Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday NIghts In

Friday nights are a favorite night of the week in our house, I'm sure we're not alone here.  We do Friday nights in around here, and we almost always order up a bunch of goodies from the pizzeria, have a few cocktails and watch a movie.  Pretty classic, but we like it that way.
This week I'm switching it up though (yesterday we crammed way to many things into our schedule and ended up ordering Friday's dinner last night...).
The cocktail: a cucumber gin "mojito".  I've heard this called an English Mojito, as it is based on the Cuban mojito but uses gin instead of the more commonly used rum.
  • 2 oz gin (I had it with Hendricks), 
  • 2 spoons sugar
  • 5 lime wedges
  • 6-8 mint leaves
  •  3 slices of cucumbers
  •  splash of club soda
Recipe: Peel cucumber. Muddle mint, limes, cucumber, sugar. add gin. Fill glass with crushed ice, stir, add a splah of club soda if you like it fizzy. Garnish with cucumber peel and mint leaf.
Drink it...carefully.  This stuff is so refreshing it literally goes down like water :P YUM.

Dinner: Homemade basil, prosciutto, and mozzarella pizza.

Sauce: (or you can save time with a simple canned marinara)
  • 1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 large basil leaves, shredded
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • fresh mozzarella, sliced (quantity up to your preference- I had around 12 slices)
  • 4 large basil leaves, shredded
  • 2 slices prosciutto, chopped into smaller pieces
Directions: I use a store bought crust: dough and I aren't really friends.  Ladle the sauce over the crust, top with prosciutto, basil leaves, and mozzarella.  Bake at 350 until the crust edges are golden and the cheese is all melty.

Can't wait to enjoy this with my favorite Friday night date.

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