Friday, March 20, 2015

Centro Woodfired Pizza - Cedar City, UT

Yum! What a nice surprise to find such fresh, tasty food in this cute, little town. 
The decor was really cute. The perfect mix of modern and reclaimed/rustic. Lots of natural light and super friendly and knowledgeable staff. 
Fresh decor complimentwd their food really well. This place is great for eating with 1-2 people, or I believe they would accommodate larger parties as well. 
Their special was proccuttio and dried apricots! I didn't get brave enough to try it, but I'm sure it would be good!
Reclaimed wood and pallete went throughout the place. 

And, now the food! We ordered the bruschetta and it was awesome! The bread they used was a cool and crunchy compliment to the diced fresh tomatoes and the balsamic sauce. We are every bite! 
Next, we ordered the pizza! Topped in something that resembles pepperoni, this Woodfired pizza was crunchy, soft, cheesy, just the right amount of greasy, and really tasty. The crust was nice and bubbly thick, and thinner towards the middle. It was topped with some Asiago or super strong Parmesan, almost a bit too strong towards the end, but all the ingredients really complimented each other well. 
I also liked how they give you a large bottle of water so you can refill your own glasses with nice, cold water - something you need a lot of when you're in Utah! 

I definitely recommend this restaurant and if you have ever been, please feel free to comment below! 

Take care and happy eating! 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Tater Tot Horseshoe Sandwich

Horseshoes originated in my hometown of Springfield, IL. They're essentially made up of toast, a burger patty, french fries (I used tater tots!!!), and topped with cheese and tomatoes. They're super tasty, and really filling. 
* 1 Bag of Tater Tots (160z.) 
* 1/2 Lb Ground Beef (to make 2 patties)
* Add-Ins for burger - I used salt, chopped onion, and garlic powder. JalapeƱos also welcome!
* Organic Tomatoes to top 
* Bread for toast (1-2 pieces each)
Cheese Sauce Ingredients 
* 1/2 to 1 C. Farmers Cheese or other mild cheese
* 1 Tbsp corn starch
* 1 can evaporated milk
1.) Preheat oven and bake tatted tots as instructed.
2.) Heat grill, and grill burgers to desired done-ness.
3.) Begin your cheese sauce. In a medium sauce pot, heat all Cheese Sauce Ingredients until thoroughly combined. Season with salt and seasoned salt if desired. Stir Frequently.
4.) When everything is almost done, toast 2-4 pieces of toast.
Place 1-2 pieces of toast on plate, then add burger, tater tots, cheese sauce, and tomatoes!
Fun substitutions can be made by swapping out the burger and adding: Chicken, Bacon, Turkey, and more!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Rings

I have a real treat for you! The perfect mid-afternoon snack to eat on a snowy Sunday... 
Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Rings! They taste super good and are actually fun to create. 
It took a little bit of time, but they were easy none the less. 
* 4 - 5 Pineapple Rings (We bought a fresh pineapple that was packaged near the fruit coolers, and cut them into super thick slices). A Can of pineapple also works. 
* 10 slices (1 Package) of Thinly Sliced Bacon (I like Applegate Organic)
* Toothpicks or short skewer sticks.
* Metal Baking Rack - place into baking dish
*Shallow 9x13 Baking Dish

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees.
Open the package of bacon, and prepare/cut/or drain your pineapples.
Set out a decent amount of toothpicks into a shallow dish so they are easy to use.

Set one pineapple ring onto a cutting board or clean surface. Take the first slice of bacon, begin to wrap it around the pineapple, and continue with 1-2 more pieces of bacon per ring. Secure with toothpicks.

Now, place each Bacon Pineapple Ring onto the Baking Rack.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, on the top rack of the oven. You may need up to ten minutes more, depending on your oven. Make sure you do not burn them, and enjoy!