Friday night fun time!

Ready for the oven
Ready for the oven

 

Once in my past, Friday nights involved lots of people, driving in traffic to get to some trendy place, alcohol and loud music.  Nowadays, Friday nights are a respite from a hectic week.  I walk into my quiet little house and audibly sigh.  AHHHHHHHHHH.  Off comes the bra and shoes,  And on goes the radio , usually country.
I don’t exactly when my Friday night interests changed, rather evolved.  I just know that the thought of a quiet, peaceful Friday night makes me incredibly happy.  Tonight’s Friday night was more fun than usual!  I’ve been focused, ok obsessed, with cast iron cookware and want to use as many pieces as I can in order to season them.  Do you know you can buy a pound of bacon at Albertson’s meat counter for $3.99?  $2.99 when it’s on sale!  Why spend $8.99 for the stuff in the chilled refrigerator?
Tonight’s plan was to use the whole wheat Trader Joe’s crust to make a single serving bbq chicken pizza ala CPK.  I didn’t expect the Trader Joe’s crust to make more than 2 pizzas!    Ooops.
My 1st attempt was a classic bbq chicken pizza: bbq chicken, red onions, mozzarella, cilantro

 

Fresh out the oven in a #6 cast iron skillet.
Fresh out the oven in a #6 cast iron skillet.

 

Get in my belly!
Get in my belly!

 

2nd attempt was a classic margarita: fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, a simple marinara sauce.

 

Fresh basil! Fresh Mozzarella!
Fresh basil! Fresh Mozzarella!
Melted cheese over fresh basil ready to be slice.
Melted cheese over fresh basil ready to be slice.
Close up of crust and melted cheese.  Yummy!
Close up of crust and melted cheese. Yummy!

 

 

It was the 3rd attempt that excited me:  bbq chicken pizza with smoked gouda and bacon!  It was fantastic.   I who like simple flavors love this version of the pizza! The gouda and bacon add a level of smokiness and taste that the 1st attempt didn’t have.  Moreover (oooo, I feel so lawyerly using that word!), the crust on #3 was thinner and crisped up nicely.

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To complete these delicious tastings, I added Champagne!  Did you think I’d add anything else?  Champagne! Oh no, I think not.  What a glorious … and peaceful Friday nite!

Writen by Chanel Babe

Hitting my stride in my 50s. An eclectic collector of wine, Chanel(r) purses, vintage teapots, cowboy boots and travel adventures. This is my MIDLIFE adventure . Welcome onboard~

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