Take Back the Kitchen Hits the Road
I went on a tour of Unilever's test kitchen this past week, the folks who make I Can't Believe It's not Butter!" and I learned some pretty interesting things regarding the practices of home cooks:
#1 In the U.S. , no one wants more than 20 minutes of prep when making a recipe
#2 In the U.S., most home cooks will not make a recipe if it has more than 8 ingredients
What does this say about our society? Cooking from home is one of the best and easiest ways to maintain good health so why limit ourselves with such short prep time and few ingredients? We are missing out on some fabulous recipes.
That being said, there are plenty of delicious dishes that can be prepared with few ingredients and little prep. One of them is this tasty pizza appetizer I was served on the tour. I prefer to use butter but if one has an intolerance to butter, a bit of this spread in place of the butter won't hurt. Everything in moderation...
Caramelized Onion and Fig Pizza:
2 Tbsp.butter spread or 2 Tbsp butter
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 cup dried mission figs, chopped (about 5 oz.)
1 Tbsp. port wine (optional)
6 slices low fat Swiss cheese (about 4 oz.)-or you can use goat cheese
2 (8-in.) prebaked pizza crusts (try to find a whole wheat one)
Preheat oven to 450°.
Melt butter Spread or butter in 12-inch skillet over medium heat and cook onion, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes or until golden brown. Stir in figs and port and cook until liquid is absorbed. Arrange 3 slices cheese, torn to fit, on each pizza crust, then evenly top with onion mixture; press gently. Arrange pizzas on baking sheet and bake 12 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is crisp. Garnish, if desired, with thinly sliced fresh basil leaves. Cut each to pizza into 8 wedges.
TIP: Also great as a bruschetta topping! Simply toast rounds of French bread, then top with onion and fig mixture. Garnish with shredded cheese and toast until golden.
Alma Schneider, LCSW, is founder of Take Back the Kitchen. Like TBK, this blog is dedicated to helping people recognize and overcome the common and unique obstacles to being everything they hope to be in the kitchen. She is a featured Kitchen Coach Expert on http://www.realsavvymoms.com and healthy food sponsor for BabyLovesdisco.com. Alma is also a frequent recipe contributor to www.suzysaid.com. Alma is a native New Yorker, transplanted to the suburbs, where she lives with her husband and four children. She is also the founder and President of Parents Who Rock, a non-profit organization which raises money for charity through concerts performed by parents seeking to reconnect with their musical pasts.
Posted in: Events on 04/14/2010