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Pizza Fiorentina

As a lifelong pizza connoisseur I can’t wait to make it this evening! From 365 Ways to Cook, by Firefly Books (page 150):

Pizza Fiorentina


Serves 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes (plus making the pizza dough*)
Cooking time: 7-8 minutes per pizza


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra for drizzling and grazing
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 pound baby spinach leaves
  • 1 Basic Pizza Dough recipe *
  • all purpose flour for, for dusting
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 7 ounces mozzarella cheese, chopped
  • 20 black olives
  • 4 eggs
  • salt and pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying panwith the garlic for 15 seconds, add the spinach and cook over high heat for 1 to 2 minutes, until just wilted.Season lightly with salt and pepper
  2. Heat a baking sheet in a preheated 475 F. oven. Place 1 pizza dough ball on a 9 inch pizza pan, Push down on the dough with your fingertips, pressing it out to fill the pan, leaving the border slightly thicker. If you get any tears, forcefully pinch the dough around the hole together.
  3. Soon 3 tablespoons of sauce over the base  and scatter wityh a quarter of the mozzarella, spinach and olives. Crack 1 egg onto the pizza, drizzle with oil to glaze. remove the baking sheet from the oven, slide the pan onto it, then quickly return to the oven. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes, until crisp and risen. Serve immediately. As the first pizza cooks prepare the next for the oven.


From page 7:

* Basic Pizza Dough

Makes 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus rising


  • 1/4 ounce fresh yeast or 1 teaspoon instant dry yeast
  • 1 pinch of granulated sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 1/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Disslove the yeast in a bowl with the sugar, 2 tablespoons of the flour and 1/4 cup of water. Leave to stand for 5 minutes, until the mixture starts to form bubbles. then add the remaining water. Add the salt and half the remaining flour and stir with one hand until you have a paste-like mixture. gradually add all the remaining flour, working the mixture until you have a moist dough.
  2. Shape the dough into a ball, cover with a moist cloth and leave to rest in a warm place for 5 minutes.
  3. Lightly dust a work surface with flour and knead the dough for 10 minute, until smooth and elastic. Shape into 4 equal-sized balls and place, spaced apart, on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Cover with a moist cloth and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!



Sausages with Mustard Mashed Potatoes

Not so long ago, kosher sausages were not all they could have been, not by far, but they were all that was available. Now, with choices like Pomegranate Supermarket (1507 Coney Island Avenue – corner of Avenue L – Brooklyn, New York 11230; Tel: 718.951.7112) sausages or Jack’s Gourmet Kosher Sausages (here, here, here, etc..), the kosher palate can delight in a plethora of incredible flavors.

Sausages with Mustard Mashed Potatoes

(Adapted from 365 Ways to Cookpublished by Firefly Books)

Photo from: 665 Ways to Cook, page 61

Serves 4
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes


  • 8 Sausages (I used Jack’s Gourmet Kosher Sweet Italian Sausages, but any other of their selections will do as well).
  • 2 onions, cut into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 apples cored and cut into wedges
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons chicken stock

For the mustard mash

  • 2 pounds potatoes, quartered and scrubbed
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1-2 tablespoons whole grain mustard (I used Coleman’s)
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 large bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
  • dash of olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  1. Put the potatoes into a large saucepan of cold water, bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes, until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, fry or grill the sausages over medium heat for 10 minutes, turning them to get an even color. Add the onion and apple wedges and cook with the sausages for 6-7 minutes.
  3. Drain the potatoes well. When they are cool  enough to touch , peel them, then mash well so they are nice and creamy. Add the margarine, mustard, garlic and a good sprinkling of salt and pepper to the potatoes and continue mashing. Taste and add more mustard if you want. Stir in the the parsley and olive oil.
  4. Transfer the sausages, onion and apple to a serving plate. Pour off the excess fat from the pan to leave about 1 tablespoon, then mix in the flour. Gradually stir in the stock, bring to a boil and stir until thickened. Season and strain into a serving dish or pitcher.
  5. Pile the mashed potatoes  up on a plate and stick the sausages and onion wedges on top. Spoon over the gravy and serve.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!


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