Surfing the wave of mash-up mania that brought the world the Cronut™ and ramen burger, we decided to beat winter by partnering with our brilliant culinary team in Food Network Kitchen to come up with THE most comforting comfort food. Together with Cooking Channel, we’ve mashed up some classics to create all-new recipes that deliver double the comfort. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be revealing the ways we mixed and remixed some of our favorite dishes, with one recipe appearing on Food Network and another on Cooking Channel.
First up: two Italian-American classics, pizza and Caesar salad. We already know that these dishes complement each other — often they’re eaten together in the same meal, perhaps at a favorite neighborhood red-sauce joint. Why not embrace their cheesy, creamy, crunchy, garlicky qualities all in one dish?
Food Network’s take on this mash-up starts with a tomato pie made with garlic-laced pizza dough that nails the flavor of Caesar-style croutons. While baking in the oven, the sliced beefsteak tomatoes on top take on the umami-rich notes of a great, slow-cooked marinara sauce, and a healthy dose of grated Parmesan cheese melts over top. The pie is finished with leaves of crisp, Caesar-dressed romaine and plenty more cheese.
Stay tuned next Monday for more remixed mash-ups, and check out all of Food Network’s best comfort food recipes.