Chicago-Style Pizza #SundaySupper

Today Sunday Supper is honouring the Fathers in our lives with a fantastic menu of men approved dishes. I am lucky in that my husband is more adventurous with food then I am but when I heard this was the theme I thought this would be a perfect time to share my attempt of Chicago-style pizza.

Chris is such an amazing dad who blows me away every day with his love and patience for his daughter. We just recently found out that our new bundle of joy coming is a girl which only out numbers Chris even more. Chris’ excitement when the sonographer said we are expecting another girl brought such joy to my heart. He is a daddy who loves his girls and they love him. I hope he feels honoured and appreciated every day but especially on this day. Love you honey.

Now I have only visited Chicago a few times so I can’t consider myself an expert but both hubby and I agreed this was the best Chicago pizza we have had in a while. I can’t wait until we have an excuse to make it again.

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Chicago Pizza

460g (3 1/4 c.) plain flour
80g (1/2 c.) yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 tsp table salt
2 tsp sugar
2 1/4 tsp instant or rapid-rise yeast
295mL (1 1/4 c.) water, room temperature
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted, plus 4 tablespoons, softened
1 tsp plus 4 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/4 tsp dried oregano
Table salt
3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed through garlic press
400g (28-oz) tin crushed tomatoes
1/4 tsp sugar
2 Tbsp coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Ground black pepper
500g (1 lb) whole-milk or part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 4 cups)
14g (1/2 oz) grated Parmesan cheese (about ΒΌ cup)
Hot or mild Italian sausage, casings removed
Other toppings of choice
Recipe from Carnal Dish

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Pizza Dip #SundaySupper

Today’s Sunday Supper theme is all about Tailgating. I don’t live in a football loving family, not real football or American football. But I have very fond memories of American football from my college years. For a year of college I lived in a house with 5 guys I went to school with and they were big American football fans. Because of my upbringing of moving around so much I can easily adapt to my surroundings and that includes enjoying things other do. During that year I became American football mad. I watched it every weekend, followed teams and players and enjoyed every minute of it. Once I was out of that environment I didn’t keep up with it but I still have very fond memories of that time. So I wanted to share a warm and hearty dip that if I could go back I would have loved to shared with my roommates, Pizza Dip.

My husband and I were so impressed with this dip we skipped our dinner plans and just ate this, it really did taste like pizza with every bite. Next time I think I am going to turn this into a reduced carb pizza night for us and serve it with courgette sticks and cauliflower chips.

Pizza Dip

28g (1 oz) pepperoni slices
85g (3 oz) chorizo
165g (1 c.) finely chopped onion
75g (1/2 c.) finely chopped green bell pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried oregano
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp tomato paste
400g (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
40g (1/4 c.) grated Parmesan
114g (4 oz) mozzarella, diced
Recipe from Food Network

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Buffalo Chicken filled Pull-Apart Bread #SundaySupper

So this week Sunday Supper is talking about recipes to prepare for your Super Bowl party. Now we aren’t a football family, and even if we were living outside of the US we don’t have access to watching the Superbowl. But what we do love is party food so any excuse for fingerfood and we are ready for the challenge. I really wanted to make something unique that I have never attempted before. Chris has been asking me to make Buffalo chicken wings for a while but for this post I wanted something a little outside of the box and chose Buffalo Chicken filled Pull-Apart Bread. After failing to find anyone else who has attempted this I decided I was on my own and needed to experiment. It is always interesting when you experiment with recipes. Sometimes I play around with a recipe several times before I share it but this time I decided to post it as is and share the lessons I learned while making it.

First off I decided to be “clever” and make this dish somewhat healthier by taking a bread recipe of mine and adding a lot of extra wholegrain goodness. This is not recommended, the dough was very hard to work with and make the appetizer too heavy. Also since this takes a while to roll out each dough ball I would recommend using something like pre-made dinner roll dough. If you do use the bread recipe I used then I recommend using all white bread flour.

