Saturday, April 23, 2011

Moonstruck- A Big-A-Pizza Pie Topped w/ Sugar Snap Out of it Peas


This is a movie I grew up with and it makes it classic and fun regardless of how cheesy and over the top it can be. My favorite chz moment is when Ronnie Cammerari knocks over the table that Lorretta is sitting at, picks her up, and while carrying her to the bed, yells, "SON OF A BITCH!" I actually make a point to do my Nicholas Cage impression whenever I am moved to say son of a bitch. The movie just wouldn't have the same impact if it were made with higher standards. If this goofiness were on purpose, it's genius, because it's hard to make bad good unless it's on accident. It does have it's great cinematic elements all throughout though. Olympia Dukakis for one. One of my, oh... top 30 favorite movie scenes is with her and John Mahoney in the Italian restaurant. Everything about that scene is cinematic perfection. The dialogue, the character chemistry, the arch within the scene. I always look forward to the part when they are standing outside Rose's house and he is trying to imply that he wants her to invite him up. He shivers and says "I'm a little cold" she replies "You're a little boy, and you like to be bad" It's such a great line and a phenomenal moment. So, from 1987 I present Moonstruck along side A Big-A-Pizza Pie Topped w/ Sugar Snap Out of it Peas and Manicotti... because we can't leave out the pasta.

A Big-A-Pizza Pie topped w/ Sugar Snap Out of It Peas

The Crust

1 packet of active dry yeast
3 cups flour
1 and 1/4 cups of warm water
1 TB sugar
1 tsp salt
1 TB olive oil

This is your pretty standard pizza dough crust. Put the sugar in the warm water , then add the yeast. It should start to look "active" shortly. Meanwhile, mix the flour and salt in a bowl. Then add your active yeast mixture and knead a good 5-10 minutes. set in a bowl coated w/ olive oil, cover bowl with a wet towel and allow to rise (30 minutes). Knead again, place in bowl, allow to rise. Keep repeating this process until you can't stand it any longer. Dough is really awesome after a whole day process of this. Then you can toss it in the air like the pros. just make sure you have a clean floor in case you drop it, you can just pick it right back up again and keep tossing. When you are ready, roll out the ball of dough to form your pizza crust.

Loja (aka cashew chz)

1 lb. raw cashews
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/4-1/2 cup water
2 TB fresh lemon juice
1/2-3/4 tsp salt (to taste)
2 cloves of garlic chopped

Soak cashews 2-4 hours, add everything except the water into the food processor or blender. Add 1/4 cup of water and blend. Add more water as needed. Set in fridge until ready.

The other stuff

I used Trader Joes sauce :/
about 4-5 cloves of garlic chopped
2 dices roma tomatoes
small handful of fresh basil
about 8 oz. of sugar snap out of it peas
1-2 TB balsamic vinegar
3 TB olive oil
a little cornmeal

Coat a thin layer of olive oil on your pizza stone , then sprinkle some cornmeal. Place your dough on the stone and spread the sauce on it. Wet your hands and grab a glob of loja, flatten it between your hands and place on the pizza. Continue this until pizza is covered. finely dice the basil and mix with the tomatoes, sprinkle on top. Bake at 475 for about 10-15 min.
In a pan, add snap peas, balsamic vinegar and a touch of oil and begin to saute, moving and flipping frequently until the vinegar is reduced and the peas are slightly browned. When you are just about ready, add 3 TB of olive oil and your chopped garlic. It will take less than a minute to cook the garlic perfectly, be careful not to burn it or it will turn bitter. Take the pizza out and drizzle all of the pan contents over the pizza.

A Big-A Pizza Pie...
Sauteing the sugar snap out of it peas...
"Chrissy, over on the wall, bring me the big knife... I'm gonna cut my throat!"
When the moon seems to shine like you've had-a-too much wine...
Ronnie: A bride without a head!
Loretta: A wolf without a foot!


Manicotti

If you have left over loja, or you want to make more. Buy some manicotti shells and cook them in boiling water for about 6 minutes. Stuff them with loja mixed with some italian herbs. Put a layer of sauce in a baking dish, lay the stuffed manicotti on top, put a layer of sauce on top and bake at 350 for about 35 minutes.



Priest: What sins have you to confess?
Loretta: Twice I took the name of the Lord in vain, once I slept with the brother of my fiancee, and once I bounced a check at the liquor store, but that was really an accident.
Priest:Then it's not a sin. But... what was that second thing you said, Loretta?

2 comments:

  1. What a delightful surprise! I am a new vegan so I was unsure how this would taste, but I was blown away by how cheesy it tasted. Yum! Thanks for the recipe and I'll be back for more!

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