Spicy Sweet Summer

We are back to our normal routine this week after enjoying a night out on the town last Wednesday. In the spirit of Summer and to showcase the abundance of fresh ingredients, we once again chose to prepare a simple dinner using the wonderful ingredients at our disposal.
The appetizer was grilled jalapeno peppers made with jalapenos from our gardens. These peppers were grilled then stuffed with a goat cheese mixture and broiled until golden and bubbly.

The main course was an easy to prepare summer treat. The pizza came together quickly and easily while providing a refreshing summer delight.

Strawberry, Pistachio, and Goat Cheese Pizza

(from Cooking Light.com)

1 (12-ounce) prebaked pizza crust (such as Mama Mary's)
1/3 cup (3 ounces) crumbled goat cheese
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup trimmed watercress
1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Dash of salt
Dash of freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup (1 ounce) shaved fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

3 tablespoons shelled dry-roasted pistachios, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 425°.

2. Place crust on a baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 8 minutes. Remove from oven; arrange goat cheese evenly over crust.

3. Combine strawberries, watercress, olive oil, juice, salt, and black pepper; toss gently to coat. Arrange strawberry mixture evenly over goat cheese. Sprinkle pizza with Parmigiano-Reggiano and nuts. Cut into 12 wedges. Serve immediately.

Dessert was an almond shortbread topped with homemade strawberry jam and a dollop of goat cheese. This dessert was made extra special by our strawberry jam, made by our mother with locally grown strawberries. Thanks Mom!!

Another wonderful meal and Wednesday night. Try out these recipes, we don't think you will be disappointed.

Enjoy these last few weeks of summer, use the great ingredients available while you can!


Glenda said...

Wonderful menu for a summer evening. The appetizers I'm sure were just the item to get started with, and what a colorful dish they made. I would never have thought of those items for the pizza but it looks as though it turned out splendily! Glad you enjoyed the strawberry jam, and I could join you in that small way. Looking forward to the next blog already!!

SJ said...

what a lovely picture of the jalepenos, and what a pretty pizza!