And now, Scary-Crayon presents...
Happy St. Patrick's Day, everybody! On this day that lots of people celebrate despite not being Irish and having no idea whatsoever about its true significance, we all wear green and get drunk and beat the bloody crap out of people in pubs. I'm really not sure how that's supposed to honor the saint who brought Catholicism to Ireland and saved them from the Snake Men because He-Man was off modeling his fur underwear and whatnot, but I don't pretend to understand those wacky Irish customs. I mean really, exceedingly wealthy green-clad midgets who hang out at the end of rainbows? Makes no sense that does.
Anyway, green being the color of the day, we here at Scary-Crayon bring you a very strange recipe that you're welcome to try at home if you've got nothing better to do and the spirit of insanity moves you. Per the title of the article and the dish -- Peanut Butter Pesto Okra & Zucchini Pizza -- you'll need the following items: peanut butter, pesto, okra, zucchini, and pizza. The peanut butter and pesto are easy enough to secure, but you've got some choices with the other ingredients. With the veggies, you can either go fresh or frozen -- or even from a can, if you've seen canned zucchini before. I haven't, but I think I've seen canned okra. And of course pizza can be found in a number of different forms, from delivery to DiGiorno to homemade, if you've got the time. For this piece, we went old school and broke out a frozen
slice rectangle of the classic Ellio's pizza that nobody really liked as a child but I think we ate anyway because the Turtles told us to or something. Oh, and speaking of the Turtles, note our green, green, green hosts -- we have The Incredible Hulk, Patty O'Green and Lucky, and Super Leonardo. Turtles love pizza, you know.
So if any of your ingredients were of the frozen variety, you'll want to pop them in the microwave in order to knock the chill off. While that's going on, you can prepare the special peanut butter and pesto sauce! It's pretty simple to make -- just mix two teaspoons of peanut butter and a tablespoon of pesto together in a bowl until they're, uh, mixed together real good. If you like, go ahead and try it to see if maybe you'd rather not ruin your pizza with it. As you can see, reactions may vary, but personally I didn't think it was that bad at all. In fact, having tried, it I'm surprised that I haven't heard more about the use of peanut butter in Italian cooking! But maybe I'm just out of the loop here.
Anyway, once that's done and your ingredients are all thawed and stuff, it's time to get your pizza into the green, green, green St. Patty's Day groove! First, spread the special peanut butter pesto sauce over the pizza like so. See how festive and green it becomes! Actually, it's more of an icky greenish-brown diarrhea color, which is why you've got the zucchini and okra. Top off the pizza with them and watch the leprechauns dance an Irish jig! It's magical. And feel free to add some salt and pepper if you want to season the veggies further.
So yeah, that's about it. It really tastes like what it is, so there's no need for a commentary on it -- you've got bread, tomato sauce, cheese, peanut butter, pesto, zucchini, and okra. With the exception of the peanut butter, pesto, and cheese, the flavors don't really mesh, so it's like eating a little of each of the ingredients in rapid succession. Oh, and you're gonna need a fork and a knife for this one, because picking that thing up is not a good idea. Enjoy! And one more time, like Lucky says...
-- Wes --
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