Do you often hear or ask the question, “What’s for dinner Mom?” Every day for a week I am inviting you into my kitchen to show you that Norwegian cooking is not so foreign at all. There is a good reason for doing this, and that is to prove to my two children in the states that I have no intention of poisoning them when they come to visit this summer. A small culture shock may be in order but I will leave that to the rest of the family. Or maybe not, since I have serious doubts as to whether they even read my blog, they might just be in for a big surprise.
It is Friday and as in most Fridays it is Pizza night! This has been a tradition in my home ever since the children were big enough to sit on regular chairs. When I first came to Norway in 1984, pizza was a relatively new thing to make its way into the frozen foods dept., and there were only a handful of pizza restaurants. Today frozen pizza is a number one seller, but not in my house unless I am in a very bad mood or extremely stressed for time. Even then, I spice it up with whatever is in the fridge.
Some of you have been asking me to post recipes. The truth is that I do not follow them, cooking like most things in my life, is done by the seat of my pants. I can tell you what to do and how to do it but measurements are foreign to me. Short cuts in the kitchen are my best friends, imagination is my best tool, and leftovers are visitors that never stay long in the fridge. My Norwegian Pizza depends on what I have and what I want to get rid of. Almost anything works, but sorry if you were expecting fish. I have tried that and it was terrible! My advice is to stay away from fish on your pizza.
Pizza crust takes too much time and is messy so I buy that finished. Here is what I found for my Norwegian Pizza today: Leftover spaghetti sauce with tiny meatballs (great to spread on the crust), Spekeshinke (cured ham), pepperoni, extra garlic and onions, tiny tomatoes, Mozzarella, Parmesan and Cheddar cheese. We like a lot of cheese in this house so I make two layers, one under the meat and one over to keep the meat in place. Sprinkle a good Italian seasoning on top and in the oven it goes for as long as it takes, usually about 20 minutes.
It won’t take long now before at least one of my kids will be coming through the door looking for Moms Norwegian pizza. Guaranteed, there will be no leftovers. What’s for dinner tomorrow? I have no idea.
So what kind of pizza do you like?