown. Spray a 9 x 13 x 2″ baking dish with vegetable oil spray. Spread potato mixture in pan. Top with ham. Pour eggs over all and season with salt and pepper. Gently stir to coat all ingredients with egg. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight. Bake, covered, at 375

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Grapefruit scallop ceviche

Ingredients

1 lb bay scallops
4 scallions, chopped, white part only
1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice
1 tbsp grated grapefruit zest
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
2 tbsp grated lime zest
6 to 8 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1 tbsp finely chopped cilantro leaves
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
1 tsp dried oregano
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
crushed red pepper, to taste

How to prepare

Combine all the ingredients except the scallops in a non-reactive mixing bowl, preferably glass. Mix well to blend. Then add the scallops and refrigerate, covered, overnight. Before serving, drain well and discard the marinade. Serve on salad greens. Makes 6 to 8 appetizer servings

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Pasta salad with smoked salmon

Ingredients

Marinade
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 tbsp grainy mustard
1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce
salt and freshly cracked pepper
1 lb small pasta shells, cooked
1 cup fresh parsley, finely minced
1 cup green onions, sliced 1/4″ long
1/4 cup fresh baby dill, finely chopped
1/2 lb smoked salmon, sliced very thin and into strips
1 small cucumber, sliced paper-thin

How to prepare

In a large bowl, whisk together marinade ingredients. Add pasta and toss. Cover and set aside at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Toss in parsley, onions and dill. Carefully add salmon, being careful not to break up the julienne strips. Garnish six or eight serving dishes with cucumber slices by making a circle around outer edge of dish. Place salad on a mound in center of dish. Makes 6 to 8 servings

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Pork tenderloin with pear sauce

Ingredients

2 tsp dijon mustard
1 shallot, chopped
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp pepper
1 lb pork tenderloin
2 tbsp butter
1 pear, cored, unpeeled, thinly sliced
3/4 cup marsala wine
2 tsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp nutmeg

How to prepare

In a food processor, combine mustard, shallot, nutmeg, thyme, salt, cinnamon and pepper; process until creamy. Rub over pork. Place tenderloin in roasting pan and roast in a 375 degree oven for 25 to 35 minutes.
To make sauce, melt butter in saucepan. Add pear slices and saut

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Overnight eggnog french toast

Ingredients

8 slices egg or raisin bread
6 eggs
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups eggnog or buttermilk
1 tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Maple syrup, as accompaniment

How to prepare

1 arrange bread in a single layer in a 13 x 9 x 2 -” baking pan
2 in a med bowl, whisk eggs until blended whisk in sugar, eggnog, nutmeg, cinnamon, and butter pour mixture over bread turn slices to coat cover with plastic Wrap and refrigerate overnight
3 preheat oven to 400f bake 10 mins turn bread over and bake until golden color, 5 Mins serve with maple syrup serves: 6.

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Thai fish curry

Ingredients

1/3 cup finely chopped onion
2 tbsp minced fresh cilantro stems
2 tbsp minced fresh lemon grass (from bottom 6″ of stalk)
1 tbsp turmeric
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
1 tbsp ground cumin

3 large garlic cloves, halved
3/4 tsp dried crushed red pepper
1 tbsp vegetable oil
3/4 lb 1 1/2″ thick sea bass fillets, cut into 3″ pieces
1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk

2/3 cup bottled clam juice
minced fresh cilantro freshly
cooked rice

How to prepare

Blend first 8 ingredients in processor to dry paste, stopping frequently to scrape down sides of work bowl. (paste can be prepared 3 days ahead. Cover and chill.) Heat oil in medium non stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 rounded tbsp spice paste; stir 1 minute. Add fish and cook 2 minutes, turning occasionally with tongs. Add coconut milk and clam juice and simmer until fish is cooked through, turning occasionally, about 6 minutes. Transfer fish to plate. Boil liquid until reduced to thick sauce, about 8 minutes. Season with salt. Return fish to sauce and heat through. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve over rice. The mild spice paste is also great used as a base for chicken and shrimp curries. Serves: 2

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