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28
Jan
15

Ground Beef and “Swiss Cheese” Pizza


Sounds absolutely treif doesn’t it?!? Well, now you can make it kosher and delicious! With some of the new products on the market and this recipe you can actually make make this pizza and be strictly kosher!

Ground Beef and “Swiss Cheese” Pizza

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Pizza Dough

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the water, and let sit for 10 minutes. Stir the salt and oil into the yeast solution. Mix in 2 1/2 cups of the flour.
  2. Turn dough out onto a clean, well floured surface, and knead in more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Place the dough into a well oiled bowl, and cover with a cloth. Let the dough rise until double; this should take about 1 hour.
  3. Punch down the dough, and form a tight ball. Allow the dough to relax for a minute before rolling out. Roll out to a 10″ circle.

Pizza topping

Ingredients

  • olive oil, for brushing and drizzling
  • 6 oz ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 roasted red peeper, in oil, drenched and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 oz Daiya Swiss Style Slices*
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Put the ground beef, onion, garlic and cumin in a nonstick skillet, cook over medium heat stirring frequently and breaking up the ground beef with a wooden spoon, for about 8 minutes, or until evenly browned.
  • Stir in in the roasted pepper and basil and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Once the pizza dough is ready, cover with the ground beef mixture. Top with “Swiss Cheese Slices” and drizzle with oil. Bake at 425 F. in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until the crust is crispy. Serve hot.

*Daiya Swiss Style Slices

It is kosher pareve certified by the Orthodox Union. It melts and stretches; it’s lactose, casein, gluten, soy and cholesterol free!

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy. I found it delicious!

CS

19
Jan
15

Jewish Food Festival at the JCC in Richmond, VA


Yesterday was the first day of the annual two day Jewish Food Festival, held at the JCC (5403 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226 – Tel: 804.285.6500), presented by Knesset Beth Israel (6300 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226 – Tel: 804.288.7953) with supervision by the Moro d’Asro, Rabbi Dovid Asher.

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One of the various stations preparing food in the kitchen

One of the various stations preparing food in the kitchen

Carrot kugel, broccoli kugel, latkes and stuffed peppers... MmmmMMm!

Carrot kugel, broccoli kugel, latkes and stuffed peppers… MmmmMMm!

Donut Holes, Homentashen, menorah cookies, rugelach and more!

Donut Holes, Homentashen, Menorah Cookies, Rugelach and more!

There was so much to choose, but I started with a plate of brisket, potato latkes and a ouple of knishesk. I followed with a combination of lamb and turkey shawarma with roasted vegetables wrapped in a laffa. The portion were nice sized, in fact I’m afraid the only way to get rid of the weight I gained would be to walk all the way back to Brooklyn.

Among the various booth, and being a foodie, there was one which really got my attention, Ginger Juice

It was hard to decide which flavor to buy...

It was hard to decide which flavor to buy…

I tasted various of their juices, including Giving made from beets, pears and ginger. It reminded me so much of my mother’s (aleha haShalom) borsht – a taste nobody had ever been able to replicate…. until now. Another flavor I liked was Goodness which consisted of kale, apple, celery and mint. Who knew kale and celery could taste this good?!?!? When I finally got ready to go home, I picked up a bottle of Glitzy (pineapple, apple, pear). Needless to say, it didn’t last very long.

This event was truly a feast for the palate, the eyes and the nose!

CS




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