Summer is just around the corner and we all are thinking about those bikinis and boardshorts. Cut the sugar and carbs? Run more? Well what ever you are doing to get beach-bod ready, be sure to try this recipe out. It is healthy, refreshing, light and satisfying.
Zucchini Noodle Pasta with Artichoke Hearts and Burrata
– 2 large zucchini
– 1 cup marinated artichoke hearts
– 1 cup pasta sauce*
– 1 large round of burrata
* T.W.O. used Trader Joes Rustico Pomodoro Pasta Sauce
- Using a julienne peeler, peel the zucchini lengthwise. Place in a bowl.
- Heat up pasta sauce.
- Slice artichoke hearts and add to bowl with the noodles.
- Place noodles in artichoke hearts in bowls. Top with pasta sauce.
- Separate the burrata into two slices and add to the top of the sauce. The heat of the sauce will melt the cheese a bit. (That’s a good thing!)
In honor of Friday Night Pizza, T.W.O. will be featuring our favorite pizza places in California. Each places has a unique touch that keeps us coming back. Not only is the pizza good, the ambiance and the people you are worth make the experience that much better. Enjoy reading about our favorites.
ZeroZero is obviously named after the flour that is used to make the pizza dough. That being said, by using 00 Flour and a stone oven, it’s safe to safe the pizza has a light, airy and fluffy crust. Not to mention the dough is sweet. Combining the dough with fungi or vegetables and even their seasonal special that incorporates fresh produce to make a delectable masterpiece. ZeroZero does it write! Start the meal with a beet salad and a side of fresh pasta. The lamb rague is awesome. Can’t forget about the wine on tap too! The rose is great!! The final course – an afrigato. Yes, ice cream covered in a an expression shot. Make your reservation early, this is a popular place!! Don’t forget to send you post card to T.W.O. To tell us about your meal!
Minimalist. Tradition. Perfection. It’s a one guy show at this restaurant. Immediately you walk into this place thinking that you are going to be impressed. It’s a white wall, concrete floor filled space that is commonly covered in flour. Yes, one guy. His kitchen is set up in the middle of the restaurant or should I call it an art exhibit. That’s the feel you get. Now for the pizzas-there isn’t many, but that’s okay because you don’t need much. Margarita, Bianca, traditional-take your pick. Each person orders a pizza for them self. And you will be disappointed when you fits his it yourself. Don’t expect salads or anything else on the menu. It’s all about the pizza. Pair it with wine or a beer and finish the meal off with coffee. That it. You will be coming back for more! There are no reservations for this place, so be sure to get there early. Once the pizza dough runs out, that’s it. Closed for business’s. Enjoy!
A day after the Del Mar horse races calls for a meal at Pizza Port. Located near the train station, this traditional pizza parlor has the best pizza in San Diego County. Grab your friends, a booth and a pitcher of beer and enjoy the big slices of Pizza Port.
Tucked in a corner of Newport Beach along Pacific Coast Highway, this gem is a great dinner spot for friends, couples or company events. (They have a great private room) Pizzeria Mozza specializes in wordfire pizzas along with salads, pastas and one of our favorite desserts in Orange County….Butterscotch Budino. Grab some friends and make this a stop on your drive up PCH. You won’t be disappointed!
Happy Friday Night Pizza Night!
Burrata. Basil. Marinara Sauce. Balsamic.
Happy Friday Night Pizza Night!!
T.W.O. decided to cook a lighter pizza for this Friday Night Pizza Night. Burrata looks a lot like fresh buffalo mozzarella, but it much softer and has a cream-like filling. And it makes for a great cheese to use for a pizza! This Burrata Margarita pizza is easy to whip up for yourself, date or family night. Has T.W.O. convince you to make this pizza yet?
1 – Roll of pizza dough
-12 ounces Marinara Sauce*
-8 ounces Burrata**
-1 Small package fresh, basil leaves
-2 Cloves garlic, chopped
*T.W.O. uses SF Capellino Low-Fat Tomato and Garlic Sauce from Molinaris Deli…don’t let the “low-fat” scare you- the texture and flavor is still there!
**T.W.O. suggests using Di Stefano – Burrata Alla Panna
Roll out your pizza dough on a floured/ cornmeal surface. Once evenly rolled out, place dough on a pizza stone. Spread the marinara sauce on the dough making sure you get the edges.
Next, cut the burrata into pieces and distribute evenly on the pizza dough. (See below) It’s okay that the marinara is showing; the cheese will melt. Next, place your basil leaves and chopped garlic on the pizza. Last step- drizzle balsamic vinegar over the pizza and add salt to taste.
Let the pizza rise for about 15 minutes while the BBQ is heating up. Note –you don’t want to put the stone on a cold BBQ. The temperature should reach a medium-high heat before placing the pizza on. Watch the pizza closely; you don’t want your crust to burn! It should take about 15-20 minutes, depending on your grill.
Happy Friday Night Pizza Night!!!
One of T.W.O. ‘s favorite proteins to experiment with is chicken because it is eaten more often than any other protein and can get very old if you don’t switch it up! So T.W.O. decided to create a spin on chicken Parmesan and bruschetta by creating a dish using chicken, a garbanzo bean salad, and burrata! Whether it is for a dinner party, family gathering or weeknight meal, you will find this dish to be easy but most of all- gastronomical!
– 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
-1 can of garbanzo beans
-Favorite pasta sauce
First, chop garlic and basil and place in a mixing bowl. Next, add garbanzo beans, pasta sauce and fresh ground pepper. You want to add enough sauce just to cover the garbanzo beans and create a little liquid. Let this mixture marinade for about 20 minutes in the refrigerator.
While the garbanzo bean salad is marinating, start the grill. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Place chicken onto grill and cook for about 20-25 minutes or until done. Meanwhile, turn on your oven to 425° and take the garbanzo bean salad out of the refrigerator. When the chicken is done, place the chicken breasts into a Pyrex and top with the garbanzo bean salad. (You will have left over salad if you only use 2 chicken breasts, but it makes for a great side dish or snack while cooking!)
Put the Pyrex into the oven for 3-5 minutes. Next, place the burrata cheese over the garbanzo bean salad and put in the oven.
Allow the cheese to melt for about 2 minutes and then turn the oven on broil. Let the dish broil for about 2 minutes, or until the cheese gets a little brown. Once this is done, take the chicken out of the oven and get ready to serve!