This weekend I had an encounter with the holiest of marriages in my personal food Bible: pizza and ice cream.
Such encounters are not necessarily infrequent…but they are to be celebrated nonetheless—something I do too little of on the blog.
The pizza of choice this time was a small Bel Paese on whole wheat crust from Monty Q’s. Toppings include fresh mozzarella, goat cheese, fresh plum tomato sauce and pesto.
I know, it’s like it couldn’t possibly exist outside of your wildest dreams, right? Trust me, in New York City, it can.
Sorry for the hole in the picture—a bite flew into my mouth before I could even reach for the camera. New York pizza, like New Yorkers themselves, can get a little pushy at times.
For dessert, however, I thought I’d try a semi-homemade recreation of one of my favorite ice cream treats: Dairy Queen’s Blizzard. Sadly, there appear to be no Dairy Queens in the five boroughs (or at least the two that I travel between daily…), so I decided to put some faith in my own blender and give it a whirl myself. (<— Sad pun.)
I found some new-to-me ice cream, which seemed too good to be true at 150 calories per pint (my “FRANKENFOOD!” alarm instantly went off upon spotting it), but after a scan of the ingredients,
I found nothing I didn’t recognize, so I figured why not? The flavor appealed to me very much.
And at first taste, I was quite pleasantly surprised! I mean, no, this is no substitute for real ice cream, but in a Tasti D-Lite kind of way, Arctic Zero is totally acceptable.
Still, at only 150 calories for the WHOLE PINT, I felt like it was challenging me to make it more decadent.
So I did.
- 1 pint ice cream, softened at room temperature for
10-15 minutes (I used Arctic Zero Vanilla Maple)
- 4 oz milk (more or less, depending on how thick you like your Blizzard. I used So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk)
- 1/2 cup mix-ins (or more! I used TJ’s Maple Pecan granola)
- Additional toppings, if desired (I added a Sutter’s Formula Soft Molasses cookie from TJ’s [unreal!])
- Combine ice cream and milk in a blender and blend smooth.
- Add mix-ins and pulse once or twice to incorporate.
- Serve and add any additional toppings.
Serves 1 Diana or up to 4 normal people
My Blizzard itch has most definitely been scratched. [Contented sigh]
What two foods go together like pizza and ice cream for you?