Happy New Year! Today we bid farewell to 2021. We had a very busy year here at Djalali Cooks, and we are looking forward to big things ahead for 2022. We have our last Top 10 list of 2021, so we are wrapping it up with Pizza and a Movie Top 10. Of the three Top 10 lists I put together this week, this one had the most surprises. So let’s get right to it!
1. Pizza and a Movie with Style at a Certain Age
This post being the Number 1 Pizza and a Movie is no surprise, actually. You all really enjoyed my collaboration with Beth, and no wonder! This was a really fun shoot. Beth and I have a lot of fun when we work together and it was really great to make pizza side-by-side.
2. The Honey Bear Pizza
I am so excited to share this pizza recipe with you! Creamy white sauce, spicy Italian sausage, smoked and regular mozzarella, thin red onion slices and finished with a good drizzle of honey. Oh my goodness, this one is the new favorite in town. And by “town”, I mean my house. I was surprised when Alex said this is the best one yet because he normally doesn’t like sweet and savory in one bite. If you feel that away too, I encourage to give this a try, just to see if it changes your mind. Are you ready for The Honey Bear Pizza?
3. Buttery Shrimp Pizza with Ricotta
Today I have a Buttery Shrimp Pizza with Ricotta that is reminiscent of the pizza we made last time we were here: Wild Palms Flatbread, with shrimp, corn and Calabrian chilis. Today’s pizza is a similar flatbread-style pizza with butter, garlic and thyme-poached shrimp, mozzarella, ricotta cheese and scallions.
4. The Cheeseboard Pizza
Today’s pizza had Alex skeptical, to be honest. But once he tried it, I think he was surprised by how good this combination is. He doesn’t really like fancy or “weird” toppings on his pizza. So I knew this one was a gamble. You can imagine my satisfaction with changing his mind on this one! On a cheeseboard, apples, blue cheese, herby toasted walnuts and prosciutto all happily mingle. So why not on a pizza?
5. Pizza Margherita
Today is my first post featuring pizza baked in the gorgeous Mugnaini oven in our backyard. You may remember back in December, when I shared progress photos of the oven being built; and after waiting for the concrete to cure, a little bad weather, and a bit of practice, I am so excited to share this pizza with you! To start things off, we’re doing a classic Neapolitan pizza, The Margherita.
6. Wild Palms Flatbread
This is our last Tybee recipe for now, so I suppose it’s fitting that it involves my favorite food of all time: pizza. Welcome to Pizza and a Movie! I knew I wanted to do a seafood pie for today, and I knew I wanted to do a white pie. So I came up with this combination: white sauce base with bacon, shrimp, corn and green onions. Topped with more green onions, fresh flat leaf parsley and Calabrian Chilis. For your consideration: Wild Palms Flatbread.
7. Asparagus Lemon Ricotta Pizza
I have a special pizza this week, inspired by my favorite St. Louis pizzeria, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta. Katie does an asparagus and preserved lemon pizza that I love. So today I have a version of that pie using fresh lemons, ricotta, and fresh basil with asparagus and mozzarella.
8. You Say Potato
I am so happy that this Pizza and a Movie is my first post of 2021. I always get nostalgic at this time of year and it almost always revolves around food. This year, I have been missing many of my favorite California restaurants. A couple weeks ago, I featured The Gourmet which was based on a pizza from Escape From New York Pizza. I am featuring another Escape From New York pie today: You Say Potato.
9. Four Cheese Pizza
Sometimes you can’t beat a cheese pizza, especially when it is anything but plain. Today we have a four cheese pizza – or Quattro Formaggi. A rich and savory blend of Mozzarella, Fontina, Gruyere and Blue Cheese. I have swapped the traditional Parmesan for Gruyere, and I have to say, it’s very, very good! This pie definitely belongs on the Pizza and a Movie Top 10.
10. Mexican Pizza
I love to riff on different combinations when it comes to Mexican Pizza. I did one on Kelly’s Kitchen way back, and today’s recipe is an evolution of that pizza. Last week we did a basil pesto pizza base for the You Say Potato. It got me thinking about a cilantro pesto; with pine nuts, cotija and jalapeños. So that’s our base for today’s pizza. It’s a fresh and bright pizza with Mexican chorizo.
Whatever you have planned for this last day of 2021, I want to thank you for spending some of it with me. And a very big thank you for being a part of the Djalali Cooks community; I could not do any of this without you. THANK YOU. See you in 2022! Take care and be well everyone, xo Kelly