Margherita Pizza is my Favorite!
I’ve been surprised to find that there are a lot of people that don’t know what a Margherita Pizza is. Maybe because it isn’t on the Menu at most of the large corporate food chains. I don’t know. But I do know that this is one of my favorite Pizza’s by far. The sauce is made from 3 different ingredients; salt, olive oil and garlic. And as far as I’m concerned, that’s just a winning combination. The other ingredients that make up a Margherita Pizza, other than cheese, are Roma Tomatoes and fresh Basil. Never EVER use dry Basil when you’re making this Pizza. I just can’t stress that enough. You’ll never get the same taste that everyone expects when they sink their teeth into a Master piece like this one, and you’ll very quickly turn what most people consider a work of art, into a piece of trash!
Margherita Pizza Ingredients:
3 large chopped Garlic Cloves
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 tsp salt or to taste
2 Sliced Roma Tomatoes
4 lg chopped Basil Leaves
Provolone and Mozzarella Cheese
Once you’ve rolled out your dough, throw down some corn meal on your pizza pan to prevent sticking and spread the dough out evenly. CLICK HERE if you need a dough recipe. Then combine the Olive Oil, Salt and Chopped Garlic in a Large bowl and place the Chopped tomatoes in it for marinating; 10 to 20 minutes. Chop the Basil and Grade the Cheese if you haven’t already. Drizzle the olive oil over the dough and use it as the sauce. Lay down the cheese, then top with tomatoes and fresh Basil and spread evenly like pepperoni. Drizzle the left over oil, chopped garlic and the juice from the tomatoes over the entire pizza, and sprinkle just a little more cheese over the tomatoes. Bake on the very bottom rack at 550 degrees for 6 minutes, or 500 degrees for 8. Ovens are different, that’s why there’s a variance. Enjoy your Margherita Pizza.
The Best King Crab Legs
The thing about King Crab Legs, or any crab legs for that matter, is that they are already cooked when you buy them. I know, Shocker, right? So all we need to do is reheat them and you just need to choose the method you’d like to prepare them. Steaming is an easy way if you have a big enough pot that can be covered with a lid. A few inches of boiling water in the bottom will get them done in about 4 minutes. Just make sure that you get the water to a rolling boil before you actually add the King Crab Legs. Most people don’t realize that you can actually cheat and take it a step further; you can usually have them steamed at the place of purchase when you are buying them. Of course this means you need to be picking them up at meal time but if you’re waiting on the oven for bake potatoes, a quick trip to the grocery is perfect for that waiting time; just a suggestion.
Be Careful Grilling King Crab Legs
Grilling King Crab Legs leaves people oohing and awing every time you flip open the lid, but you need to be very careful not to dry them out. Even though you tend to gain the Smokey flavor of the grill, you lose the natural flavors of the crab meat. Remember this is just a reheat anyway so you don’t want them on the grill for too long. 10 minutes on low with the lid down, tops!
The oven will have a similar effect that grilling does if you don’t cover up the Crab Legs. It will dry them out, and you will lose flavor. The way I show you how to cook them in this tutorial is on a broiler pan covered with tin foil. The reason I do it this way is because you get the best of both worlds. By adding a half cup of water to the pan you get the steaming effect with convection as the heat rises from underneath the King Crab Legs, then the heat reflects off the foil, cooking the top. It’s win-win.
You can do a reheat in the microwave, but I don’t recommend it. In fact I don’t recommend that any meat go in the microwave for a reheat, EVER! I’ll get into that at later time.
King Crab Legs and Santolla Reds
Now, the crab legs that I’m introducing are not your traditional King Crab Legs. These are called Santolla Reds. The reason I’m using these instead of the other is they are practically the same thing. First off, they are almost exactly the same size; same look and everything that way. The only difference that I’ve noticed is they are a little bit saltier, so I just use unsalted butter. Second, it’s about the cost. I wouldn’t be living up to my reputation as the Poor Man’s Gourmet Kitchen showing you recipes at “A Low Budget Wonder”, if I was showing off recipes that aren’t affordable. Santolla Reds, if you can find them, are usually at least half the price of regular King Crab Legs. I can pick them up at Smith’s right now, for $6.99 a pound, and that’s year ‘round! Try getting more than a pound and a half of king crab legs at any restaurant these days for under $26 bucks! It’s worth doing it at home, and worth knowing a few tricks to cooking King Crab Legs and other gourmet meals at a low budget wonder.
The Best Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
I love Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms. I order them every time I see them on the menu, which is rare, but I love how these things just sit in melted butter, begging to be plucked from their assortment. I stuff them with the chopped stems, green onion, bell pepper, parsley, bacon and seasoned breadcrumbs. I find that dressing breadcrumbs work the best and I saute everything in butter, so it’s really moist before I fill the caps.
My Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
I was baffled by these years ago. The flavors were confusing to me and I wasn’t quite sure, a) What was in them, and obviously b) How to make them because of it. However, snooping around on Pinterest, recently, I ran into a photo that someone had posted and it hit me! So I figure that maybe there’s a few of you out there that have felt the same way I’ve felt about this recipe and I thought I better crank out my theory about how they’re made. Very often I challenge myself this way without sourcing any written recipe, just to see if I can do it. Well, I can and I did. So I reworked the recipe for everyone here to enjoy for themselves, and I’ve got to tell ya, I’m really proud of this one. Not only because it’s a fabulous wow factor dish, but because it’s ridiculously easy. That being said, make sure that you crank out this recipe next time you’re craving Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, it’s a Winner!
Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms Ingredients:
6 Small or 2 Large Portobello Mushrooms
1 Piece Bacon, cooked and chopped
1/4 Bell Pepper, chopped
1 Green Onion, chopped
2 tbsp Fresh Parsley, chopped
1 cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs (Dressing works GREAT)
1 cube Butter, melted
½ cup Water
1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
Bake at 425 degrees f for 15 minutes then top with Mozzarella and Broil for 1 to 2 minutes and let them cool before serving.
Watch the short video for this Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms recipe and I’ll show you just how easy these are to make.