Put Together the Perfect Summertime Meal

Picnic

To my shame, I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus  since September. Life events have kept me busy, including getting a brand new puppy (which means you can look forward to some homemade dog treat recipes). By way of apology, I’ve compiled a list of recipes from around the web to help you put together an awesome summertime meal, from start to finish.

Drinks

Raspberry and Serrano Sangria

Watermelon and Strawberry Lemonade

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Meatless Fridays: Sweet Potato and Sage Pizza

With this post I’d like to introduce a new feature to Chow City: meatless Fridays. I eat a lot of meat, almost every day, so I am trying to cut back, and will be looking for new, tasty meatless recipes to post every Friday. Lately, I’ve been expanding my horizons with spices and herbs and other flavor-adding ingredients, and while surfing the internet the other day, I found the perfect recipe to put my new-found skills to use: sweet potato and sage pizza. This recipe is delicious and flavorful, and wonderfully vegetarian. As an added bonus, sweet potatoes are pretty healthy, while at the same time not losing their subtle flavor. All in all, I found this pizza to be an explosion of subtle flavors, and extremely enjoyable.

Sweet Potato and Sage Pizza

Ingredients – to make a personal pizza:

  • 1/2-3/4 cup slices sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup sliced onion
  • 1 tbsp sage leaves
  • Olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese, by preference
  • Salt and pepper (I used garlic salt)
  • Pizza dough
  • Italian herbs and spices (I used parsley, thyme and oregano)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425. Mix together sweet potatoes, onion, sage, salt, pepper, and a little olive oil in a baking pan. Wrap unpeeled garlic cloves in aluminum foil and put them in the pan as well. Cook at 425 until tender, which should take 10-15 minutes.

Put cooking oil, crisco, or butter on the pan and put in the crust. Use your judgement on how big you want the pizza. Pre-bake crust for eight minutes.

Take the crust out and spread over it a mixture of olive oil, parsley, thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper. Put the potato and onion mix on top of the crust, and sprinkle cheese as desired over the top. Put back in the oven, cooking until it reaches desired crispness and the cheese melts, which could be anywhere from 10-18 minutes. Remove from oven and enjoy!

-Lisa