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Start a new Thanksgiving tradition: Turkey, bacon, blue cheese & cranberry pizza

What’s one of the best parts about a Thanksgiving meal? The leftovers!  

Whether you’re cooking for 2 or 20, why not skip to the best part and go straight for our favourite next day dish:

Thanksgiving Wood-Fired Turkey, Bacon, Blue Cheese & Cranberry Pizza 

What do you need? (per pizza)
160g pizza dough
Olive oil to drizzle
Mozzarella
Blue cheese
1/2 small sprig of thyme
1 piece of turkey, cut into small pieces
Handful dried cranberries (or cranberry sauce)
1 rasher of bacon, diced

Method
1. Insert pizza stone & preheat Uuni for 10-15 minutes.
2. Preheat a sizzler pan for 1 minute and then put the bacon on to cook for a further minute
3. Flour the peel and begin to stretch the dough
4. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil to lightly cover the base and begin to add the turkey, cranberries, blue cheese and mozzarella pieces, ending with the cooked bacon. (If using cranberry sauce instead of dried cranberries, add to pizza once cooked)
6. Slide pizza into your Uuni and cook until perfect, adding a sprinkle of thyme when removing.
7. Eat, relax, repeat.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Turkey, Brie & Cranberry Pizza

Happy Thanksgiving to all our Uuni friends across the pond! Here’s an unusual new turkey recipe to get you in the mood for the celebrations on Thursday.

Recipe
Turkey fillets (chopped into strips) or diced turkey
Dried cranberries
Classic dough
Classic sauce
Handful of grated cheddar
Sliced brie
Olive oil

Method
First, light up your Uuni.
Pour some olive oil into a small tray or frying pan and place it in your Uuni for 30 seconds to heat through a little.
Now add the seasoned turkey pieces to the pan and place this in your Uuni. Keep a utensil at hand to move the meat around in the pan as it begins to cook through. Depending on the temperature of your Uuni this should take between 3-8 minutes. Remember that the turkey will get an extra couple of minutes cooking on the pizza too. So don’t allow it to go too brown yet. At this stage we just want it to be cooked through to give it a head start.
Once the turkey is cooked through and beginning to turn brown, remove from the heat and leave to one side.
Now prepare your pizza base, spreading your classic dough onto your pizza peel.
Add your classic sauce, cheddar, brie, fried turkey and dried cranberries.
Put the pizza in the Uuni and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.

Saying Thanks!

This weekend we had our 5th annual Thanksgiving meal here in London. (Thanksgiving is on 27th November this year). For us it’s a relatively new tradition, brought in by our good friend Kate who, although English, lived in Los Angeles from the age of 12.

Kate takes thanksgiving VERY seriously. Everyone brings a course or a dish and we have a collaborative ‘jamboree’ of awesome food. This year the lovely Claudia hosted.  We started with champagne.. (the Pilgrim’s favourite?;)  then goats cheese and smoked salmon blinis, moved on to turkey, mushroom, spinach and gruyere en croûte (for the veggies), honeyed carrots, pureed parsnip, roast potatoes, braised red cabbage. Dessert was pecan pie, salted caramel ice-cream. Followed by cheese, followed by Scottish tablet. All homemade, all brilliant. WOAH. Some serious eating.  It was delicious, let me tell you.

A big part of the evening is the much dreaded/ anticipated ‘thank yous’ we all do. (how you feel about them depends on how much you like public speaking.. which varies in our gang.)

I hadn’t prepared anything.. but once I got going I was ‘grateful’ for this part of the night too. It’s pretty grounding to take time and take stock of what you’re thankful of.

The evening was topped off by some stunning music from our friend Dar.  A highlight was his version of Lyle Lovett’s ‘Creeps Like Me’.

If you haven’t tried a Thanksgiving meal before.. I can whole heartedly recommend it. Food, Friends, Family, Music, Thanks. It’s all good. Kate has written this morning suggesting we find more reasons to have similar meals..Here’s my pick of her important days to celebrate…

May 23: World Turtle Day
August 8: Universal & International Infinity Day (the dinner party that never ends?)
August 13: International Lefthanders Day (Kristian from the team is a proud ‘leftie’.
September 19: Talk Like a Pirate Day
Ah harrr! I’m in.
Let us know what you guys get up to this Thanksgiving!

Simple Homemade Stuffing

This Friday it’s ‘Stuffing Day’ – what will they think of next? But seriously, for all you American Uuni chefs out there – this is the perfect excuse to practice some homemade stuffing ready for Thanksgiving next week!

Recipe
1 red onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 tbsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp dried cranberries
1 tbsp fresh sage, finely chopped
80g fresh breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper to season
1 egg, beaten

Method
First, light up your Uuni.
Next, put your vegetable oil into a small tray and and put it inside the heating up Uuni.
Once the oil has heated up, remove the tray and add your finely chopped onion to the oil to sweat. You can switch between keeping the onion inside the Uuni, or placing it on top of it. It all depends on how fast the Uuni is heating up for you. Let the onion soften but don’t allow it to go brown.
Remove from the heat and stir in the sage, cranberries and breadcrumbs. Season generously with salt and pepper.
Next, slowly add as much of the beaten egg as you need to bind the mixture. Don’t worry if you don’t need it all.
Roll into balls and put into the hot Uuni for 2 minutes, or until they look lovely and brown – just like ours!