Storm the Cassoulet

TOP THIS! PIZZA

5 EASY STEPS TO A CRISP TOP THIS! PIZZA

PINPRICK THE CRUST
CHEESE FIRST, THEN THE SAUCE
LESS IS MORE – DON’T OVER TOP
BAKE OR  GRILL FOR 8 – 10 MINUTES
TEST FOR DONENESS

PINPRICK THE CRUST​

​To prevent the crust from bubbling in the oven, pierce it several times with the tips of a dinner fork. These holes will allow air to escape rather than forming bubbles.

CHEESE FIRST … THEN THE SAUCE​

​This is not mandatory but it’s a good tip. The wetter the sauce, the more you should heed this advice. Place sauce on top of the cheese by using a spoon to dollop — or a squeeze bottle to zigzag or spiral.

LESS IS MORE — DON’T OVER TOP​

Very thin crusts such as Top This! should be topped lightly. Use about one cup (5-6 oz.) of cheese per 13″ pizza. Add any other toppings sparingly … a little goes a long way.

​BAKE OR GRILL

In your oven:
Preheat to 450°. Bake directly on the middle oven rack or on a pizza stone (the pizza stone must be 450 degrees or hotter for at least 45 minutes). Cook 8 to 10 minutes. Do not use a pizza pan (even a perforated one), sheet pan or anything else to cook these pizzas.

On your outdoor gas grill:
​Preheat to 450° then turn one half of the grill very low and leave the other side on high heat. Cook pizza on low half of the grill, lid closed, checking often to be sure pizza is getting charred but not burnt. You may need to rotate the pizza to cook it evenly. ​​

TEST FOR DONENESS​

When you think the pizza is done, use kitchen tongs to lift it up about 6-8 inches on one side while still baking or grilling: IF IT BENDS, IT’S NOT DONE.​ Keep cooking until it does not bend.

 

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Homemade Mozzarella Cheese

Ingredients:

1 Gallon of Milk (Not Ultra Pasteurized)

1 1/2 tsp Citric Acid

1/4 Rennet Tablet or 1/4 tsp Single Strength Liquid Rennet

1 teaspoon kosher Salt

Purified or Distilled Water (Make sure water is not tap water.  Cannot use water that has any chlorine in it)

Equipment

Food Thermometer

Knife to Cut Curds

Spoon or Ladle to Stir Curds

5 quart Stainless Steel Pot

Large Stainless steel Colander

Large Glass bowl

Food grade, heat resistant gloves for stretching the curds

Method:

Prepare the Citric Acid and Rennet: Measure out 1 cup of water. Stir in the citric acid until dissolved. Measure out 1/4 cup of water in a separate bowl. Stir in the rennet until dissolved (mix the rennet just before you use it – potency expires in 20 minutes).

Warm the Milk: Pour the milk into the pot. Stir in the citric acid solution. Set the pot over medium-high heat and warm to 90°F, stirring gently.

Add the Rennet: Remove the pot from heat and gently stir in the rennet solution. Count to 30. Stop stirring, cover the pot, and let it sit undisturbed for 5 minutes.

Cut the Curds: After five minutes, the milk should have set, and it should look and feel like soft silken tofu. If it is still liquidy, re-cover the pot and let it sit for another five minutes. Once the milk has set, cut it into uniform curds: make several parallel cuts vertically through the curds and then several parallel cuts horizontally, creating a grid-like pattern. Make sure your knife reaches all the way to the bottom of the pan.

Cook the Curds: Place the pot back on the stove over medium heat and warm the curds to 105°F. Stir slowly as the curds warm, but try not to break them up too much. The curds will eventually clump together and separate more completely from the yellow whey.

Remove the Curds from Heat and Stir: Remove the pan from the heat and continue stirring gently for another 5 minutes.

Separate the Curds from the Whey: Ladle the curds into a microwave-safe bowl with the slotted spoon.

Microwave the Curds:  Microwave the curds for one minute. Drain off the whey. Put on your rubber gloves and fold the curds over on themselves a few times. At this point, the curds will still be very loose and cottage-cheese-like.

Microwave the Curds to 135°F: Microwave the curds for another 30 seconds and check their internal temperature. If the temperature has reached 135°F, continue with stretching the curds. If not, continue microwaving in 30-second bursts until they reach temperature. The curds need to reach this temperature in order to stretch properly.

Stretch and Shape the Mozzarella: Sprinkle the salt over the cheese and squish it with your fingers to incorporate. Using both hands, stretch and fold the curds repeatedly. It will start to tighten, become firm, and take on a glossy sheen. When this happens, you are ready to shape the mozzarella. Make one large ball, two smaller balls, or several bite-sized bocconcini. Try not to over-work the mozzarella.

The mozzarella can be used immediately or kept refrigerated for a week. To refrigerate, place the mozzarella in a small container. Mix a teaspoon of salt with a cup of cool whey and pour this over the mozzarella. Cover and refrigerate.

 

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Knox Blox

Ingredients

3 (1/4 ounce) envelopes unflavored gelatin (Knox)

4 (3 ounce) boxes Jell-O gelatin (any flavor)

4 cups boiling water

Method

 Put Jell-O and Knox gelatin into a bowl.

