I’ve been sick. My meals have mostly consisted of plain noodles, soup, and pulpy orange juice. However, last night I was feeling a little more perky and Jonathan was looking at me with hungry puppy dog eyes…so I decided to whip something up.
I was definitely not feeling well enough to whip up a crust recipe, but we had a giant french loaf of bread that needed to be taken down.
-2 halves of french bread
-3 cloves garlic chopped
-4 Tbsp melted butter
-salt…LOTS of it this time (thanks readers!)
-4 slices fresh mozzarella
-4 slices tomato
-sprinkle of shredded parmesan
I put loads of butter, garlic, and salt on each slice of the bread. Recipe for success people!
Topped each slice with mozzarella and tomato.
When I thought I had added enough salt, I added some more.
Then sprinkled the rest with parmesan cheese and baked at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
SO TASTY!!! Seriously, we could have eaten 6 loaves of this. Delicious.
It took me about 10 minutes in prep time…the perfect dinner for my sickly little self.
This pizza I’m about to show you had all the promise in the world. The ingredients were fresh and homemade. The aroma was incredible. The crust was baked to perfection.
The taste? BOooooooriiiiiing!
This is where you come in. What did I do wrong? How does one make the perfect pizza? Any tips?
The rolling pin featured in my giveaway. Yes, I really use it and yes, I love it.
The ingredient list:
-ricotta cheese (big clumps this time)
-salt and pepper
-a sprinkle of parmesan
I did a half whole wheat crust this time and it was delicious.
I wanted to keep the ingredient list short because that’s really been working for me lately. Maybe that’s where I went wrong?
Parmesan in sepia
Even close up it looked awesome.
The smell from the oven was to-die-for.
Please help internet people.
p.s. Life is too crazy to make pizza every Sunday for a series, but I will continue to post until I have perfected every pizza I can think of.
I have been overwhelmed by pizza lately. Like, the thought of letting dough rise, rolling it out to even thickness, slicing and chopping a million ingredients, and having 3 types of cheese on hand was too much!
Pizza should be the easiest and most fun thing in my repertoire.
So pizza and I took a break.
Then I thought to myself, “Mads, what’s the deal? You don’t have to have a million steps to make a decent pizza.”
So this week I bought pre-made crust from Trader Joe’s (the whole wheat is kinda narly, but the garlic herb is fantastic) and cut the ingredient list down.
-Trader Joe’s crust
-Smokey garlic hot sauce
-Smoked chicken sausage (this is a great substitute when trying to cut calories)
The end result was delicious, but since I’m such a perfectionist…here’s what I would do differently next time:
1-Real big globs of ricotta. A thin layer wasn’t enough to satisfy that gooey craving.
2-Smaller chunks of chicken sausage. I take tiny freakish baby bites, so this is a necessary step.
3-Chop up the basil and incorporate it into the ‘za. If you look closely, the last picture is of crispy burnt nasty basil. Yuck. Whole leaves did not cut it.
Things that I absolutely loved about this pizza:
1-Smoked mozzarella! What a fun new addition to mix it up.
2-Pre-made crust saved my relationship with pizza…at least for this week
What do you do to make meal prep easier for yourself?
My stinky, but lovely roommate Jonathan loves nothing more than beef and onions. Seriously, I think he would eat that at every meal if possible.
So, I indulged him.
In the form of a pizza.
(Sorry about the quality of the pictures. We were rushing (read: HANGRY), it was dark, and did I mention we were HANGRY?)
You will need:
1 batch of pizza dough (I liked this new recipe a. It was sort of a medium thickness, but it was crunchy and easy to whip up)
1/2 pound steak
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp. store bought onion dip (We used this as a sauce. This was bomb-diggity, but you could easily skip it or use whatever sauce you see fit).
1 ball fresh mozzarella
salt and pepper to taste
Sear the outside of the steak, but make sure that the inside is still raw. We definitely don’t want to overcook the steak.
Lightly coat the crust with olive oil and the onion dip.
Then go topping crazy! Mozzarella, onions, steak, salt and pepper!
Put it in the oven at 425 degrees until the cheese is light golden brown.
I wanted to keep this week’s ingredient list to a minimum because last week was sort of a fail. This needs to happen more often because this pizza was DELECTABLE!
Not to mention it was fast because there was relatively little prep work to be done.
I know I promised a Sunday pizza series, but we had a surprise visitor last night and I almost passed out from heat exhaustion. Yikes! So you are getting a Monday pizza. Enjoy!
Up–This pizza involved bacon and eggs.
Down–The crust was not thin (as advertised) and too sugary. I’m not going to give out the recipe because it was just bad.
Up–It was a breakfast pizza involving bacon. Did I already mention BACON.
Down–Putting eggs on the pizza at the beginning of cook-time caused the eggs to cook all the way through. I was hoping for a little runny business. Next time, eggs go on halfway through baking.
Up–The toppings were phenomenal! (parsley, chives, cherry tomatoes, garlic, asparagus, goat cheese, parmesan cheese, egg, did I mention BACON?!)
Down–TOO MANY TOPPINGS!!! Sometimes it’s better to let the ingredients shine through and not to overload the crust.
Up–Clumps of goat cheese everywhere…I should put this on all of my pizzas. (I love how the sun was setting in this picture)
Down–The crust recipe called for 1 and 1/2 packets of yeast. What in the world does anybody do with 1/2 a packet of yeast?
Up–I don’t have a rolling pin, but my olive oil doubled as a roller.
Down–I could do much better.
Up–It still tasted pretty darn good!