Friday, November 9, 2007

Pizza! Pizza!

A few months ago, our favorite brick-oven pizza shop/bakery closed it's doors. Sad, sad, sad. Since we all love pizza here (especially the kids), I decided it was time to try making it on my own. I found a dough recipe in VWaV (I swear I'm getting some new cookbooks soon!), and it looked really easy. So, I started yesterday afternoon since it had to rise for an hour and then rest for an hour. It was so easy! I was thinking, "Wow. If this turns out to actually taste good, we're going to be having pizza more often!"

I have to say, the hardest part was stretching the dough into a (sort-of) circle. The first one, which was for the kids, I shaped pretty well. They just like cheese on their pizza, so I made them their own. The next one, which is the one in the picture, didn't look quite as good.

I couldn't find a jarred sauce and Kroger that looked acceptable, so I was like, "Screw it, I'll make my own damn sauce!" I got a can of tomato sauce and tomato paste. I poured the sauce in a pot and added a couple scoops of paste, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, etc. It turned out really nice, and I even had enough to freeze for my next pizzas. Sleek likes onions on his pizza, so I sauteed a red onion for his half. For my half, I had onion, cremini mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes. I also went light on the cheese on my half. It was so good. I couldn't believe I'd made a pizza completely from scratch and it actually turned out great! Plus, I got to use my pizza stone, which I hadn't used for years. YEARS!

I didn't post last night, because I was busy watching the WVU game. Louisville gave us a game, that's for sure. We went from having a sizable lead to being tied near the end of the fourth quarter. The Mountaineers scored a touchdown with about two minutes left, and won the game 38-31.

The kiddos are going to the Grandparents' for the three day weekend. You all know what that means for Sleek and me? People! Get you minds out of the gutter! We've got a weekend full of decluttering/cleaning/home maintenence, of course!


carrie said...

Your pizza looks great.....I love making homemade pizza, we almost never have take out anymore. I used to do the crust from scatch (well, I still do kind of, but I lead the bread machine do most of the work now).

Jessica said...

Homemade pizza is the best, except for maybe Sirriani's in Davis.

Another version that my kids love is what I call Mexican Pizza. Make your regular crust. Mix some refried beans with salsa and spread on first. Then top with whatever you like; black olives, green onions and corn for us. Top that off with cheddar cheese and bake.
It's easy, yummy and made with things that most people have stocked at home already.

And Carrie is right, the bread machine is great for crust.

The Dalai Mama said...

carrie: Just this morning I saw my bread machine on a shelf in the garage. I was thinking, "Should I keep that, or throw it away?" I think I'll keep it.

jessica: We just had a Sirriani's pizza last month. It was off-the-freakin'-hook. I'll definitely be stopping by there anytime I'm anywhere near Davis. I'm totally trying the Mexican pizza next time.

getto said...

I have heard that The Daily Kneads is opening back up. I see that they are doing some repairs. Hopefully it will be soon- I miss their sourdough.
Glad we got to see you last night. And thanks to you and Pelt for the motorcycle toy. I glued the handle back on and Oakley hasn't gotten off since. You guys rock!

The Dalai Mama said...

getto: I hope The Daily Kneads does open back up. You can't find a good loaf of bread in this town anymore. I'm so glad Oak likes the motorcycle.

Rebecca Burch said...

Mmmmmmm... pizzaaaaaaa!!!!

Raoul Duke said...

you said the magic word ;)