Week of Martha: Day 5Posted by in Food
The week of Martha’s pre-prepped dinners has come to a close at last. If you read my posts from the last 5 days, you’ll see that in the Sept issue of Martha Stewart Everyday Food, the “Sunday Strategy” article details how to shop and prep in advance for 5 weekday meals. It sounded like a fun experiment.
Last night was the final meal and let me tell you I am a little tired of these pre-prepped ingredients at this point! Dinner was Pizza 2 Ways. You buy 2 pizza dough balls (I bought whole wheat) and on your prep day, you press them into rectangular baking sheets and freeze them. Let me tell you, It was a huge pain having those two baking sheets in the freezer all week. It was also a huge pain having those two baking sheets in use all week.
On cooking night, you spread olive oil on the crusts. On one pizza you spread some chopped up roasted tomatoes (pre-prepped) then plop some ricotta cheese around, sprinkle with Parmesan and salt and pepper. On the other pizza you’re supposed to thinly slice your pre-prepped potatoes and spread them. Sprinkle with rosemary and salt and pepper.
I cheated and took one pizza crust made a regular cheese pizza so that the family would not complain. On the other, I made half with the tomato/ricotta, 1/4 with the potato and 1/4 with some fresh tomatoes, broccoli and mozzarella just to have some veggies. I also cooked up tri-colored Swiss chard I bought at the farmer’s market and served that with a little butter and balsamic vinegar to have some more veggies.
Both of Martha’s pizzas got a thumbs down. Let’s start with the potato one. It’s just pizza dough, oil, potato, rosemary and salt and pepper. Blech. That’s not a pizza. In my opinion, potato does NOT belong on pizza. It was just yucky. The tomato/ricotta one was also not good. There just wasn’t enough topping. Ricotta has very little flavor, so this was just bland. The veggie pizza I made was ok – at least it had cheese. If I had added some garlic it would have been great. The plain cheese pizza was good, so at least there was no revolt.
I would say overall, I did not find this week to be a success. Only one night was a stand out winner – the salmon. The spaghetti night was pretty good too. The other nights are not worth bothering with. By the time this last dinner rolled around I was so sick of roasted tomatoes and baby red potatoes that I may never want to see them again! While pre-prepping does save some time, I would rather take the extra 15 minutes each night so that I can make what want fresh. I’m glad I tried the experiment, but I have to say that’s definitely not something Martha herself would ever do.
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I always put cheese on the pizza dough, Swiss, the kind without holes. I agree with you about potatoes on pizza. No way! I was impressed you stuck with this experiment. Perhaps it gave some people ideas. Personally, I prefer to prep right before cooking so everything is fresh.
I love to make pizza with all kinds of cheeses on it sometimes, Swiss included. You can’t go wrong with cheese! I agree – I’d rather have my ingredients fresh.
You should be able to flash freeze your pizza dough then reclaim the baking sheets for use during the rest of the week until cooking time. You should freeze then remove from the baking sheet, wrap the dough in plastic then wrap THAT in foil.
I do it all the time for bread dough. My Honey Oat Wheat Bread recipe makes enough for two loaves or one loaf and rolls. So I bake half on the day, then apply the previous procedure to the rest until I decide to bake the rest of it. Freezing homemade bread, you shape it after the first rise and punch down then pop it in the freezer.
I was wondering about the red potato pizza recipe. Not sure that would have flown with my husband. Thanks for sharing your week of recipes.
We actually ended up throwing out all of Martha’s pizza since no one wanted to eat it!
Yikes! Throwing out food isn’t saving time or money. Sorry it wasn’t a success, but thanks for trying it for all of us.