Monday, March 16, 2009

Meatless Mondays – Pizza!

Although I didn’t post last Monday’s meatless meal, I did cook…really, I did!  Unfortunately, I had to leave for a class right after dinner, so here is what we had.

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We love homemade pizza, and it is such an easy meatless meal.  Look at that balsamic carmelized onion goodness.  Not to mention clumps of creamy soft goat cheese, who needs meat?  We couldn’t decide between a margharita pizza or the fig pizza, so the only logical thing to do was make both. 

The pie in the top photo is a basic marinara type base with mozzarella, goat cheese, fresh basil, tomatoes and capers.  Mmm…salty and gooey.  The second one is our attempt at “gourmet” pizza, comprised of balsamic carmelized onion as the base, dried figs, arugula and goat cheese to top.  I think I spy a few mushroom slices as well.  There is almost nothing better than the sweet/salty/bitter combo that these ingredients bring out. 

I couldn’t think of the perfect wine pairing with our current inventory, so without further ado we opened a bottle of the 14 Hands Merlot

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Oh. my. was this good.  Rich with berry and mocha influences,this Washington red  was smooth on the palatte.  I am picky when it comes to merlots, and this one passed the test.  In my opinion this would even be a great red to serve your non-red-wine drinking friends.  As an added bonus, you get the lovely label on this fantastic bottle of merlot. 

5 comments:

  1. Mmmm. Both your pizzas look delicious. I'm also always impressed by how often you drink wine. Do you have a huge collection on hand or do you buy as you go?

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  2. I loooove the 14 hands cab sav!.. I haven't had their merlot.. I'm adding dried figs to my grocery list right now!!

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  3. Pizza is one of my favorites, aside from pasta! And it is so fun to make homemade. Fig pizza is the best, and although it's not meatless, I also like to add crispy prosciutto on top. Yum! This weekend we are going to a place called Pasta Shop and are bringing along our coveted Twomey merlot. Have you ever had this one? It is so delicious because that is their only specialty. We want to keep saving it, but it will be for a good birthday occasion!

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  4. The food and the wine look like real winners!

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  5. Fig and arugula - classic!

    Have you tried Two Hands Shiraz from Australia?

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