Friday, December 12, 2008
I made a pizza!
Well that's not really rare, I make pizzas all the time. Duh! This one is totally worth mentioning though. I used my new pizza books for inspiration, rolled up my sleeves and got to work!
Here's what you need to make this pizza and dough. It only takes about an hour to make, which is about how long it takes to get a delivery pizza anyway. I call this Garlicky Best Friend Pizza with Pesto(ish) Sauce. Enjoy!
* 2 1/2 cups of flour
* 2-1/4 tsp. (one packet) of active dry yeast
* 1 cup very warm water
* 1 tsp. salt
* 1 tsp. sugar
* 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Soften the yeast in the warm water and add salt, sugar and 2 cups of flour. Stir with a wooden spoon. When flour is mixed in, gently knead the dough on a floured surface until it is stretchy but firm. Brush the dough with extra virgin olive oil and cover it with a clean cloth. Set the dough aside to rest in a warm place for about 30-45 minutes. Once it has risen to double, preheat the oven to 400F and punch the dough down. Then roll or press it out onto a greased baking sheet. Fold over the outer edge of the dough to make the crust. Parbake the crust for about 7 minutes. Remove it from the oven and top with the ingredients below.
for the sauce:
* 3 large cloves of delicious garlic
* 2-3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
* 3 tpsp. Parmesan cheese
* 3 tbsp. Italian seasoning (basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, etc)
* salt and pepper to taste
Mince or crush the garlic through a garlic press into a small dish. Add herbs, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Mix the ingredients thoroughly and let rest for about 10 minutes. Spread the mixture over the crust evenly and then top the pizza with the rest of the ingredients:
* diced tomatoes
* roasted red peppers
* a li'l bit of red onion
* fresh Buffalo mozzarella cheese
* more Parmesan cheese
* whatever else you want!
Bake at 400F for about 20 min or until crust is golden brown. For the love of GOD let the pizza cool before you devour it! You'll burn the roof of your mouth on the molten cheese lava. I shared this pizza with my best friend Kelly immediately, hence the name. Then later I shared it with my good friends Tiffany and Danny.
Yum! What's next in the pizza oven? I'm thinking Pizza Puttanesca with basil, chilies, capers, black olives and maybe some eggplant. I'll let you know how it goes. Buon Appetito!