Flatbread Pizza as seen on George Hirsch Lifestyle

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Potato Flatbread Pizza as seen on George Hirsch Lifestyle

When it comes to making any type of flatbread pizza let imagination and the season rule your toppings. I love a caprese style pizza when there is an abundance of vine ripe tomatoes. My white flatbread pizza is also a crowd pleaser with its warming crunchy toppings.

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Potato Flatbread Pizza as seen on George Hirsch Lifestyle

Potato Flatbread Pizza

Makes four servings

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For the Pizza Dough Recipe

For the toppings:

Baby Yukon Potatoes, sliced thin

Cipollini Onions, sliced thin 

Feta, crumbled

Calamata Olives, pitted and sliced

Drizzle top with olive oil before baking. 

425 degree F. oven 5-7 minutes

Mix Dough and place in a bowl lightly coated with olive oil. Cover loosely with a towel or plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator overnight. 

Next day, pre heat *oven to 475 degrees F. 

Stretch out dough to a rectangular shape and cut into two pieces. Sprinkle a teaspoon of fine grind corn meal on the surface of a heavy gauge pizza pan or sheet pan. Place the two pieces of dough on the top of corn meal. Brush top lightly with olive oil. 

Place toppings in this order on dough; potatoes, onions, feta, olives and olive oil. Sprinkle slightly with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper. 

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until pizza flatbread crusts are fully baked. You can check for doneness by tapping on the edge of the dough with your finger. It will have a hollow sound when done. 

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Caprese Flatbread Pizza as seen on George Hirsch Lifestyle

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a vintage classic, Grilled Cheese Sandwich

While out pickin for a one of a kind vintage classic I hunt with no particular item in mind. Just let what I stumble on find its way home. Amazing what will fall into your path. As below with my new ahem..vintage juice press! Juice ON!

Cooking bread and cheese is an ancient food prepared by many cultures; the U.S. version of the grilled cheese sandwich originated in the 1920s when inexpensive bread and cheese became available. A vintage staple easily prepared and enjoyed today in most households.

Grilled Cheese Sandwhich, aka A Classic Good Time Sandwich

Is it really really grilled? No, more like griddled. Although I've grilled this toastie before, for todays purpose this sandwich sizzles on the griddle playing a staring roll on GHL TV episode titled Vintage Classics.

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The recipe is simple, fresh farm house white pullman bread, sliced and brushed with melted butter, sharp farm house cheddar, and cured French ham all toasted on the griddle until the cheese begins to melt. The result ia a cheesy goodness that can be enjoyed any time of day. Today, mini grilled cheese toasties are even being served during cocktail parties as hors d'oeuvres.

The benefit of this recipe is there is no one right or wrong way. Change up the bread, the fillings, or expose your fillings as on open face sandwich and toast it up! 

TIP: Butter the bread on the outside when assembling the sandwich before placing on griddle or sauté pan for toastie crisp goodness.   

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for Gameday, Grilled Schweinefilet Sandwich

enjoy GHL six times weekly beginning Tuesday Feb 2nd on Create TV

Gameday, just wouldn't be the same without some slow cooked version of pork; however here's a quick version if you don't have the time.

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Grilled Schweinefilet Sandwich

Makes four Sandwiches 

chefgeorgehirsch.com | Adapted from Adventures in Grilling cookbook

1 1/2 pounds pork loin cutlets, trimmed

Juice of two lemons

2 Tablespoons olive oil

2 Tablespoons honey

2 Tablespoons ketchup

6 cloves caramelized garlic

2 teaspoons sweet paprika

1 teaspoon each: chili powder, dried rosemary, dried thyme, sea salt

Fresh ground pepper, to taste

Place the cutlets between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound thin with a meat pounder or the bottom of a heavy skillet. Combine the lemon juice, olive oil, honey, ketchup, caramelized garlic, paprika, chili powder, rosemary, thyme, sea salt and pepper in a small bowl and mix well. Add the pork cutlets and refrigerate for one hour, turning the meat occasionally.

Pre heat the grill to high. 

Remove the meat from the marinade and grill for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, basting occasionally with the remaining marinade. Remove meat from the grill and allow meat to rest 2-3 minutes. Serve on favorite breads such as ciabatta, kaiser roll, baguette,  focaccia, or sliders.

Optional Fillings for Sandwich: Grilled peppers, sliced tomatoes, pickles, arugula, micro-greens, or  Top with Dill Sauce or favorite dressing.

Optional Side: Savory Slaw Recipe

For the Dill Sauce: Mix 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard, juice from one fresh lemon, 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill, 1 Tablespoon caper, 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, and fresh ground black pepper.

TIP: Pork can be safely cooked to medium rare at a final internal temperature of 145 degrees F, as measured by a food thermometer, followed by a three minute rest time. NOTE: Ground pork, like all ground meats, should be cooked to 160 degrees F.

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Hot Brown

GHL  on location Montauk, NY

GHL on location Montauk, NY

A Hot Brown is a hot sandwich originally created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, by Fred K. Schmidt in 1926. It was one of two signature sandwiches created by chefs at the Brown Hotel shortly after its founding in 1923. The Brown Hotel is a grand property, of distinctive English Renaissance design and is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

According to The Hot Brown 86 year legend, "In the 1920's, The Brown Hotel drew over 1,200 guests each evening for its dinner dance. In the wee hours of the morning, the guests would grow tired of dancing and retire to the restaurant for a bite to eat. Diners were growing rapidly bored with the traditional ham and eggs, so Chef Fred Schmidt set out to create something new to tempt his guests' palates. His unique creation was an open-faced turkey sandwich with bacon and a delicate Mornay sauce." 

The dish is a local specialty and favorite of the Louisville area, and is popular throughout Kentucky. Think fondue-like aka Welsh Rarebit only more of a pub-ish lunch; ideal and comforting during cold weather. The Hot Brown is an open-faced sandwich w/ turkey and or bacon, covered in Mornay sauce and baked or broiled until the bread is crisp and the sauce begins to brown. Other varieties of Hot Browns may include ham with the turkey, and either pimentos or tomatoes over the sauce. 


Making The Sauce

A béchamel or white sauce can be spiced up with a pinch of cayenne pepper, or hot sauce, 1/2 cup IPA (or another good ale), 1 teaspoon prepared English mustard, and pinch of paprika.

Finish the sauce off with 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese. Whisk in and simmer just until the cheese is melted. Serve a couple tablespoons of sauce over a slice of good wheat toast. Serve as is, or you may want to place the 'Hot Brown' under a broiler for 30 seconds to brown lightly. Top with chopped chives or green onion. I've also topped this with a slice of good ripe tomato + sweet onion. Enjoy.

A Light Béchamel Recipe

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1 Tablespoon sweet butter

1 Tablespoon flour

1/2 cup half & half (can use milk for a lighter version) 

In a small sauce pan over low heat add butter and flour and cook for 2-3 minutes. With a wire whisk add in milk and allow to simmer until slightly thickened.

If using béchamel for Hot Brown, continue adding ingredients as above and simmer for 5 minutes while continuing to stir. 

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Gone Fishing

Tune-in GHL 7:30AM + 1:30PM Tuesdays and Thursdays on Create TV

Home By The Sea
Today on Create TV George stirs the pot with his expert tips, preparing Seafood Chowder along with his spin on Shrimp Salad- a classic fish house dish; and tops it off with his signature Apple Berry Rhubarb Pie. George takes in some surf casting in Montauk, and shares the beauty of the East End waters for picturesque fishing. Clams and sunshine—an ideal combo for a pit-stop at a traditional clam bar. 

George Hirsch Lifestyle Fishing Montauk
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