Thursday, November 11, 2010

TJ's Basil Ciabatta Flat bread Guacamole Pizza

Sunday night, around 8:00 PM. We eat dinner around 2:00 in keeping with Ambrosino family tradition. I remember coming home from 12:30 Mass and lying on the living room floor with the Sunday funnies while Mom put the finishing touches on dinner-usually pasta with meatballs, sausages or a variety of other meats depending on her budget, followed by salad and fruit. If we had company, Dad would make an antipasti and there might be a coffee ring from our neighborhood German bakery for later. So, not much room for anything else except maybe cold cut sandwiches later in the day. Neeta and I don't eat that much for dinner usually, so at 8:00 we were both hungry again. I asked her what she "felt like", and got the usual reply,"Anything". Grrrr!

A trip to the kitchen turned up a not so ripe avocado, garlic, the ciabatta flat bread from Trader Joe's , a tiny bit (about 4 TBS) of tomato sauce, three of those small golf ball size tomatoes, a jalapeno pepper and a wedge of fontina cheese. The photo shows the "pizza" before going into a preheated 425 degree oven. Assembling it was easy, brush the edges with olive oil, spread the tomato sauce and garlic, add the sliced avocado, the jalapeno, tomato slices, and cheese. The only caveat I would add is to try and keep the avocado slices covered with the other ingredients as the hot oven can discolor the edges. I put the ciabatta which is already cooked in the oven just long enough for the cheese to melt (about 6 minutes). The result was actually quite good, not really guacamole but very tasty none the less. Try it!


  1. That sounds delicious! How did your tomatoes do this year?

  2. As a result of the Great Drought of 2010, Farmer Joe produced two green tomatoes at a cost of approximately $30 each.No one told me that the containers would be wet on the bottom, but bone dry where the roots were!

  3. Hi Joe! how are you? it's been a long time, but it's always a pleasure to come and visit your blog. Never tried the avocado on flat bread, sounds good..
    Ciao, Anna.

  4. Only you could come up with this combination :-). I must admit it sounds really, really good. Have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary