Today’s Paltry Pantry is with the wonderful Michael Brown, AKA @boyinquestion. In case you haven’t heard of Michael, he’s the sweetest, and most wonderful, and most entertaining, and funniest so please follow him NOW – you won’t regret it. I mean, just watch this reel of him. Seriously, he is one of my favorite feeds on social and always makes me laugh:
Out of Michael’s “Paltry Pantry” we pulled a beautiful flatbread pizza with mozzarella and goat cheese. It took just 20 minutes to make. To back track for just moment, you may be wondering: Wait, what is Paltry Pantry? Answer: It’s my new Impatient Foodie FB Live show that is inspired by Stephen Baldwin’s cameo in the classic 1998 movie, Half Baked. Remember?! Baldwin the guy that can make a bong out of anything!
Stephen Baldwin might be able to make a bong out of anything, but I can make a meal out of anything, even the paltriest of pantries! The goal of this new FB Live show is to prove that all that food and spice stuff that’s in your pantry, gathering dust and feeling sad, can be whipped up into a delicious, wholesome meal in 30 minutes or less (preferably less).
So I got to Michael Brown’s apartment in Bed Stuy and had no idea what to expect…cause, as some of you may already know, I show up to these Paltry Pantry locations TOTALLY BLIND. There is no pre-vetting, no kitchen or pantry scouting, no pre-planning, no nothing! I literally just show up, see what people have in their pantries and fridges, and figure out how to make a meal. Michael had some pretty random stuff scattered about (like Fig Butter…?), but he also had the perfect ingredients to make a homemade pizza: One remaining piece of flatbread, half an empty container of cherry tomatoes, shredded mozzarella, half a container of goat cheese, olive oil, and little herbs growing on his window sill. I moved so quickly I didn’t realize that the goat cheese was actually honey goat cheese, which at first got me into a bit of a panic (LESSON #1: Always read your food/ingredient containers), but luckily turned out to be delicious! (LESSON #2: Sometimes cooking accidents yield excellent and creative results!) Watch as Michael and I make our pizza and talk about moms, why it’s totally OK to cry in the street, and which headphone companies are literally THE WORST (which was also, incidentally, the subject of my morning Instagram story this morning).
Flatbread Pizza with Mozzarella & Goat Cheese
1 piece of flatbread
extra virgin olive oil
1/2 – 1 cup of cherry tomatoes
1 cup of raw spinach leaves
1 Tablespoon of goat cheese, crumbled
Fresh basil and parsley, minced, for garnish (optional)
- Set the oven to 350F. Place tinfoil on a baking sheet and drizzle with a little olive oil. Use your fingers or a paper towel to spread the olive oil evenly. Place the flatbread on the oiled surface and put in the oven for 10 minutes. Set a timer.
- Meanwhile, wash and thinly slice the cherry tomatoes and set aside. Sauté the spinach in a small skillet with a 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil until it is wilted, about 2-3 minutes.
- Remove the flatbread from the oven and sprinkle a layer of shredded mozzarella, followed by the cherry tomatoes, and spinach (spread it out evenly), and top with the crumbled goat cheese distributed evenly. Top with a pinch of salt.
- Place in the oven for about 10-12 minutes, until cheese is completely melted.
- Top with your fresh minced herbs and enjoy.