Today is a very special occasion in my household.
One year ago today, on a beautiful Fall day in Memphis, I put on my white dress and my red shoes and married my best friend. It was truly an amazing day from spending the morning with my parents, the afternoon with my favorite ladies, the evening with my husband – and the later hours with our dear friends and family.
And then of course ditching everybody to spend a week basking in the sunshine and drinking margaritas on the beaches of Mexico! Hee hee.
Well, in honor of a special day – I thought I’d share a recipe that my husband loves. I’m making a special meal for us tonight – but the hubby recently requested this dish, so I decided to be a good wife and oblige. And okay, I think it’s pretty delicious too! I ran across this one on one of my favorite blogs.
Clams Casino Pizza (Adapted from “How Sweet Eats”)
3/4 cup white whole-wheat flour
1/2 tsp. yeast
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 Tbsp. honey
4 slices turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 small red onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
A few dollops of Tabasco (we like it spicy people – I’d say we rocked 10-12 shakes)
8 ounces fat-free mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup reduced-fat parmesan cheese
2 cans of minced clams, drained
In a small bowl, add warm water, yeast, honey and olive oil. Mix and let sit 3-5 minutes. Add flour to a medium bowl with salt. Add liquid to flour and mix well until combined. Knead 2 minutes, cover and let sit 1-2 hours to let dough rise.
When dough has risen, spread out on a lightly floured surface and form into a circle.
While dough is rising, chop your vegetables. Preheat your oven to 375.
Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add your vegetables and saute 5-7 minutes. Add in your garlic and your hot sauce. Then add your clams and half of the crumbled bacon and cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and prepare to assemble your pizza.
Brush pizza dough with olive oil. I added a few shakes of garlic along with my Italian seasoning.
Sprinkle half of the mozzarella on the dough. Top with the vegetable/clam mixture.
Then add Parmesan and remaining mozzarella.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, removing after 10 minutes to top with remaining bacon.
Serve and devour – I know we certainly do! A great twist on a favorite food of ours that super easy to make.
Hope you all enjoy – now I’m gonna go whip up a deliciously sinful feast for the hubby and I that we’ll chase down with year-old wedding cake! (Hopefully better than it sounds!)