I love the challenge of trying to recreate a delicious restaurant meal. Though I haven’t written about it yet for some reason, Fire Works in Courthouse is one of our favorite local restaurants! The pizza is very good, and I generally enjoy the appetizers and wine as well. Their best pizzas, in my opinion, are The Fire Cracker, The Smokey Blue, The R.T., and The Margherita. The Garlic Dough-Knots are usually a crowd hit for an appetizer. I just love the place, because it’s loud, hip, and appeals to everyone.
Back to the challenge I posed to myself, here is a picture of a Smokey Blue slice from Fire Works.
The Smokey Blue Pizza includes: Gorgonzola, Onions, Bacon, Tomato Sauce, Rosemary, and a Balsamic Glaze. I forgot the rosemary, but that’s okay. Using my favorite garlic-herb pizza dough from Trader Joe’s, I pre-baked the crust a bit, then baked it some more with the tomato sauce and sautéed onions. Meanwhile, I cooked the bacon in the microwave and boiled a LOT of balsamic vinegar in order to reduce it. Unfortunately, I picked up creamy gorgonzola (instead of the more crumbly kind), which made it difficult to take apart into pieces. I pulled out the pizza (cooked almost all the way), added the gorgonzola and bacon, and stuck it all in the oven for a minute. Then, right before serving, I dripped over the balsamic glaze! Ta-da!
Chris and I also decided it was a special occasion, so we got out a bottle of 2007 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. It’s an expensive wine that I’ve always wanted to try, and finally had my chance when LivingSocial ran a “pay $25, get $50″ deal with Wine.com recently! Hooray! We enjoyed the wine a lot. It was velvety, with dark fruit and licorice notes. Chris kept commenting on how strongly it smelled, so I taught him about saying the “nose” or “bouquet” when you want to use legit wine terms.
A GREAT pairing! I always get nervous when I try to find food to go with nice wines, but it was lovely. I will say, in hindsight, that it was a little silly to recreate a pizza from Fire Works. After all, I had to travel further to get all the ingredients than the distance to actually walk to the place itself! I probably didn’t save money either. BUT it was an experience, and I’m glad I tried out making a balsamic vinegar reduction for the first time. What else can I use that stuff for? Maybe on steak? It’s SO good!