Published January 12, 2010
Tags: cooking, food, pizza
More food! In addition to the crockpot, I also received a pizza stone and peel for Christmas. I was pretty excited about this – I hate how pizza tends to be soggy in the middle and burnt around the edges, so I was pretty sure that the pizza stone would solve all of my problems.
The inaugural pizza was BBQ chicken. I bought the dough fresh at the grocery store and topped it with barbeque sauce, a ton of red onion, bacon, chicken and mozzarella cheese. In reading the instructions for the peel, they noted that you should dust it with cornmeal before putting the dough down. I would like to know their definition of the word dust, because my pizza got horribly stuck! I had to lift up the edges and keep throwing more and more cornmeal underneath the pizza to make it slide off the peel and onto the stone. I did manage it eventually, and a major dinner crisis was averted. So, in all – a liberal coating of the peel would be a good idea!
Verdict? The pizza stone rocks! The bottom of the crust was crispy, but the inside wasn’t overdone. It was probably the best pizza I have ever made!
Published July 9, 2008
Tags: basil, cooking, food, garlic, pizza, tomato
On Sunday, my car broke down and had to be towed, and I was pretty upset. So I turned to comfort food, namely pizza. (Ok, there was some wine involved too, but I still managed to make pizza, so I’m calling it good!)
While making this pizza, I was aiming for simple flavors that were spectacular when all mixed together. The dough for the crust was pre-made from Whole Foods, which is also where I found the smoked mozzarella. The sauce is simply crushed tomatoes. I sliced up about three big garlic cloves and tossed them on there, along with some lemon basil and some regular basil from my container garden. I used both types because I don’t have a lot of either yet (they’re still growing like crazy though).
The lemon basil was a nice little flavor mixed in there. I don’t feel like it is as strong as the regular basil, so the lemon flavor wasn’t overpowering.
I baked this at 400F for about 15 minutes. I don’t like the crust too brown, so once it started to turn, I took it out.
The pizza was incredibly delicious! The crust was really good, I would definitely buy the same dough again. It reheated well too, I just had the last of the leftovers for lunch a little bit ago. Yum!