Post adjustment: This night, I also managed to set off the smoke alarm. Watch out.
And no, I’m not talking about grabbing a huge heat-lamp warmed slice from I Heart NY Pizza on Franklin Street. I’m talking about the kind we’re making right now in our oven on Chapanoke Rd. It’s almost 10 p.m. and we’re working on dinner. And I don’t want to forget it. :)
This happens more often than not at our house. No matter how hard I try to get things prepped ahead of time, we always manage to eat deep into the evening. One day, I hope I don’t look back and pretend everything was perfect and that all my meals were well-plated and served with a smile by 7 p.m.
In this fantasy, I’m also wearing a cute apron, pencil skirt and heels, because that’s what they do in the commercials. Oh, and I have arms like Kelly Rippa. And my dog is well-behaved.
The point is, life isn’t perfect and I like that our dinners take time. I hate that I apologize incessantly for how late we eat (to my audience of one, Adam), so I guess this is my way of saying I’m not really that sorry. I like that we eat late-night food because sometimes it means we have one more glass of wine than we ought on a weeknight – gettin’ crazy in my late twenties. Look out.
And, it makes our evenings together just the two of us (well three, hey there Otis I love you too) just a teensie bit longer. These days are precious, why not make them last?
So, in short, we eat late. And I make a mess. But it’s a mess I love.
Pizza with brown sugar veggies and prosciutto
- Pizza dough ball (I buy mine at the grocery store – one of these days I’ll give it a go of making it myself. But that day ain’t today, sister.)
- Olive oil
- One half a red onion
- One red bell pepper
- One green bell pepper
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- Salt to taste
- Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)
- 10 ounces, weight fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced (TIP: put it in the freezer before slicing. It makes you not want to curse at a ball of flimsy cheese.)
- 8 slices prosciutto (you can add more cause this stuff is delicious)
How to make it:
Preheat oven to 500 degrees (put your pizza stone or pan in the oven as it preheats).
Heat two tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet. Add onions, peppers and brown sugar and toss/stir for several minutes, or until onions are brown and cooked. Set aside.
Roll out pizza dough on a pizza stone covered with cornmeal. Drizzle on olive oil, sprinkle on a little salt, followed by a little Parmesan.
Lay slices of mozzarella evenly over the top of the crust. Arrange caramelized onions over the top of the mozzarella. Randomly lay slices of prosciutto over the onions. Om, nom nom.
Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and cut into squares. Serve immediately and delight in your amazing ability to be awesome. You Italian goddess, you.