Weekend Dog Blogging #42

by Cate on July 10, 2006

One of our favorite quick lunches on the weekends is Stouffers French Bread Pizza … quick, simple, and much less greasy than regular slices, while still able to satisfy a craving fix. So you can imagine that when I saw Rachael Ray make French Bread Pizza on a recent episode of 30 Minute Meals, I had plans for that!

The Neighbors came over for dinner tonight, and we had a very casual meal with the pizza, Oven Baked Barbecue Wings, and Buffalo Chicken Dip. I FINALLY hit the Farmer’s Market today, so I took advantage of the fresh vegetables I bought, and added Panzanella as well. Perfect.

The pizza was deliciously filling, nice and crispy and, of course since it was a Rachael Ray recipe, it was a snap to make. The Buffalo Chicken Dip – yum! I’ve seen a few versions of the recipe floating around, and found this one in a recent issue of Family Circle magazine. I skipped the whole first step by using rotisserie chicken, making it a lot easier. We also reduced the hot sauce from six tablespoons to four. Six sounded like a lot, and this added just the right amount of heat. Creamy from the blue cheese dressing, filling from the chicken and downright yummy. It will definitely be repeated (will post recipe tomorrow).

Alright folks, all for tonight. Until tomorrow… on with the Weekend Dog Blogging round-up (a very short one tonight — they all must be enjoying the Summer weather)!

Ziggy from Soul Fusion Kitchen in Los Angeles goes for a quick dip to cool off:

Little Willie from Eating for One in Kansas is up next – what a cutie!

The trio over at Dispensing Happiness certainly have the HIDE part of Hide-and-Seek down pat…

And lastly, Pucci from What I’m Cooking Now in Georgia:

Oven Baked Barbecue Wings
10 chicken wings
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon garlic powder
5 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons prepared mustard

Preheat oven to 425F (220 degrees C). In a small saucepan, melt butter or margarine. Add onion powder, sugar, Worcestershire sauce and mustard; mix well. Dilute ketchup with water and add to saucepan mixture. Let simmer for 15 minutes. Place chicken wings in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Pour saucepan mixture over chicken. Bake, uncovered, in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes.

Super Stuffed French Bread Pizza Rustica
Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray

1 (2 foot long) loaf French bread
1 pound sweet Italian sausage
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (I skipped)
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2 large cloves garlic, chopped
1 package frozen chopped spinach defrosted and squeezed dry
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups part skim ricotta
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 pound sweet sopressata, from the deli, sliced thick, chopped
1/2 stick pepperoni, chopped
1 sack (10 ounces) shredded mozzarella
1 sack (10 ounces) shredded provolone
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Split bread lengthwise and hollow it out. Cut in half across, making 4 shells for pizzas. Heat a skillet over medium high flame and brown sausage in extra-virgin olive oil. Brown and crumble sausage. Add red bell pepper, onion and garlic. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, add spinach. Remove mixture from heat and season with a pinch of salt and black pepper, to your taste. Transfer to a bowl. Combine sausage and veggies with ricotta, Parmesan, sopressata and pepperoni. Fill bread shells and top with mounded mozzarella and provolone cheeses. Place in hot oven on cookie sheet and bake until cheese melts and bubbles and bread is super crisp, about 10 to 12 minutes. Top pizzas with oregano and hot pepper flakes. Serve immediately, or snack all night!

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Culinarily Obsessed July 10, 2006 at 4:40 am

yum sounds like a tasty meal, I gotta try the pizza.

The boys send their love to all the other blogging doggies, their momma was lazy with the camera today..lol

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Nupur July 10, 2006 at 9:51 am

I love the idea of a French bread pizza. I could be easily adapted to a vegetarian version. Thanks for sharing!

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Dani July 10, 2006 at 1:05 pm

i am normally not a big RR Fan but I saw her making this pizza and i think I’ll try it this week.

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Anonymous July 10, 2006 at 1:35 pm

The neighbor (husband)
As a former batchelor I have had numerous days and nights with the good old stand by Stouffers French Bread Pizza that every man can “NUKE UP”. The pizza was soooooooo good. I will be looking forward to this treat again.

PS. Stay tuned this week for the Husband’s Saturday night menu.

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Tammy July 10, 2006 at 3:04 pm

Where’s Eli? I missed seeing his cute face this week!

The dinner sounds great. French Bread pizza is so good. Do you remember when Stouffer’s made a croissant pizza? That was yummy too. And I’ve been wanting to try the buffalo chicken dip. Think I’ll put the ingredients on my next grocery list and give it a go.

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Patti July 10, 2006 at 3:51 pm

I have made RR’s French Bread Pizza before and it is sooo good! That may go on the menu for next week!

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sher July 10, 2006 at 8:12 pm

I love Stouffer’s French Bread Pizza!! :) This recipe sounds great.

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Madeline July 10, 2006 at 8:38 pm

That french bread pizza is my comfort food! Man, is it ever good.

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doggerham July 10, 2006 at 8:42 pm

Is it just me, or with this new format, is everything off to the right of the monitor? help!

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Cate July 10, 2006 at 10:15 pm

Jaay – hope to see them next week. And TRY THE PIZZA!

Nuput – a vegetarian version would be awesome … spinach, some small diced potatoes … can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Dani – it is REALLY good!

Hey Husband #2 – I had some of the leftovers wrapped up for you guys, but they ended up in the fridge. Ooops. ;)

Tammy – Eli will be back next week – promise. Don’t remember a croissant version of the pizza – how long ago?

Patti – nice to see you back!

Sher – a definite guilty pleasure. ;)

Madeline – I think I might leave off the pepperoni next time, but SO good, and now that Nupur’s got me thinking about a vegetarian version …

Doggerham – Just maximize the window and you should be A-OK.

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