I came up with this recipe a few years ago in the springtime, and it resulted in one of the most memorable impromptu dinner parties I’ve ever hosted. One of my best friends, Gillian, had come over to learn to make quiche that afternoon and we were having such a giggly, silly time that we wanted to have dinner together.
Minutes later, she was on the phone to her now husband as I searched the freezer for what I had to feed this growing group. Pizza dough inspired confidence and a quick run to the store for some fresh ingredients. We came back with a handful of favorite toppings -- a few cured meats and olives, and a pound of soft cheeses -- and our upstairs neighbors as dinner guests.
This is one of the recipes we made that night. Six of us ate off of paper plates and mindlessly wiped our sweaty beers and brows as we sat in the living room, hot like summer from the cranked oven in the other room.
My cookbook, Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute Meals hits bookstore shelves today. (This recipe is in it.) To celebrate it, I’ve organized a virtual potluck with a few blogger friends: each of them is bringing a recipe of mine from the book to their blogs to share with you as our guests! I hope you’ll click around and see what they brought to the table. While you’re taking a look around, keep an eye out for giveaways for my cookbook!
Cornmeal, for dusting 1 pound pizza dough 2 medium tomatoes, cored and crushed 6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, pulled apart Just before serving, scatter with 2 cups baby arugula and 3 ounces thinly sliced speck Olive oil, for serving Sea salt, for serving
As a freelance food writer and cook, I first wrote this style of recipe as a column on my blog, The Wright Recipes, as an excuse to cook good food for my friends in a quick and simple way.
Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute™ Meals grew into a cookbook that’s being published by Workman in May 2013. The recipes found here are original, made especially for Food52 to once again celebrate simple food with friends.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).
Before her diagnosis, Caroline wrote a book on cakes called Cake Magic!. She started developing a birthday cake using her gluten-free mix found in that book. Check out other recipes she’s developing for her new life—and the stories behind them—on her blog, The Wright Recipes. Her next book, Catalan Food, written with chef Daniel Olivella, comes out in early September from Clarkson Potter.