This Thirsty Thursday is a special one – the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions, the Boston Bruins are playing their first playoff game of the 2012 season in Boston against the Washington Capitals (no need to hyperlink the competition)! Can they do it again? I sure think so!
Dave is a ginormous bruins fan – I think his first words may have been Cam Neely – or maybe 2nd and 3rd words. So last year was really special for he and his family, and me being a fan-by-marriage (or dating at that point). There’s nothing greater than seeing a person relish in such joy for a team that they’ve loved and stuck by for years and years of disappointing losing seasons.
So tonight, while Dave was at his hockey game, I cheered the Bruins on from the couch (obviously flipping back and forth to Real Housewives during intermission). For kicks, I googled “Boston Bruin Cocktails” and found an article from last June in Boston.com and it featured a bunch of restaurants and bars throughout the city that were celebrating the Stanley Cup win with special cocktails honoring the Bruins. The “Stanley Cup”, featured at Met Back Bay looked particularly interesting to me – and while it listed the ingredients that it consisted of, it did not give the ratio of each, so I was on my own to produce the perfect libation.
And what better to serve with a manly cocktail? A manly pizza! We LOOOOVE making pizza – it’s a once a week meal (sometimes twice) and while we’re usually pretty boring with our selections, tonight I really wanted to shake it up, so I decided that Mexican pizza was going to be the flavor of the night.
Oooh. I want these right now….
Boston Bruins ‘Stanley Cup’
1.5 oz (1 shot) Vodka
3 oz. (2 shots) White Cranberry Juice
1.5 oz (1 shot) Domaine de Canton (ginger liquor)
Juice of 1 lime
1) Add vodka, white cranberry juice, Domaine de Canton and juice of 1 lime to a cocktail shaker with a couple of ice cubes. Shake for about a minute, until foamy.
2) Serve in a chilled glass (perhaps a manly pint glass vs. a girly martini glass).
1 Ball of pizza dough (HIGHLY recommend this kind – it makes a delicious pizza)
1 cup of pizza sauce
2 cups of black beans
1 cup corn
1 lb 99% fat free chicken tenders
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
juice of 1 lime
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 cups (or so) pizza cheese (mexican blend recommended)
1) Preheat oven to 500 degrees
2) Roll out pizza dough and place on pizza stone (*note – if you don’t have a pizza stone, GET ONE – it will change your life – or maybe just your pizza)
3) Take 1 cup pizza sauce and 1 cup of black beans and puree in a food processor til’ combined. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
4) Chop chicken tenders into small pieces (1/2″-1″) and cook over medium heat in a sauce pan with minced garlic until cooked through.
5) To the cooked chicken, add the other cup of black beans, cup of corn, cumin, chili powder, and juice of 1 lime. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until all the spices have combined (about 5 minutes or so).
6) Spread the pizza sauce over the dough. Then add the chicken/black bean/corn mixture to the top of the sauce. The sprinkle the cheese over the top.
7) Cook for about 10 minutes or until you’ve reached desired level of golden-bubbliness.
Even though I had to indulge in this meal alone, it was so delicious. The Stanley Cup is a light and refreshing drink, reminiscent of a cosmo, but the Domaine de Canton gives it a little more zip – and you know I love zip! And the Mexican Pizza, while I am not a horn tooter – SO GOOD! Like a delicious taco on a pizza. The mixture of the black beans with the pizza sauce just really punches up the flavor of a plain old pizza sauce and mixes so well with the other ingredients.
Dave prides himself on being ‘better’ at making pizza then me, and when he got home at midnight for his hockey game and shoveled 2 pieces down, I felt like I had done him proud
So cheers to pizza, the ‘stanley cup’ and to the Bruins who won 1-0 in overtime! Wooooo!