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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Pizza Pizza! Cooking Bucket List #3

I haven't forgotten my Cooking Bucket List from July, and last night I finally made homemade grilled pizza.  I used the Williams-Sonoma Pizza cookbook, which my brother Dan swears by, for my recipe.  Unfortunately, it's out of print, but you can get used copies online.  

I made the standard pizza dough recipe the night before, and let it sit in the fridge overnight until the next afternoon, when I could let it sit out and "rest".  It looked the same to me after a few hours sitting on the counter, so the test would be in the actual grilling.  I warned Bud that it may not turn out, and our back up plan (getting take out) was in place.  We both know I can either cook brilliantly, or suck at it.  I was leaning towards the "suck at it" side.  

I managed to make my pizzas look rustic without trying, because I'm incapable of making a decent circle or rectangle:
Pizza: phase one 
After browning on one side, we took them off, flipped them, and added our ingredients.  For us, it's black olives, fresh basil, tomato sauce, and canadian bacon.  It's important not to overload your pizza with sauce or topping, cause these are thin crusts, and the toppings won't cook before the crust burns.
A very proud Bud showing his pizza before the final grill

Finally, we put them back on the grill for a quick 1-2 minutes to cook the other side and melt the cheese.  The grilling part was really fast!  What took some time was making sure the ingredients were all ready to go--just like making chinese food at home.  Be ready to work quickly.
The finished pizzas
We ate both pizzas with some cold beer and a good movie.  Bud said they were great, and I am happy we finally made some pizzas!  I am interested in making one my brother made years ago when I made a trip to New Mexico:  a corn meal crust, with green chiles and ham.  It was delicious.  I think I may have to get a pizza stone to make them inside during the winter months, and have a few days of concocting pizza dough recipes I can stick in the freezer for future use.  And don't feel bad about eating a whole pizza.  The crust was very thin, so really, you don't feel one bit guilty wolfing down a whole pizza.  I didn't even feel very full afterwards.  So I had another beer!  Cheers.

1 comment:

  1. Oooo, yum, love those thin crust ones! (If you're realllly lazy, or need a back-up, you could cheat and use a tortilla...)


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