Growing up, there were a few dinners in regular rotation that revolved around a lazy susan set in the middle of our kitchen table filled with fixings. The theme or vessel could vary from taco shell to baked potato to straight up salad bar. But it always satisfied everyone at our table, and now I appreciate how it also used up so many odds and ends. Nowadays, I most often recreate this style of dinner with what my kids call “pizza bread.” Much of this week’s produce box and foodstuffs will probably end up on my lazy susan for a “pizza bread” dinner. This is how we do it:
- It always starts with a delicious loaf of bread (fresh or sliced and toasted), and involves some tomato sauce or oven roasted tomatoes (see recipe on site), and ricotta or burrata cheese. But I never stop there…
- I might roast some cauliflower, broccolini, winter squash and/or radicchio and dress it with some anchovy-garlic vinaigrette (see recipe on site.)
- I might have some left over long-cooked cavolo nero (see recipe on site) or just saute all the greens in my vegetable drawer with olive oil and garlic.
- Chances are there is some salami somewhere or a frozen Italian sausage that can be added to the mix.
- And why not put out the open olives.
- Everybody builds their own “pizza bread” to their liking. One of my favorite combinations is a piece of toasted bread, rubbed with raw garlic, topped with roasted and smashed winter squash, roasted radicchio or oven roasted tomatoes and burrata cheese.