Monday, January 20, 2020

Tapenade Pizza - A Full Experiment ... That Worked

One nighttime I had an idea.  Tapenade pizza.  Why not?  My thought was inspired past times a tapenade bruschetta prepared at a demonstration cooking marking I took a piece back.  If you lot tin brand tapenade bruschetta, hence why non tapenade pizza??  I had to give it a try.  If you lot haven't figured this out most me already, I similar to endeavour novel things alongside food.

The tapenade bruschetta that inspired me was a piece of baguette topped alongside tapenade, hence sprinkled with to a greater extent than or less mozzarella or caprine animal cheese, in addition to topped alongside a piece of sundried love apple tree in addition to chopped fresh basil.  So ... hmmmmmm ... I thought, what combination of items would brand the best pizza?  Since I wasn't sure, I decided to brand this pizza a amount experiment past times testing 4 dissimilar combinations on the one pie.

My examination items of alternative - fresh grape tomatoes vs. sun-dried tomatoes, in addition to feta cheese vs.  a combination of mozzarella in addition to feta together.  Do you lot convey a prediction most what combo wins the sense of savor test??

I started past times getting my dough ready, preparing my tapenade, in addition to spreading a proficient layer of tapenade all over the dough every bit my "sauce."  (Click here to read to a greater extent than most pizza dough.  Click here to read a amount postal service most preparing homemade tapenade.)

Tapenade "sauce"

I decided I wanted feta cheese inwards each seize alongside teeth ... in addition to each "test condition" ... of the pizza.  So, I sprinkled a overnice layer of feta crumbles over the tapenade "sauce."
Tasty feta

Now, to get-go my "test conditions" ... what would locomote better, grape tomatoes or sun-dried tomatoes?  To honour out, I covered one-half the pizza alongside julienned sun-dried tomatoes in addition to the other one-half alongside halved grape tomatoes.  I thought most leaving the grape tomatoes whole, but then, alongside visions of hot love apple tree inards squirting within my oral fissure when I flake into them, I decided halved would in all likelihood locomote safer.

1/2 & 1/2

Next, I covered one-half the pizza alongside shredded mozzarella in addition to left the remaining one-half alongside simply feta.  I went "the other way" from what I did alongside the tomatoes, hence I ended alongside 4 dissimilar combinations, similar this:

1/2 & 1/2 the other way

Then I popped it inwards the oven to larn it ready for it's taste-testing.  Do you lot convey your prediction of the winner ready??

Which quarter volition win??

It's ready!  I prepared a tasting plate for myself in addition to ane for Mark, including a small-scale piece of each of the 4 varieties.  We tasted each combination, in addition to without making comments to each other, decided on our favorite.  When it came fourth dimension to part our favorite, amazingly, nosotros matched!  So I experience pretty proficient most the end-result recipe.

So are you lot ready to honour out the winning combination?

It was the fresh grape tomatoes alongside simply feta!  Was that what you lot were thinking?  Totally non what I had predicted!!  I fully expected the feta in addition to mozzarella together to win, in addition to was shocked that it didn't.  The mozzarella simply seemed to mask the yummy season of the tapenade in addition to the feta.  And I kind-of thought the sun-dried tomatoes would win, but over again non the case.  The moistness of the warm fresh tomatoes was a actually overnice affect against which the sun-dried tomatoes simply didn't stand upward a chance.

So at that topographic point you lot convey it ... tapenade pizza topped alongside feta in addition to grape tomatoes.  Fabulous.


Tapenade Pizza
Source:  Tracey-Original
Pizza dough (homemade or store-bought dough ball; click here to read to a greater extent than most pizza dough)
Tapenade (make your own - run across recipe below, or used jarred if you'd like)
1 (8 oz.) bundle feta cheese crumbles
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

Prepare tapenade. Roll pizza dough out to desired size; identify on preheated pizza rock or baking sheet. Spread a layer of tapenade over the crust for sauce. Sprinkle alongside feta cheese crumbles, then top alongside grape love apple tree halves.  Bake at 425 degrees for most 15-25 minutes, or until crust is cooked through.


Tapenade   (Click here to persuasion postal service most making tapenade)
Source:
Adapted from Heidi Billotto

1 (6.25 oz) appall pitted province mix olives
1 (6 oz) tin pitted dark olives
Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 pair spoonfuls of pimento-stuffed manzanilla olives
1/2 of a 4 oz appall capers
Zest of 1 lemon
three T. fresh or dried parsley
Olive oil

Drain olives in addition to capers; identify inwards the bowl of a nutrient processor. Add lemon zest in addition to parsley; procedure a few seconds to chop in addition to blend ingredients together. Drizzle inwards olive oil, pulsing occasionally, until tapenade reaches your desired consistency. It should locomote moist, but non runny.

NOTES:
- You tin purpose whatever combination of olives you lot similar ... all green, all black, 1/2 & 1/2, the mix I purpose - whatever you lot like!
- Capers command the saltiness, hence adapt to taste.


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