Recipe- Apricot Arugula Prosciutto Pizza

Hey Cats!

It’s Pre-Friday! That’s my new favorite way to refer to Thursday thanks to The Skimm. I feel like this week has gone by super fast- it seems like it was just the weekend yesterday! Speaking of weekends, one of my favorite things to do when I don’t have other plans is to make something new for dinner. It’s a long process that keeps me entertained for quite some time: I find a recipe, go to the grocery store, and then go home and make myself dinner! I know this makes me sound SUPER lame, but I promise I don’t do this like, every weekend. But I always find really great recipes, and I’m going to share my latest treasure with you!

I found this recipe in my Pioneer Woman cookbook, and I’ve been wanting to make it for a while. I had every intention of making it just as the recipe said, but the only fig spread I could find was about $6 for a tiny jar, and the other ingredients were getting pretty expensive, so I opted to use apricot jam instead! It turned out really delicious!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

– 1 pizza crust (I’m not actually Ree Drummond, so I didn’t feel obligated to make my own- I used a refrigerated crust!)

-1/2 cup apricot jam

-One 12oz log of fresh mozzarella

-8 oz prosciutto (I just found a small package in the deli section, pre-sliced and ready to go!)

– About 1 &1/2 cups of arugula

-Shredded Parmesan cheese

Here’s what you do:

1. First, roll out the pizza dough onto a slightly greased cookie sheet. Spread it out evenly until it reaches the edge of the pan, or as close as it will get.

2. Next, spread the apricot jam evenly on the crust, leaving a little space on the edge.

3. After that, slice the mozzarella into thin rounds, and place them all over the pizza.

4. Bake at 425 for 12-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the crust is cooked.

5. Then, place the prosciutto slices on top of the cheese. I tore a couple of mine into smaller pieces to make sure there was prosciutto everywhere. 

6. Next, pile on the arugula. I didn’t pile mine too high, because I knew I was going to have over half of the pizza left over, and I wasn’t sure how it would keep in the fridge (update: it was perfect! The arugula didn’t wilt or anything!).

7. For the finishing touch, sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese over the top of the pizza. Enjoy!

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I had to stop myself from not inhaling this whole pan by myself. The combination of the sweet apricot, creamy mozzarella, salty prosciutto, and spicy arugula is genius. It reminds me of my favorite pizza from Napa Flats in College Station: it’s date, prosciutto, and truffle oil and it’s also the perfect combo of sweet and salty. UGH so good. This pizza will change your life, I promise. You could whip this up for a night with friends, or you could make it for yourself and eat it for three days straight like I did! Either way, you can’t lose. Thanks again to Ree, my Aggie basketball bestie for the recipe!

That’s all for meow!

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Friday’s Five

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Happy Friday! This week has flown by, which I can’t decide if I love or hate. Also, the weather. Who can I talk to about the disparities in frozen road distribution across Texas? Because it seems like literally everyone had snow days except for College Station. I mean, it snowed at Baylor in Waco, which isn’t an hour and a half away, so basically three feet in weather distance. And in Tyler, my parents and sister either had early dismissal or just didn’t go to work Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. They would tell me that they were all sitting in the living room by the fire as I sat in my office trying to defrost my fingers after my trudge across campus. But I digress.

It’s been an eventful couple of weeks, so I’m sure I could do Friday’s Fifteen- but I’ll spare you. Here’s what I’ve been loving lately:

1. Meeting the Pioneer Woman

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Something about senior year makes you want to do everything you’ve been meaning to do for the past four years, because “I’ll never get to do this again!”. For me, that was attending three sporting events in the span of five days. Shocking, I know. Actually, I have really enjoyed basketball since I was in high school, and Aggie basketball is 15x better. Anyways, I went to the game against LSU last Tuesday night with my friend Shelbie, and lo and behold, Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman was in attendance. She is my culinary hero, and I’ve always said that I would be open to living on a ranch only if I could be as fabulous as she is. We walked over to the section she was in and asked her to take a few pictures, and she was sweet enough to take one with each one of us! She told us that her daughter Alex had just been accepted to Texas A&M, and asked us why she should choose Aggieland. I think I said something really vague along the lines of “it’s the best!”, but what I really meant was, “This place means the world to me. Not only have I received the highest quality education, but I’ve made the best of friends. I’ve learned so much about my faith, myself, and other people. There’s a sense of friendship among literally everyone here that’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, and I know that I’ll be a part of that even after I graduate. But most importantly, this place has given me the skills to become the type of person I always wanted to be, but never really had the confidence to be.” (#senioryearsap) But obviously, that would have been a little long-winded. So we snapped our photos, thanked Ree and told her that Alex would be making the best decision of her life by becoming an Aggie, and skipped back to our seats to witness a very exciting Aggie victory over those silly LSU kitties.

2. French Toast in a Mug

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I don’t know what it is, but something about making food in a mug just gets me really excited. I think it’s because I feel like there aren’t as many things to clean up afterwards, but let’s be honest, I am a walking mess so “minimal cleanup” is kind of a pipe dream for me. I found this recipe for French Toast in a mug on Pretty Prudent, and it looks like a wonderful option for Saturday breakfast. Also how cute is that mug?

3. #LlamaDrama

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Yesterday, the Internet completely lost its mind. First came the Great Llama Chase of 2015, and the “what color is this dress?” debacle (which I will not address-you people have too much time on your hands, go do some homework.). Most important, obviously, is the high-speed llama chase. This Buzzfeed article provides excellent footage of two llamas frolicking through the streets of Arizona. Bless them. Also those little suckers are FAST. Just look at ’em go.

4.The Skimm

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As I may have shared before, I love to start my day with The Skimm! There is SO MUCH going on in the world, and I’m not just talking about llama chases and silly debates about color. The Skimm is a daily email that gives you a quick overview of important issues- ISIS, Israel, the Keystone XL Pipeline, and the like. It’s important to stay informed, so if you haven’t subscribed, do it right now!

5. Tildon Dress

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A few weeks ago, I went to Houston to visit my bestie Ashley, and I tried on this Tildon shift dress at Nordstrom. I couldn’t justify buying it, because I had just bought a similar dress that I hadn’t even worn yet. And then last week, I bought yet another similar dress that I have yet to wear. But I kind of can’t stop thinking about this dress- the cut is very flattering, and the colors are so much fun! I don’t really need it, so I’m going to try and control myself, but no promises. If anyone feels like talking me into buying it, be my guest.

That’s all for meow! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend- and stay warm!

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