Sunday, October 24, 2010
Tuna-Mozzarella Pizzas for Dorie's Birthday Dinner!
Welcome to my humble home on the web! I'm pleased to be one of your hosts for the first course in our progressive dinner celebration in honor of your birthday.
Holly of Phe.MOM.enon noticed your birthday on your Facebook page and she wanted to find a way to celebrate your special day. She got Laurie of slush involved. You are such a wonderful supporter of both Tuesdays with Dorie and French Fridays with Dorie and it only seems fitting to invite you over for dinner. Given that the members of both groups are spread out around the world, a virtual progressive dinner party was Laurie's way of inviting you over to gather around our tables.
We were able to choose the course and recipe we'd prepare from Around My French Table. After you wrote about these tuna-mozzarella pizzas on your website (the post is here), I wanted to make them so badly. Your birthday gave me the special event I was saving them for.
This is one of those recipes that are so simple that using the very best ingredients is important. The tuna is heated only for a minute or two in the oven and should be the freshest possible sushi grade. The fresh mozzarella, tuna and tomatoes are sliced and layered on a circle of puff pastry which has been prebaked and topped with lightly sauteed spring onions. Garnished with basil leaves, sliced radishes, black olives, and a drizzle of olive oil, these were delicious. Perfect for a first course for Dorie's birthday celebration, or a weekend lunch for my sweetie.
Happy birthday, Dorie! I'm in the city you love, eating Pierre Herme croissants for breakfast, pastries for lunch and macarons for...any and no excuse at all. I hope your book tour is going well and I'm so happy for my Twitter and TWD/FFwD friends who are getting to meet you.