After John and I got married, we went to St. Michaels, MD for a quick little “mini-moon.” If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it basically means that two newlyweds are too broke/out of PTO time to go on a full honeymoon, so they take a quick getaway and postpone the real deal. 😉
In all seriousness though, we had an amazing time in St. Michaels. For any of our local readers, its a fantastic place to go for a weekend. It’s such a cute little town, and the food. is. amazing. (Also, don’t feel too sorry for our newlywed brokenness. We finally did book our real honeymoon, and we set sail on a cruise this October. I can’t wait!:) )
I’m sharing a quick little appetizer recipe with you today based on a meal we had in St. Michael’s. If you’re ever there, you simply must try Ava’s Pizzeria. Everything there is fantastic, and they have this incredible outdoor patio that is so beautiful. We had the chef’s special pizza per our waiter’s recommendation and it was to die for. So much so, that I’ve attempted to recreate it at home and gotten many family members hooked on it. Today, I’ve lightened it up and turned it into a quick appetizer that will make all your guests think you’re fancy and fabulous. 😉
- Flatout pizza flatbread
- low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese
- balsamic drizzle
drizzle your flatbread with EVOO. Sprinkle the desired amount of mozzarella on top. Rip your prosciutto into shreds and place on top of your cheese. Bake at 350 until flatbread edges look crispy and cheese is melted. Depending on your oven, you may want to bake your prosciutto shreds by themselves for a few minutes. The flatbread cooks quickly, and you don’t want to burn it. The prosciutto takes a little longer to bake. Once you remove your pizza from the oven, top with fresh arugula and drizzle Balsamic glaze.
Voila! A delicious and slightly pretentious appetizer or meal for yourself! You can also do variations of this pizza with fig preserves spread as a sauce, but that will make it a bit higher calorie. If you ever do take my advice and go to Ava’s, make sure you order the beignets for dessert with chocolate sauce, cuz #balance. 😉 The chef is originally from New Orleans, and those things are perfection. They also have a sommelier who will pair your pizza with a local wine, and he did an excellent job with us! We liked this restaurant so much, we suggested taking my mom there for her birthday this year and everyone loved it as much as we did. So, you can take my word for it. 😉
Pics of Ava’s from our mini moon! Such a hidden treasure!
Side by side of their pizza and mine. Yes, theirs looks better, but I promise mine was delicious as well. 😉 And it has about 1/3 the calories. #winning If you’re there though, you gotta have the real deal. It’s worth the extra squats, I promise. 🙂