The premiere of Sex and the City 2 is little more than a week away, and I don't know about you, but I'm excited! So much so that I've decided to invite my girlfriends over for nibbles before we go see the film. Since a couple of friends are pescaterians and we'll probably splurge on snacks at the theater, I'm keeping the menu light, finger-friendly, and meat-free. To start, there's mushroom pizzas with goat cheese; they're so delicious nobody will be able to have just one slice.
Spicy tuna tartare is irresistible and elegant offered on waffle-cut potato chips, while classic Caesar salad turns into an instant appetizer when scooped into endive spears. These uncomplicated recipes are after the break, but if you prefer a menu of bites inspired by episodes of the show, you'll find them here. Otherwise, keep reading for the pizza, tartare, and salad recipes.
Dough Makes two 10-inch pizzas. 1 tablespoon mayonnaise Serves 12. 2 cups 1/4-inch-diced white bread Makes 5 dozen spears.
2 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour or bread flour
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour or bread flour
3 tablespoons vital wheat gluten flour or bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water (105°F to 115°F)
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Additional unbleached all purpose flour (for kneading and shaping)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus additional for brushing
6 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, thinly sliced
6 ounces fresh chanterelle mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 cup (packed) coarsely grated whole-milk mozzarella cheese
2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
6 ounces chilled soft fresh goat cheese, coarsely crumbled
2 tablespoons sliced fresh chives
3/4 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon Sriracha (Asian chili sauce)
8 ounces fresh tuna, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh chives, plus 1-inch pieces for garnish
Gaufrettes or waffle-cut potato chips, for serving
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
3 anchovy fillets, mashed
1 small garlic clove, smashed
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for garnish
7 Belgian endives
Makes two 10-inch pizzas.
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 cups 1/4-inch-diced white bread
Makes 5 dozen spears.