Don’t forget to check out the other amazing game time food ideas from the rest of the #SundaySupper crew.

Buffalo Chicken filled Pull-Apart Bread

500g (1 lb) diced chicken
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 paprika
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
60mL (1/4 c.) hot sauce (I used Franks Hot Sauce)
Bread dough
80g (1 c.) Cheddar
80g (1 c.) Mozzarella

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Caramelised Carrot and Coriander Risotto

I have a risotto obsession and I am not afraid to admit it. I could eat this creamy rice dish every day of the week and thankfully my family loves it as well so they don’t mind all the experimenting with flavours I do. I just can’t seem to run out of flavour combinations for this tasty dish. And just when I think I found my favourite version I find a new one. So when I saw Becca, from Amuse Your Bouche‘s recipe for a Caramelised Carrot and Coriander Risotto I just had to try it. This slightly sweet and cheesy risotto is perfect as a meat-free dinner option for the whole family. Go check out Becca’s blog and her amazing vegetarian dishes. I hit a cooking block last week as I was struggling to come up with more meat-free ideas for our month challenge and I have been so inspired by her amazing dishes.

Caramelised Carrot and Coriander Risotto

2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, diced (although I like mine sliced in risottos)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium carrots, finely grated
1 1/2 tsp caster sugar
1/2 tsp salt
200g (1 c.) arborio rice
1 litre (4 c.) vegetable stock
50g (3/4 c.) cheddar cheese, grated
3 Tbsp fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped
100g (3 oz) fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
Recipe from Amuse Your Bouche

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Spaghetti Pizza Bake #SundaySupper #HelpingHands

It doesn’t matter how many times I see images from a disaster I am shocked every time. I just can never get use to the immense devastation that is left behind after disasters both man-made and nature. I hope I never lose that, I hope that there never comes a time that I look at an image of what use to be an entire row of houses now left in ruins and thing, ‘Oh well it happens.’ And then move on.

If that ever happens then I know that I have gotten to a dangerous place on complacency that I never want to be in. I know we are bombarded with these sad images all the time, and it can be so easy to just flip the channel or walk away. But if we do that then we are walking away from ourselves. Because every one of those people could be us one day, disaster isn’t prejudiced it could happen to any one of us. So that is why this week Sunday Supper is taking some time out of our day to ask you to stop and look at the images and do something about it. When hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the USA it left a wave of devastation unmatched in that area. Many people have lost so much and sadly too many lost the ones they loved. But it is at times like this that sometimes we can be reminded about what is amazing about the human spirit. When people join together to help out their neighbours or even complete strangers. Sunday Supper decided to share with you two organizations that we would like you to consider sending some support to and I am SO proud to say that the organization my parents work for was one of them.

My parents have worked with Hope Force ever since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast seven years ago. This organization not only has such an amazing heart for the people they work with they are also very experienced and skilled in this kind of disaster recovery. But unlike some of the big organizations they don’t have the financial backing to do as much as they would like and rely 100% on donations. They need our support in order to touch the lives of those effected by this storm. Both Hope Force and Sandy Relief Fund are actively working in the communities of New Jersey and I would ask you to consider blessing them with much needed funds so that they can continue to work in these communities.

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The Sunday Supper crew are sharing with your their favourite comfort dishes to give to people when in need. Whether it is a simple loaf of bread of a casserole to heat later. Sometimes the gift of food can bless the lives of those who are hurting. This dish is so easy to put together for a family in need of some good comfort food. Just skip the baking stage and wrap up in foil, giving it to the family with baking instructions.

Spaghetti Pizza Bake

340g (12 oz.) dry spaghetti
1 tsp. salt
130g (4.5 oz.) pepperoni*, sliced (about 30 slices)
1 (26 oz.) jar basil & tomato pasta sauce (or your favourite)
56g (1/4 c.) grated Parmesan cheese
226g (8 oz. ) mozzarella
Handful of fresh basil
*chorizo was more readily available to me when I went shopping so I substituted it this time.

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