Guess what happened today? The first snowstorm of the season hit! I have a love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with winter. I really do love the first snowfall. The anticipation of waking up to a fluffy white layer covering your lawn, the excuse to cuddle up in your blankets a little longer, and the comforting sip of coffee while watching the flakes come down. It all gives me the warm and fuzzies.
But then you venture outside and reality hits. Your nose hairs freeze, your fingers and toes tingle, you can see your breath, and the driving… My commute to work included all the joys of MN winter driving complete with unplowed roads, getting stuck behind the overly cautious driver going 10 mph on the freeway, practically getting swiped off the freeway by the pickup truck showing off his 4 wheel drive, and the grand finale: sliding sideways into the curb as I entered my workplace parking lot, nearly missing the yield sign. Yay winter!!! Only 5 more months of this greatness.
Moving along. Onto yummier things…
Let’s go back to sunnier times when we were coming off summer and anticipating fall. This recipe fits that situation perfectly. BBQ anything screams summer to me. Apples scream fall. Let’s combine them and make one heck of a pizza. With apple season nearing its end, this is a unique way to use up your apples. The chopped apples add a delightful pop of juicy, tangy sweetness to the nutty cheese and savory BBQ pork. Here we go again with the sweet and savory. I just can’t get enough of it!
One more thing. This recipe calls for pulled pork. I’m about to give you the easiest pulled pork recipe of your life:
- Buy your fave cut of pork (I usually do lean boneless pork ribs)
- Place it in the crock pot
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper and your fave seasonings (suggestions: garlic powder, onion powder, Lawry’s, chili powder, etc)
- Add in a can of chicken or vegetable broth
- Set it (desired cooking time) and forget it
- Shred (or pull?) the pork
Nab 4 oz of the pork for this recipe and use the rest for tacos, sammies, nachos…The possibilities are endless!
While the cold sets in, enjoy this savory apple recipe and may it serve as a reminder that winter doesn’t last forever.
- 2 lavash flatbreads (I used Joseph’s brand )
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 onion, thinly sliced into rings
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Dash of salt and pepper
- 3 small (or 2 medium) apples, chopped
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 4 ounces pulled pork (see recipe above)
- 4 tablespoons BBQ sauce, divided (I used Ken Davis brand)
- 2 tsp maple syrup, divided
- 1 ounce shredded gouda cheese (or your fave kind)
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- Heat oven to 350. Place lavashes on lined baking sheets. You may need to use 2 baking sheets. Bake in oven until lavash is golden brown and crispy (About 5-6 minutes). Keep your eye on the lavash as it’s really easy to burn them!
- Heat oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic to the pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook onions about 4 minutes until soft and translucent. Add apples and vinegar to the pan and sauté for another 3 minutes. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine pork and 2 tbs of BBQ sauce and 1 tsp maple syrup. Set aside. Spread half of the apple and onion mixture over each lavash. Do the same with the pork and shredded cheese.
- Bake in the oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted to your liking. Drizzle pizzas with remaining BBQ sauce and maple syrup. Sprinkle with cilantro.
Serving size: 1 pizza
Nutrition Information (per serving) from Caloriecount.about.com
Calories: Fat: 12.3g Carb: 64.2g Fiber: 11.8g Protein: 29.1g Sugar 37.6g Sodium: 1051mg
Weight Watchers Points (calculated on member website)
WW: 11 Points Plus