February 27, 2007

Cooking Club - Restaurant Recipes

Recipes from your favourite restaurant was the topic of our most recent Cooking Club. It turned out fairly well and amazingly enough there were no duplicates.

Here is the menu:

Danielle - Creole Peanut Soup from Magnolia Grill in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Jillian - Spinach Special Deep Dish Pizza from PizzaPapalis in Detroit, Michigan
Dana - Mushroom and Horseradish Beef Tips from Three in Windsor, Ontario
Rosemary - White Chocolate Brownies from Moxies across Ontario

Pizza Papalis – Spinach Special

Premade Pizza dough (make my own if you have time – I didn’t)

1 bag of baby spinach, washed, dried
½ pound fresh mushrooms, washed and cut into 1/8" slices (optional)
1 small onion, cut into 1/8" slices (optional)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
¾ lb whole milk mozzarella cheese, shredded (I used skim)
¾ cup ricotta cheese (or how ever much looks good)
¼ cup freshly grated Asiago (or parmesan) cheese (or how ever much looks good)
Salt & pepper, to taste

While the dough is rising, preheat oven to 500-degrees F. Prepare the filling by heating the olive oil in a large skillet and adding the spinach, garlic, chili pepper, salt and pepper. Cook over high heat, stirring frequently, until the spinach wilts and most of the excess liquid has evaporated. Drain the spinach in a colander and set aside until needed. Cook the mushrooms and onions and set aside until needed.

Topping Recipe
28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, drained and roughly crushed
2-3 tablespoons pesto sauce (or 5 to 6 fresh basil leaves and 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped)
¼ cup freshly grated Asiago (or parmesan) cheese

Roll the large portion of dough out into a 16" circle. Place the dough into a lightly greased deep-dish pizza pan. The dough should come up on the sides. Put layer of half the cheese, followed by a layer of all the spinach, then all the mushrooms and onion and then the remaining cheese. Roll out the remaining dough into a 14" circle and place it on top of the filling. Pinch the top and side edges together to seal (cut off excess dough). Prick the top with a fork to allow steam to escape.
Bake at 500-degrees F. for 15 minutes, then lower the temperature to 400-degrees F. and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Mix tomatoes with pesto (or basil and garlic), spread on top and then sprinkle with Asiago during the last 10 minutes of baking time.

Moxie's White Chocolate Brownie
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter
2 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
3 eggs
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pan.

Sift flour, baking powder and salt together, and set aside. Using a large pan, melt the butter and stir in the brown sugar. Let this cool for about 10 minutes and then add the eggs one at a time. Be sure to beat well after adding each egg.
Add the flour mixture, the nuts and the chocolate chips and blend well. Spread in the greased pan.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven or until the edges begin to pull away from the sides. Cut into small squares when cool.

**Garnish with Vanilla Ice Cream, Whipped Cream and Chocolate/Fudge sauce


Anonymous said...

Hey where is Dana's recipe? Get with the program Dana :)
(alternatively you could just make me beef tips whenever I fansy them!)

dolly said...

YUM! That sounds like a fantastic meal.

nan said...

the ingrediant has no White Chocolate????

Anonymous said...

hey danielle your retarded! they use white sugar and uh fucking white chocholate! and there are no nuts in them i think you pulled this recipe out of your ass and slapped a good name on it your so whorng please take this recipe off this site

DANIELLE said...

Hilarious! Who knew that someone with such awful grammar and spelling would get so angry about a recipe.

Thanks for your time!

P.S. Your = belonging to you
You're = you + are

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting the white chocolate brownie recipe. Anon obviously didnt try the recipe. I added vanilla and a little cream to the batter. The brownies came out nice.

Marcie said...

I always get the White Chocolate Brownie from Moxie's. It's definitely nothing like the recipe you posted. They mix white chocolate into the batter, then swirl in the melted dark chocolate. Your recipe is a big pile of lame.

DANIELLE said...

Oh Marcie, this kind of anger over a recipe? I'm concerned.

I would think that anything that had hot fudge, chocolate and ice cream would be pleasing to the masses.

Perhaps you could share your wonderful version of this, so the rest of the readers aren't led astray?