Seinfeld is on at 6:00 and 6:30 where I live, and I often have it on in the background while I’m getting dinner ready. As plenty of other people have noticed, Seinfeld — while still outstanding — just gets more and more dated every year. More than half of Seinfeld’s plotlines could be resolved in about five seconds with a cell phone. We can’t find each other in the movie theater! CELL PHONE. We waited forever to get a table at a restaurant then left right before they called us! CELL PHONE. We lost JFK’s golf clubs in a high-speed mail truck chase! CELL…actually that one’s a little trickier. Maybe with the iPhone 6.
Like I said, I am not the only person to notice this about Seinfeld. In fact, someone far cleverer than me came up with a twitter feed called @SeinfeldToday, where they tweet pitches for Seinfeld episodes set in modern day. One of my favorites:
“George thinks his GF is faking a gluten-intolerance, feeds her real cookies, sending her to the ER. Autocorrect ruins Jerry’s relationship.”
I mean, that’s a Seinfeld episode right there.
SWEET POTATO BLACK BEAN PIZZA (slightly adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride)
1 medium sweet potato, sliced very thinly (1/4-inch or less, if possible), with each slice quartered
Salt, cumin, and cinnamon
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 green onion, sliced, with green tops reserved for toppin
1/2 green bell pepper, core and seeds removed, thinly sliced
1/2-2/3 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
2 oz crumbled goat cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1. Heat oven to 425. Toss quartered sweet potato slices with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch each of salt, cumin, and cinnamon. Spread potato slices in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet and cook for 10-15 minutes, until fork tender.
2. Coat pizza pan lightly with olive oil. Gently stretch the pizza dough to cover pan. Lightly coat pizza dough with olive oil.
3. Sprinkle dough with mozzarella, followed by white/light green portions of the green onions, sweet potato slices, green peppers, black beans, goat cheese, and Parmesan
4. Bake pizza 10-12 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and crispy and goat cheese starts to brown. Remove from oven, sprinkle with green onion tops, and serve.
Funny note. I swear I grabbed a sweet potato from a bin at the grocery store marked “sweet potatoes,” but somehow when I went to make this pizza, my sweet potato had magically morphed into a regular ol’ potato. I was super bummed, thinking this would suck, but it did not suck at all. Something about those thin potato slices trapping the mozzarella cheese between the pizza dough really works for me. And by “something,” I mean “CARBS.”