 Add water and stir until dissolved.

 Pour into 9×13 inch pan. Cool in refrigerator.

 When firm, (4 to 5 hours) cut into squares.

 

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Mug Scrambled Eggs

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INGREDIENTS:

1 egg

3 egg whites

2 tablespoons salsa or bruschetta

PREPARATION:

Mist an oversized mug with nonstick cooking spray, add the egg and egg whites and whisk. Add salsa and whisk again.

Microwave for 45 seconds, remove and stir it all up. Microwave for another 45 seconds, remove and stir it all up. Microwave one last time for 45 seconds and it’s ready to enjoy.

Top with optional seasonings, like ground black pepper, fresh chives, thyme or additional salsa. Grab a fork and dig in.

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Pastor Ryan’s Homemade Pasta

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(Pioneer Woman)

 Ingredients:

6 whole Eggs

3 cups All-purpose Flour

Method:

Rule of thumb: Two eggs per one cup of flour

Make a well in the center of your pile of flour and crack in your eggs. Slowly mix together with your hands. Turn it out onto a floured surface and knead (roll, punch, push, etc.) by hand until dough becomes smooth and pliable, adding flour to the board as necessary.

Let the dough rest for a little while before rolling it out. You can sort of figure on one egg per person to determine how much dough to make. Example: Two eggs and one cup of flour would make enough pasta dough for a dinner for two.

When you’re ready, roll it out on a floured surface as thinly as it’ll go. The noodles will plump up quite a bit when they boil in the water, so the thinner you can roll it, the better. Cut the noodles really thin. You can use a sharp knife (if you can keep it in a straight line), a pizza wheel, or a long pizza/bread cutter.

To cook the noodles, just boil them in salted water (very important!) for probably two minutes. They cook lightning fast, so don’t let ‘em go too long.

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Cookie in a Cup

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Ingredients:

1 tbsp. butter, melted

1 tbsp. white sugar

1 tbsp. brown sugar

3 drops of vanilla

pinch of salt

1 egg yolk

1/4 cup flour

2 tbsp. chocolate chips

Method:

Microwave 40-60 seconds in a cup or a small bowl.

You’ll have a single serving of a deep dish chocolate chip cookie.

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Oreo Frogs

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Ingredients:

Candy Eye Balls
Package of Green Candy Melts
Oreo Cookies
Pretzels
Red Candy (for the tongue – Starbursts, gum drops, etc.)
Green Sprinkles

Method:

Melt your chocolate following the directions of the bag.

Cover your pretzels and oreos in the chocolate.

Place pretzels together ( bottoms side by side)

Place oreo cooie on top of pretzels. Place your tongue, eyes and sprinkles on the cookie!

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Homemade Soft Pretzels

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Yield: 8 pretzels

Ingredients:

DOUGH:
3 teaspoons instant dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water (about 105 degrees F)
2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt

CRUST:
1 cup water
2 teaspoons baking powder
coarse sea salt or kosher salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

Method:

In a large bowl, combine the yeast, warm water and sugar. Add in the flour and salt and knead until smooth (you can use your hands, or you can use a stand mixer with a dough hook for this part).

Grease a second bowl with nonstick cooking spray and place the dough into the bowl. Cover with greased plastic wrap or a clean dish towel and let rise for 30 minutes in a warm place.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line 2-baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.

Divide the dough into 8 equal parts. Roll each part into a rope about 24 inches long and form into a pretzel shape

To Shape the pretzels: Lift the ends of the rope toward the top of your work surface and cross them. Cross them one more time to make a twist, then fold the twist back down over the bottom loop to form a pretzel shape  Set the pretzel on a parchment-lined baking sheet and continue shaping the rest of the pretzels.

In a shallow bowl, combine water and baking powder. Submerge each pretzel in the water and then place on the prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle with salt. Let the pretzels rest for 5 to 10 minutes.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush each hot baked pretzel with melted butter immediately after taking them out of the oven.

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1-Minute Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug

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Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon unsalted butter

1 Tablespoon granulated sugar

1 Tablespoon brown sugar, firmly packed

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon (pinch) salt

1 egg yolk

3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

1-2 Tablespoons chocolate chips

Method:

Microwave butter in a mug until melted, 30 seconds to 1 minute. With a spoon, mix in sugars, vanilla extract and salt until well-combined. Mix in egg yolk until no traces of the yolk are seen. Mix in flour. Fold in chocolate chips.

Microwave on high for 40 seconds, or a maximum of 50 seconds. Serve warm (maybe even with a dollop of ice cream).

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Cheese Stuffed Breadsticks

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Ingredients:

1 1 (10 5/8 ounce) package pillsbury refrigerated garlic breadsticks

5 ounces mozzarella string cheese ( 1 ounce pieces)

Parmesan cheese

Marinara sauce (optional)

Method:

Separate breadstick dough.

Open each package of string cheese.

Divide string cheese pieces in half.

Take 1 piece of cheese and wrap breadstick dough around it taking care to seal it completely.

Place each breadstick on a cookie sheet sprayed with Pam.

Spread garlic seasoning that is provided in the package on breadsticks.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Bake at 375 for 11-12 minutes.

Do not overcook.

Serve immediately…..dip in marinara.

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