We just spied an elegant cacio e pepe version
of our beloved Rose’s Pasta Cheese pie. We clipped this recipe from a magazin
e in the early 1980s from a favourite restaurant at the time, 4th Street Rose. It was our city’s first California casual resto, with then-mind-blowing fusion and healthy California cuisine. And it was the hottest spot in the city for years.
This rich, savoury pie was legend. Great for brunch, for lunch or for a summer night’s dinner. Paired with a green, puckery salad and a gorgeous glass of wine, it makes a great meal. Better if you are hearing Culture Club or The Police in the background!
We like to think the recipe was inspired by Alice Waters at Chez Panisse or some wonderful California hot spot, as the creator of this recipe made frequent reconnaissance trips there.
It’s tempting to add something more to this dish: thyme, other veggies, trendier cheese, caramelized onions. But just try it on its own and savour its simplicity. Best served barely warmed/room temperature.
(This was our contribution to the awesome 2nd annual Pieathalon (thanks Yinzerella from Dinner is Served 1972 and the talented yesterdaysmenus.com)
Spring is coming and we’re already thinking pink.
We are looking forward to barbecued pizza, and earls’ pesto shrimp and lemon is our inspiration. It was created by an earls chef who previously worked at 4 St. Rose.
California Shrimp Pizza
2 12-inch pizza dough portions
2 Tbs pesto
2 tbsp confit garlic oil
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella or provolone
1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 cup crumbled feta
6 oz (170 grams) raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup pesto
2 lemon wedges
Preheat grill and pizza stone on high. (500F)
Stretch the dough into rounds. Place on a floured or cornmeal dusted sheet. Brush with garlic oil to within 1/2 inch of the edge. Top with one-quarter of mozzarella.
Sprinkle sun-dried tomatoes and top with another quarter of mozzarella and half of the feta to keep them from burning.
Coat shrimp in vegetable oil and top them on pizza. Repeat steps with second pizza.
Grill or bake for 10 or 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown.
Garnish with a drizzle of pesto and service with lemon wedges.