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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Balsamic chicken & broccoli

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 small yellow onion, thinly sliced, cut into thirds
2 tbsp shallots, minced
1/4 cup white wine
2 whole chicken breasts, boneless, cut into strips
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 cup broccoli spears
1 cup mushrooms, oyster or shitake, sliced or whole
1/3 cup chicken stock
1/4 tsp salt pasta or brown rice
freshly ground black pepper to taste

How to prepare

Heat the oil in a heavy pot. Add the garlic, onion and shallots and cook until light golden. Keep the pot covered between stirrings and use a tablespoon or so of the wine if more liquid is needed. Add the strips of chicken and enough of the wine to keep the meat from sticking to the pot. Cook until the chicken is white all the way through, about 5 to 7 minutes (use more wine if needed). Remove the chicken and saut

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Nepal potato salad

Ingredients

4 medium size waxy boiling potatoes
4 tbsp ground roasted sesame seeds
4 tbsp lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
1 tsp salt
1 hot green chiles, finely minced
4 tbsp sesame oil
2 tsp vegetable oil
Pinch ground asafoetida*
8 to 10 whole fenugreek seeds*
3 tbsp cilantro minced

How to prepare

Boil the potatoes in a big pot. Meanwhile, combine the chiles, salt, lemon juice and ground roasted sesame seeds in a non-metallic bowl. Add the sesame oil just a little at a time and mix in with a wire whisk. Using a metal ladle heat the vegetable oil by holding it over heat. When quite hot, add the asafoetida powder and fenugreek seeds. The fenugreek seeds will start to darken in the hot oil in just a few seconds, when this happens dump it all into the bowl. Mix well, then add the cilantro and mix some more. Check your seasonings. When the potatoes are done, drain and peel while hot (holding with a fork if you need to.) The peel should slide right off. Cut into 3/4″ dice and add to the bowl of dressing. Gently mix to coat all the cubes and finally adjust your seasonings if needed. Let cool, cover and refrigerate. You can eat this after a couple of hours, either cold or room temperature. However, it’s supposed to be much better the next day. It keeps for up to 4 days refrigerated.

* Look for these in an indian or middle-eastern grocery

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Snickers cheesecake

Ingredients

1 cup chocolate wafer crumbs
3 tbsp margarine, melted
24 oz cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unbleached all-purp. Flour
3 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream

1 tsp vanilla
1 cup mini snickers bars cut into chunks (about 16 mini-bars)

How to prepare

Combine crumbs and margarine; press onto bottom of 9″ spring form pan. Bake at 350

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Greek chick-pea soup

Ingredients

1/2 lb dried chick-peas
2 garlic cloves, sliced
2 tsp baking soda
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
6 to 8 cups water
2 med onions finely chopped
Strained fresh juice of 1 lemon
3 lb tomatoes chopped
1 lb bay leaf

How to prepare

Wash and soak chick-peas according to package directions. Drain and sprinkle with salt. Let stand 15 minutes.Remove husks by rubbing chick-peas between thumb and forefinger. Rinse well and drain. In a large pot,heat the oil and saute onions and peas stirring with a wooden spoon,until onions are translucent. Add tomatoes and stir over low heat for 2-3 minutes. Add bay leaf,garlic,salt and pepper, and 6 cups of water to start. Cover and bring to a boil, simmer, stirring occassionally for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or longer until peas are tender. Add more water it necessary. Remove from heat discard bay leaf and stir in lemon juice.

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Chicken stock, by julia child.

Ingredients

2 qt or so raw and/or cooked chicken bones and scraps
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup carrot
1/2 cup celery
1 medium imported bay leaf

8 parsley stems
5 peppercorns

How to prepare

Chop the bones and scraps into 1″ pieces and bring to the simmer in a saucepan (3 qt stainless steel suggested) with water to cover by 1″ and salt. As a simmer is reached, gray scum will rise to the surface for several minutes; skim it off occasionally until it most ceases to rise. Add the remaining ingredients. Cover the pan loosely and simmer 1 1/2 hrs., Adding a little water if the liquid evaporates to expose the ingredients. Strain through the sieve into a bowl, an degrease. To yield about 2 quarts

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Gourmet’s curry crockpot

Ingredients

1 large onion, peeled and chopped 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
3 tbs. Butter or vegetable oil
1 lb. Bottom round of beef, cut in 1″ cubes
1 tbs. Ground coriander
1/2 tsp. Ground turmeric
1/2 tsp. Ground cumin
1/2 tsp. Red pepper flakes
1/8 tsp. Ground ginger
2 cups beef bouillon

How to prepare

To cook: in a large skillet over medium high heat, saut

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Sour cream coffee cake

Ingredients

Streusel mix:
1/2 cup brown sugar – packed
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp cinnamon
2 tbsp melted butter
Cake mix:
1/2 cup soft margarine
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
2 cup flour
1/2 tbsp baking soda

1 tbsp baking powder

How to prepare

Mix streusel ingredients well and set aside cream the soft margarine, and add the Eggs and beat well add sugar and beat again, add sour cream beat all very well, and Set aside sift together (or stir together gently) the flour, baking soda, and Baking powder add – flour mixture to marg/egg/sugar mixture stir – gently until Well mixed add – 1 tbsp vanilla and stir in gently put – in a buttered and floured Pan first 1/2 of batter, then most (80 – 90%) of streusel mix, then rest of batter, Then rest of streusel mix on top (use a round pan with the tube/post whatever you Call it in the middle) preheat oven to 350, bake for 45 minutes

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Gyro

Ingredients

1 lb ground pork
1 lb ground lamb
1 tsp salt
some freshly ground black pepper
6 cloves of crushed garlic
the juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp oregano
2 tbsp ouzo

How to prepare

Mix and mold the meat on a metal skewer. Grill. Serve on pita bread, garnish with tzatziki, chopped tomatoes, sliced onions, some parsley, a sprinkling of oregano.

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