Day 62: “Real Simple Celebrations: Easy Entertaining For Every Occasion”
March 3, 2011
Sometimes taking the simplest ingredients can turn a few simple things into something magical. To say that I loved the ease and taste of this flatbread recipe is an understatment. Easy ingredients like refrigerated pizza dough and some sautéed onions and potatoes with a sprinkling of salt, so simple yet so tasty. Since the low-carb revolution took over the United States many years ago, bread has been seen as a bad thing. Baking of homemade bread has been making a comeback of sorts lately, however making bread from scratch takes time. Opening a tube of dough and placing it on a pizza stone and layering on some ingredients could not be easier. I love making bread. But I also love making something simple that my family will eat!
Throwing a party can be stressful for some (me, I thrive off of it!). The editors of “Real Simple” magazine realize that their magazine is full of good tips for leading a more simple life. Putting all those good tips into books of various themes only makes perfect sense. So this cookbook entitled “Real Simple Celebrations: Easy Entertaining for Any Occasion” should come as no surprise. Want to know how to decorate for a New Year’s Eve Potluck….they have this taken care of. Want to know what food and drinks to serve at said party, they have it covered. Want to throw a baby shower….they have this taken care. I love the tips that they give, such as have the guests write their addresses down on thank you note envelopes for any easy way for the mom-to-be to get the thank you notes written. How about all the guests bring a baby picture of themselves and they are displayed and the guests try to guess who is who? Each chapter covers a different occasion with tips from A-Z and nothing is forgotten. This is not only a cookbook but a go-to guide for throwing any type of party.
The Ruling: We all liked it, some more than others of course. Youngest child wouldn’t have any pieces with onions on it. I thought this was so easy to make. I made it even easier than the instructions stated. I skipped the cornmeal and forming it into a circle, and just put it on a baking stone. I also sautéed the onions and then added the potatoes and sautéed them for a few minutes together. I think this helped the potatoes take on more flavor. I would defiantly make this again. I think it would taste good with a base of pesto on it as well. Flatbread is so versatile. This can easily be served as a side dish for dinner, but it could also be used as an appetizer. Or even as a meal with a salad….yum!
Flatbread, page 56
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced into circles
- 1 russet potato, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves picked
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon cornmeal for the skillet
- 1 package (about 1 pound) refrigerated pizza dough
- Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the potato, rosemary leaves, salt, and pepper and toss; set aside. Sprinkle a baking sheet with the cornmeal. Place the dough on a work surface, shape into a 12-inch round, and transfer to the prepared sheet. Spoon the potato mixture over the dough, leaving a 1-inch border. Bake until golden, about 20 minutes. Slice into wedges. Serve warm or a room temperature.
To Joyful, Simplified Living,
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