Kosher dairy food with a contemporary touch — paninis and wraps, sushi, walnut- encrusted salmon. These are the dishes that have attracted customers to Tastebuds, Sarah Lasry’s Lakewood, New Jersey, café, and Lasry has collected eighty of the most popular in this handsomely illustrated collection. Ingredients are familiar, and most of the dishes can be created quickly. Lasry also adds some of her personal hints. But a note to the cook: the recipes do not follow a conventional format and occasionally rely on some of the cook’s kitchen knowledge. Index.
Recipe: Low-Cal Pizza
Because of our all natural, vegetarian- like menu, we have many health conscious customers at Tastebuds who request a lot of whole wheat options. Our foccacia pizzas are so popular that those who are watching their white flour intake were feeling left out. So this low-cal pizza was created, using a flat whole wheat wrap as the base of the pizza. It now practically outsells our foccacia pizza regularly. It is Tastebuds’ version of a thin crust pizza.
Makes 1 Serving
12-inch whole wheat wrap
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 cup spinach
1/4 cup tomatoes
1/2 cup red onions, diced
1/4 cup broccoli
1/4 cup black olives, chopped
2 oz. cheddar cheese
2 oz. mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
oregano, basil & salt for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
On a large baking tray, lay the wrap flat. Spread the garlic all over the wrap. Add the tomato sauce spreading from the center of the wrap out. Lay out the spinach evenly on top of tomato sauce and top with the tomatoes, red onions, broccoli and black olives. Sprinkle with cheddar and mozzarella cheese, covering the vegetables. Drizzle with olive oil and season with oregano, basil, and salt. Bake for about 10 minutes or until broccoli has become soft. Serve hot.
**Substitute any vegetable for your favorite kind. The idea is to have the pizza loaded with low-cal green vegetables to make it as filling and as tasty as possible.
The Dairy Gourmet: Secret Recipes from Tastebuds by Sarah Lasry (Israel Book Shop; 2006; $34.95)
Maron L. Waxman, retired editorial director, special projects, at the American Museum of Natural History, was also an editorial director at HarperCollins and Book-of-the-Month Club.