What you'll need:
-1 ball pizza dough from grocery store or local pizzeria
-cookie sheet baking pan
-extra virgin olive oil
-3/4 cup of your favorite tomator sauce
-about 1 cup of Sargento Italian blend shredded cheese
-fresh ground black pepper
-crushed red pepper flakes
Preheat oven to 375-degrees. Line cookie sheet with foil. Pour extra virgin olive oil in thin layer on bottom of pan--spread with back of spoon to create an even coating. Take ball of pizza dough and press and stretch into shape of pan. You will get some air bubbles you'll want to press out as you manipulate the dough. Dough will not fully reach ends of pan--you'll have "rustic" edges, which is perfect! Pour olive oil on dough and spread to cover surface of dough with back of spoon. Grind black pepper over surface to taste. Add tomato sauce and spread over entire surface with back of spoon. If you prefer a saucier pizza, go ahead and add more sauce--but not too much--it will make your pizza soggy. Sprinkle crushed red pepper flakes over sauce to taste. Now, evenly spread shredded Italian cheese over entire surface of dough. Place in preheated oven for 13-15 minutes. You should have crispy edges--golden brown, when done. Cut into desired-size pieces and serve. This can feed 2-6 people, depending on the people.... ;) You can also use this recipe for breadsticks--just cut into elongated, thin, slices. This is a bready pizza--it's great to pair with a warm salad--or if you're running a marathon (or watching a marathon)--with fresh capellini in a basil-pesto sauce...now THAT'S Italian!
*This is an alcoholic drink; non-alcoholic version to follow
What you'll need:
-3 ounces of Absinthe
-Absinthe glass or parfait glass
-sugar cube (you can buy special sugar cubes, slotted spoon and glass on Signals.com)
-1-3 ounces orange juice (this is to drip on sugar cube until dissolved)
Pour absinthe in glass; place slotted spoon on top of glass. Put the sugar cube on slotted spoon. Slowly drip orange juice on sugar cube until sugar is completely dissolved. If using standard sugar cube, you may want to fist dip it into a little cold water to soften before use. Et voila! You have your Ab-SINFUL cocktail...worthy of the respect of even the most demonic demons the dishy Winchesters deal with on Friday nights!
Non-alcoholic version: Substitute absinthe for cranberry juice; quickly soak sugar cube in anise flavoring. Use freshly squeezed lime juice to dissolve sugar cube. Enjoy!
Thank you for joining me for this week's Pop Culture Cooking segment! Next week, we'll warm things up again with some hot mulled apple cider and a roasted butternut squash salad that will take you through all of fall's new reality TV shows and more. Until next time, keep popping with Pop Culture Cooking!