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Pandemic Pizza: Part 16 of 2022

Submitted by Bethany on Mon, 04/18/2022 - 13:34

Happy Snowy Easter!

We ended up with an inch of snow. More snow than we had at Christmas!

We were busy this week getting our spring cleaning done in anticipation of Bethany’s visit. We did find some time to be in the kitchen. After all we do need to eat. Lol

If we are going to grab a fast-food breakfast sandwich it is usually a McDonald’s Egg McMuffin. This casserole tasted like the real thing.

Monday-Tuesday in the Kitchen with Matthew: McMuffin Casserole…an easy make the day before casserole with English muffins, Canadian bacon, eggs and cheese then served with a blend of veggies and mixed berries.

Thursday in the Kitchen with Matthew: Shakshouka…a North African dish of eggs poached in a tomato sauce with olive oil, peppers, spinach, onion, garlic, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper then garnished with feta cheese & parsley and served with crusty bread.

Friday (Saturday) Pieday: Montana Cast Iron Deep Dish Pizza…my pan crust stretched into a skillet then layered with smoked Gouda, a homemade spicy marinara, hot Italian sausage, cremini mushrooms, fennel, roasted red pepper, more sauce, basil and mozzarella.

On Saturday we did some prep for next week. Matthew made his famous award winning chili and his pasta sauce. They are in crockpots ready for meals next week when Bethany is here.

Our Easter pie is originally from Genoa, the capital of Liguria in Northwest Italy. In some areas, people hide whole hard-boiled eggs under the crust, while others carefully break uncooked eggs into the filling before baking. Either way, the result is a beautiful cooked egg that will be revealed with the first slice! The recipe for Easter pie varies across Italy. Last year I made a Pizza Rustica, from central Italy, a pie filled with sopressata, prosciutto and cheeses.

Happy Easter Sunday’s Creation: Torta Pasqualina (Northern Italian Easter Pie) baked in a springform pan…spinach, ham, ricotta and Parmesan with hard-boiled eggs hidden inside. (We are saving a piece for Bethany Willers who arrives tomorrow evening for a visit from Wales!

See you next week!

~Peggy Palmer-Johnson

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