Monday, February 22, 2010

Refrigerator Pizza (Roasted Red Pepper, Arugula, Feta, and whatever else you have on hand)

I don't need to insult your intelligence with a recipe here. It is what the title implies. If you work the hours I do, do yourself a favor and keep a good brand of prepared (precooked) pizza dough in your fridge as well as some reliable cheeses and toppings. I always have roasted red bell peppers, olives, feta, goat cheese, and parmesan in mine so that even in the most dire circumstances, I can eat well. Ideally I'll have a good lettuce or herb on hand too but they can't be relied upon to stay fresh after a string of late nights like jarred veggies can.

There is no cooking necessary here - just mindless assembly line prepping (all I can manage when work takes its toll.) Preheat the oven to 375. Scatter some roasted veggies, cheese, and any leftover meat you might have (I was lucky with this particular pizza, having the leftover filet mignon on hand from Valentine's Day) over the prepared crust, bake for 15 minutes or just until the cheese is becoming golden, remove and drizzle with a light flourish of olive oil. Scatter over some sea salt and fresh cracked pepper. If you have any greens on hand, such as basil or arugula, they'd make a nice final addition.

Cut into wedges if you can muster the energy, and by all means, open a bottle of wine to go with it.

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