Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Monday, Monday

I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate. --Julia Child

Yesterday was the start of yet another long week...and the chilly, rainy day begged for a dinner that was comforting and warm. I didn't want to make anything from scratch, but I didn't want to order take out either. So, I rummaged around the pantry/kitchen and came up with a dinner that Chris proclaimed was "pretty gourmet for a Monday."  (I don't know what he expected. I am the Gourmess, after all.)  ;)

I had a multi-grain, ready-to-bake pizza crust in the bread drawer, so I brushed some olive oil on it and then spread caramelized shallots across it, like you would a sauce. (Williams-Sonoma makes a great jarred version, or if you have time --at least an hour--make them yourself by coating 1-2 lbs. of whole shallots in olive oil or butter and then roasting in the oven with kosher salt, brown sugar and red wine vinegar until soft and lovely.) Then, I crumbled goat cheese and bacon over the shallots until covered. At the last minute, I decided to add a sliced-up, leftover breaded chicken breast (Bell & Evans makes beautiful ones that I keep in the freezer for last-minute dishes like this.), but it would have been just as good without the chicken, so not necessary.  I baked in a 400 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes and then turned on the broiler until the cheese was bubbly and the bacon crisp, about 5 minutes more.

Just remove from the oven, top with some fresh rosemary, serve with a nice green salad, and Monday night dinner is done.

Yum!

P.S. No pictures this time because camera battery was dead. Sorry. :(

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