Tuesday, October 23, 2007

It's Pizzaiola!

And this is the moment that the quilting/crochet/gardening blog becomes a foodie blog too. Gawd. There is obviously no stopping me.

Porco Pizzaiola is a favourite dinner in Chez Quiltingmick - I've based it on Tessa Kiros' recipe from her "Twelve" book. It's perfect served with boiled potatoes tossed in sage and melted butter, with carrots and beans. And if veal wasn't so hideously expensive I'd be using that instead of pork.

First you flatten your pork or veal and cut into smaller pieces. Lightly pan fry, and layer in a dish (vintage pyrex makes it taste better - honestly!)

Lay the pork in the bottom of dish

Bring two 440g cans of diced tomatoes (hey I'd use fresh tomatoes but at $5.99 a kilo for fresh or 99 cents a tin at the IGA, let's not call Michelle a fool) to the boil, turn down to a simmer, add basil, thyme, pepper and salt and simmer for 20 mins until the reduced sauce is sweet. Don't be tempted to add sugar. The sauce will get sweeter the longer you cook it.


Ladle the sauce over the pork until all pieces are covered. Then pop some thin slices of mozzarella cheese on the top and whack it in the oven (180 degrees celcius) for 15 or 20 minutes.

Porco pizzaiola

Yes, my kitchen is that yellow.

While that's cooking, do your vegies. Or get a store-bought salad and do a few rows of sock knitting in the time you've saved.

Porco pizzaiola - benissimo!!


  1. Nice!! Spectacular even! I like the look of that A LOT, complete with vintage kitchen ware. If you are going to post more of this stuff, I will be watching, salivating and planning.

    And I like your style - save time, knit socks. :-)

  2. Oh, yum scrum! I have Twelve at home, but havent looked at it in absolute ages - now I'll hook it out when I get home tonight.

    And Ive just planted some new sage seedling too ;-)

  3. Just made your recipe for dinner tonight, it was a big hit! Nice and easy, and VERY yummy :D


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