This weekend we had the privilege to babysit one of our family friend's little guy. He happens to be a vegetarian so we thought the Zucchini Sticks from this week's Gustsy Cooks menu assignment and some semi- homemade pizzas might work to meet the hungry guy's appetite.
For some reason finding zucchini took a trip to 3 different stores this weekend. But perseverance prevailed and the lovely green torpedoes were found.
The zucchini sticks were good although lacking enough salt initially but we fixed that. Unfortunately our little guest was not at all interested in trying a zucchini stick.
At this point G had to head up to the airport to pick up his cousin arriving from Denver. So the little guy and I worked on the pizza.
I purchased prepared dough at Metropolitan Market. We've made dough in the past and it was fine but this store bought dough is just a good and it makes making homemade pizza far more doable.
I first started by placing a red pepper under the broiler to roast and started cooking the hot Italian chicken sausage.
I then sliced some mushrooms
and gathered some pizza sauce, fresh mozzarella, goat cheese and shredded mozzarella together.
The little guy and I rolled out the pizza dough and put them both in the oven to pre-cook before adding our toppings.
Next we made 2 pizzas one with just sauce & mozzarella for our vegetarian friend and for us carnivores we add sauce, hot Italian chicken sausage, mushrooms, roasted red pepper, shredded mozzarella and fresh mozzarella and goat cheese.
I opened a bottle of Charles & Charles red made by Charles Smith of K vinters that we've had before and is a "good pizza" kind of wine. (if you're not familiar with K vinters it's worth reading the link information he's an interesting character to say the least.)
G & T arrived back from the airport and we all sat down to some pizza and catching up.