Here’s the thing about spaghetti squash. You can’t go into it expecting it to taste anything like spaghetti. So get that thought out of your head now. In fact, stop calling it spaghetti squash. Just call it stringy squash because that is essentially what it is. Once you roast and cut open a spaghetti squash, you are left with stringy, somewhat crisp flesh that is delicious and totally adaptable to basically anything your heart desires. But it does not taste like spaghetti.
I think because it is called spaghetti squash, it is most often treated as such and served with meatballs and sauce. That is fine and dandy, since it is definitely tasty that way. I took mine, however, and turned it into a crustless pizza. I scooped all of the tender yellow flesh out and tossed it in a bowl with copious amounts of mozzarella and pizza sauce as well as a little basil and just a touch of red pepper flakes for heat.
And the result was excellent. I love the texture of spaghetti squash. It’s crisp and fresh. If you’re in that post-Christmas detox mode, this will fit the bill. It’s healthy while filling and incredibly flavorful. Give it a whirl if you’re still craving pizza without the added guilt!
Everyone loves pizza, right? In my years on Earth, I honestly don’t think I ever met someone that isn’t a fan. I could probably eat pizza every day. Forever. And ever. And ever.
Since I am still on my wonton wrapper kick (seriously, people. I don’t think it’s going to end any time soon), I shoved pizza inside those too. I was skeptical. But the results were pretty awesome. Everyone in the house liked these. Usually, there is one person who objects. The recipe made 16. We could have used 20 or 25.
I think these would be great for football parties. Or holiday parties. Or any time parties.
Whisk the egg with a bit of water in a small bowl. Pour the breadcrumbs in a separate, shallow dish.
Dredge the chicken pieces first in egg then in breadcrumbs, coating completely.
Heat a sauce pan with ½ inch of oil over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, place the chicken pieces in and cook until golden brown on one side. Flip and cook until golden on the other, then remove and place on a paper towel-lined plate.
Once the chicken has drained, place it on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes until cooked through.
While the chicken cooks, heat up the panini press.
Take the butter and mix in the garlic until well combined. Slather some butter on each piece of bread.
Take three pieces of the bread and line with 2-3 Tbsp. mozzarella cheese and 2-3 Tbsp. marinara sauce. Sprinkle on a pinch of red pepper flakes.
Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, lay 2-3 pieces on top of the bread. Top with the remaining three pieces of bread.
Place on the panini press and cook until golden brown and cheese has melted, about 3 minutes.
When your significant other tells you that they despise all eggs, you should probably not try to sneak eggs into their dishes. Because they will notice. And when they put the first bite into their mouth, they will make a face, then cringe. Then politely sit with you while you eat. They may push their food around on the plate to make it seem like they are eating it. They may pick up some food on their fork, raise it to their mouth then pretend to be struck with a brilliant, bite-stopping thought. These things do happen when you try to sneak ingredients into food.
Sometimes, however, you aren’t even sneaky about it. It is a common, well-known fact that carbonara has egg in it. It’s a generally accepted ingredient in classic carbonara. Carbonara = eggs, bacon, pasta, deliciousness. And thus, when you make carbonara, your significant other should not act surprised at the not-at-all-hidden ingredient mixed in with their pasta. They should just eat it and soak in all the delicious flavors that carbonara has to offer. Trust me on this one. Carbonara = great. Quick, easy, contains bacon. What could be better?
We really like our hot pockets around here. It’s like Christmas when they go on sale. We stock up on all different flavors and devour them as if we’ll never eat again. It’s kind of pathetic but it’s what we do.
I figured why not try my hand at homemade hot pockets. How hard can it be, right? I went with pizza since that is the flavor that goes first. They turned out pretty tasty and pleased everyone. I’m thinking of adding them to our standard repertoire. It’s perfect for those nights when you need something fast. Give it a whirl!