Jalapeno Popper Pizza

If I had to describe this pizza it would be, AMAZING. There is just no way you can go wrong with this. I haven’t had the best experience cooking with jalapenos but this sounded too good not to try and it came out perfectly. This is so easy to make it totally tastes just like a jalapeño popper in a pizza! As mentioned in the recipe  below, crispy bacon pieces would be a great addition to this pizza!

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Jalapeno Popper Pizza

Jalapeno Popper Pizza

Spicy and cheesy pizza with a jalapeño popper twist. Two favorites in one bite!

Ingredients

1 ball of pizza dough; homemade or store bought

2 jalapenos; sliced and seeds remove (unless you want it extra spicy)

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 Tbsp yellow corn meal

6 ounces of cream cheese; softened

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 1/2 cups grated Monterey Jalapeno Jack Cheese

5-7 large slices of Havarti cheese

1 Tbsp fresh chives; sliced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly coat a pizza pan or baking sheet with olive oil. Work the pizza with your hands to form a pizza dough about 10 inches in diameter. Transfer to pan and sprinkle cornmeal to the bottom of the pizza/baking dish (this will make the bottom and edges crispy).
  2. In a small bowl add garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper to cream cheese until combined.
  3. Spread the cream cheese over pizza dough evenly. Leave about 3/4-1 inch of a border. Add havarti slices, then sprinkle shredded jack cheese, top with jalapenos, and chives.
  4. Place in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes of until golden brown.
  5. *if you love bacon, I highly reccomend adding freshly chopped bacon to the top of these for an extra deliciousness!
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Killer Artichoke Cheese Bread

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If you love artichoke dip, you will for sure looooove this bread! It’s the perfect combination of garlic bread, cheese bread, and cheesy artichoke dip. There is something ever so perfect about bread when it comes straight from the oven. The crunchy-ness of the outer crust–and then the warm and fluffy soft middle. This is such a favorite because how could you go wrong with this amazing combination!? You can’t!

Ingredients:
1 ciabatta loaf
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
1 can of artichoke hearts; drained and chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
3 cloves of garlic; finely chopped
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup monterey jack jack cheese
1/4 cup cheddar cheese
Chives; finely chopped to sprinkle on top

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Slice bread in half and lay out on baking sheet lined with foil.

2. Melt butter for 30 seconds in microwave. In a medium sized bowl, add butter, sour cream, artichoke hearts, salt, pepper, garlic, and cheeses until well combined. Spread evenly on each half of bread and bake for 15 minutes until melted. Switch oven to broil and broil bread for 3 minutes until bubbly. Let cool for 5 minutes, slice, sprinkle chives, and enjoy!

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Smoked Salmon Flatbread

Smoked salmon is one of my favorite indulgences so I did not waste any time to make this! I first starting eating it when I was little with my bagels and I’ve been in love with it ever since. I was inspired to make this flatbread when I took my Nana out to lunch as a late Valentine’s gift at this cute little restuarnt called Cafe Rustica in Carmel Valley. We ordered a smoked salmon flatbread as an appetizer and it was delicious! I love finding and trying great dishes at restaurants and making a copycat version of my own.

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Yield: 6

Ingredients:
5-6 ounces smoked salmon or lox
2 Tbsp Boursin garlic herb cheese spread
1 Tbsp chives; chopped
1 Tbsp capers
5 thinly sliced red onions
1 sheet of lavish bread
Pepper
Lemon (optional)
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Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place lavish bread on a baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes or until slightly crispy.

2. Spread cheese on bread evenly, now here is the fun part…add your smoked salmon, capers, onions, and chives. Sprinkle with black pepper and a squeeze of lemon (optional)! You can add as much or as little to any of the ingredients, its totally up to you. Cut into 6 pieces and enjoy this mouthwatering appetizer!
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Cauliflower Garlic “Mashed Potatoes”

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Just to make it clear, there are NO potatoes in this healthy dish…and I promise you will not be able to tell the difference..it’s that good!

Yield: 6

Ingredients:
1 head of cauliflower; cut into chunks
1/4 cup yellow onion; chopped
4 cloves of garlic; chopped
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp chives; chopped
Parmesan cheese (optional; highly recommended)

Steps:
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then add chunks of cauliflower. Boil until cauliflower is semi-soft..about 6 minutes. After drain and add 1 Tbsp of olive oil, onions, and garlic to a medium sized frying pan. Add in cauliflower pieces and season with salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes to set in flavor of garlic and onions.

2. Add everything from pan into a medium-large bowl. Add in olive oil and chicken broth and with a potato masher, food processor, or an immersion blender (what I used and is super easy!), blend until everything is combined. Sprinkle with chives and parmesan cheese. So delicious and good for you!