They say everything’s bigger in Texas… but do they really mean BETTER? Don’t get us wrong, we love a Friday night out at all of our favorite local spots. But Texas, or more specifically- Austin, seems to understand what a perfect Friday night really should be. We’re talking embracing an evening in with your favorite movie and good food. A few of Austin’s greats came together to create a dreamy Friday night scene. With homemade pizza and cocktails from Nova on Rainey, dinnerware by Keith Kreeger, table accessories from Rue favorite Stone Textile, and Kate LeSueur behind the lens? You’ve got a recipe for a perfect night in. Enjoy:

KALE PESTO PIZZA:
INGREDIENTS:
1 flatbread dough (Homemade is always better. We grill ours for extra flavor, but you can pan bake in a 500 degree oven for 2ish minutes to set the dough.)
4 tablespoons kale pesto (recipe below)
1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese
3 red skin potatoes, sliced (poached in ¾ water ¼ milk until tender then cooled first)
2 tablespoons caramelized onions
1 ½ cups baby arugula (dressed in lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper just before serving)
2 tablespoons hot sauce

KALE PESTO:
1 oz vegetable oil
2 shallots, peeled and chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1# kale, cleaned and torn
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 oz white wine
2 oz vegetable stock
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat vegetable oil over medium high heat in a small pot. Add shallots and garlic, add a pinch of salt, and turn heat to medium. Cook until soft and aromatic.

Add torn kale, white wine, and vegetable stock and cover the pot. Cook for 5 minutes covered.

Remove cover and stir until 75% of liquid has cooked off.

Puree until smooth, TASTE, season, TASTE

PIZZA DIRECTIONS:
Build pizza with potatoes and onions under the cheese.

Bake on a preheated stone at 500 degrees for about 6 minutes.

Cool for about a minute, then slice.

Top with dressed arugula and garnish with hot sauce.

RUM FASHIONED:
INGREDIENTS:
2oz Baccardi 8
1/2 cointreau
1/2 5 Spice syrup
1/2 Apple cider

Pair with an apple cider ice cube & an orange peel for garnish. Enjoy!

 

CREDITS:
Table Linens, Chargers, + Coasters: Stone Textile 
Dinnerware: Keith Kreeger
PhotosKate LeSueur
Food + DrinkNova on Rainey