Friday, 23 March 2012

Skinny Dippers!

Trizzi di Pizza con Guacamole alla Siciliana
Plaited Pizza-Twists with "Sicilian Guacamole"

Life can be so complicated- but at least supper can be a simple affair! I may be being a little silly and flippant now, but on the other hand, if the only thing I can change in this world is a few people's suppers- then so be it! Let's have some fun!

These tasty snacks were made up from leftover pizza dough- the store-bought stuff that I used 2 nights back. So you see- there is always something different and fun that you can make out of those little bits and pieces. Let me tell you how :-)

This is so simple and so much fun. Cut the dough into rectangles of roughly 3" x 6" and then about 1/2" from the top edge, cut the rectangles into 3 equal strips. Spread the left and right-hand strips out a little and then apply the 3 flavors. On the left hand side, I used a red pesto, made with sun-dried tomato, chili, red peppers, onion and garlic. I blended these ingredients together with a little olive oil into a smooth paste and seasoned it with a little salt and sugar to taste. The middle strip was simply covered in sesame seeds. The right-hand strip with a traditional pesto alla Genovese, made of basil, pine nuts, garlic and olive oil.

To plait the pizza twists, fold one of the outer strips over the sesame coated middle strip and then the adjacent one in turn back the other way- then pinch all three strips together slightly at the top and bottom to hold them in shape and off into the oven they go for 10 minutes at the highest setting. Remember- those ovens at the pizzeria are much hotter than your oven at home- so fear not!

After 10 minutes, fetch them out of the oven, brush them very lightly with olive oil and give them a little sprinkle of salt. Back in they go for 2-3 minutes and then they are ready to enjoy- either hot or cold!

I made a variation on the theme of a traditional guacamole to dip them in out of the following ingredients: 1 ripe avocado, coarsely crushed with a fork, the juice of 1 lime, I finely chopped Spring onion, 2-3 chopped olives, 1 chopped sun-dried tomato, 1 handful of mint, basil, parsley and coriander, salt, pepper, nutmeg and green Tabasco. Mix all of these ingredients together well and let the flavors infuse together for at least 30 minutes... by which time those pizza snacks will be cool and ready for dipping!

So simple! So simply enjoy!

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