Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Pizza Night

Every week at our house has a pizza night. I remember the first time I tasted Mother Mary's homemade pizza - I ate so much I got sick! Needless to say over indulged and I thoroughly enjoyed every bite!

We've taken to grilling our pizza's, and as an anniversary gift a couple years ago we got a high quality all clad stone for such purposes. Important to have the right tools - in anything you do.
There have been so many different types of pizza that have come out of our kitchen but the following our the staples sometimes with different variations - anything goes - whatever you like it's all about the fun.

Fresh Tomato Mozzarella
Fresh Basil
Fresh Mozzarella
shredded mozzarella
Roma Tomato’s

Steak Pizza
shredded mozzarella
bell pepper

Chicken Sausage/Pineapple
Chicken Sausage (3)
red bell pepper
shredded mozzarella

Southwest Chicken
shredded mozzarella
black beans
purple onion
grilled chicken
green onion
monterrey jack/cheddar

The one we are making tonight is Pesto Chicken, we will use the fresh basil from our garden to make the pesto.

Basic Pesto Recipe For Pesto Pizza
Olive Oil
Parmesan Cheese
Blend together

Pesto Pizza
Mushroom Asiago Chicken Sausage
Roma Tomatoes
Shredded Mozzarella

Pizza Dough
Ingredients for one 12 inch pizza:
3/4 cup warm water
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 1/4 cup flour1 tsp salt1 tsp sugar 1 teaspoon dry or instant yeast

Place in bowl in the order above kneed with your hands - making a ball and adding extra flour as needed till it doesn’t stick to your hands - kneed for about 5 mins. Get it in the shape of a ball in the bowl - cover the bowl with a towel and let it sit and rise for about 20 minutes. Need again for 1 -3 minuets (add flour if necessary) then let it rise again for another 20 after which it should be ready to go. Add olive oil on the ball of dough to make it shinny then place ball of doe on a wooden paddle and shape into a pizza. After it’s in the shape you want add a little olive oil on the top and spread it across the pizza with a spoon. Grind some pepper on the dough - then start adding your toppings.

You can always use a bread maker and a recipe for the bread maker - I do both and even when something goes wrong - if I give it enough time the bread seems to be forgiving and we can make it work. There are a lot of lessons bread can teach us - a great book is Brother Juniper.

Try a pizza and dough - get the kids involved. Have fun. Make memories. Make a tradition. Pass it on.

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