Fresh Tuna, Mozzarella, and Basil Pizza (Plus Some Make-Ups)

Happy Friday!  I actually got a French Fridays with Dorie recipe done on time this week!  Plus, I am including two make-up recipes; one that I made this week and one I made a couple of weeks ago.  After this week I only have one “catch-up” left for the year and I plan on hitting that one in the next couple weeks.  Let’s get started!

Fresh Tuna, Mozzarella, and Basil Pizza

Fresh Tuna, Mozzarella, and Basil Pizza

This was an interesting one, but I liked it!  It’s a little appetizer pizza with a puff pastry crust topped with fresh mozzarella, sauteed onions, barely-cooked fresh tuna, basil, tomatoes, olives, radishes, and ginger.

I inadvertently made one change:  I accidentally left off the sauteed onions, even though they were cooked and ready to go!  I also skipped the ginger because it just didn’t seem like it would go with the rest of the flavors.

My husband won’t eat raw fish, so I cooked his for an extra few minutes.  He liked the result, while I was happy with the mostly-raw tuna.

I am not sure I will make this again, but we liked the flavors and the idea of making little pizzas on puff pastry.  We liked the Tomato-Cheese Tartlets better, so we will probably stick with those in the future.

Duck Breasts with Fresh Peaches

Duck Breasts with Fresh Peaches

I actually had all the ingredients to make this one on time, but then my oven died so I had to postpone making it until it was back in working order.

This simple preparation of quickly cooked duck breasts in a sweet-savory sauce turns duck into a weeknight dish.  I love the meaty flavor of the duck paired with the sweet peach and sauce.

I only had one problem with this dish.  My duck breasts were much smaller than the ones Dorie recommends, so I overcooked mine a bit.

Floating Islands

Floating Islands

I was really looking forward to making this one!  Floating Islands are a quintessential French dessert.  The “islands” are meringue floating in a sea of Crème Anglaise.

It was fun learning a new technique for baking meringue.  I am used to individual meringues baked on a baking sheet.  This was baked in springform pan in a water bath.  The result is a soft, moist meringue rather than the drier ones I am used to.

The Crème Anglaise was heavenly!  And I loved the melt-in-your-mouth texture of the meringue.  I topped mine off with a drizzle of chocolate sauce and it was delicious!

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10 responses to “Fresh Tuna, Mozzarella, and Basil Pizza (Plus Some Make-Ups)

  1. Everything looks great, Karen. Good for you for only having one more to catch up on. I have several, but most of them aren’t appealing enough for me to want to make them just for completeness sake. I even skipped the make up week last month. Have a great weekend!

    • I should clarify that I only have one recipe left to be caught up for *this year*… I still have about 8 more from prior years to complete. You have a nice weekend too!

  2. Yours look beautiful… I didn’t saute anything. I didn’t see the point of cooking scallions? I loved the ginger it was the one ingredient that really made the dish special for me. I hope you’ll try it some time.

  3. Nice job! I ended up skipping so many of the main ingredients that I wonder if my dish even counts this week 🙂
    I think the floating islands may be my favorite dessert from this dish…

  4. Great week! Everything looks simply delicious – hope you enjoyed all the gourmet goodness from your kitchen!

  5. That’s a great catch-up, Karen! I loved the sauce for the duck… it goes really well with chicken too.

    I have most of the ingredients in the house to make the pizza, but somehow tuna and mozzarella don’t go together in my head… let alone with ginger!

  6. I have a few catch up recipes to get checked off too. In fact, the duck breast is still on my list. All of your recipes look delicious.

  7. trevorsisboom

    Great catch up post! I am in sore need of one too. And I now want more duck!

  8. triciaandnana

    Holy moly that is some “catch up”…which is exactly what I need to do too !! Seriously, you are inspiring me to revisit a few that I missed, including this pizza one. (I did get the veal done for this week 🙂 Great job – and those floating islands in particular look crazy good. Granted I have a sweet tooth but your presentation is perfect !! Tricia

  9. Karen, Nice catch up post! Those floating islands were a huge favorite in my house… a keeper for sure! I don’t do raw (or almost raw) fish so I substituted prosciutto…they were very good! We loved the duck…another keeper! Your dishes look wonderfully delicious!

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