Wednesday, January 20, 2010

It's not delivery...

I am a huge fan of making pizza at home.  Though, I must confess that I am not one to make my own sauce and dough (I realize that is what that hook thing that came with my mixer is for).  I do however, aspire to buy a pizza stone.  Most grocery stores carry premade dough and of course my sponsor, Trader Joe's (a girl can dream), has several varieties.  Another reason why I like pizza night is that you can utilize your pantry and any leftovers in the fridge.  No, I am not recommending mashed potato and broccoli pizza but you can get pretty creative.  If you have kids pizza night is a great way to get them into the kitchen.  They can make their own little pizza... and yours will be safe.

This pizza has: goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, Italian cheese blend, proscuitto, and more goat cheese.  Oh, and because as my husband proclaims, "I'm addicted to the spice" we top slices with Sriracha and peperoncini.  if you don't have a pizza stone it helps to cook the dough for a about 10 min. sans toppings first so it cooks properly.

We eat a lot of caprese salad in the summer months, however, in the winter I refuse to buy cardboard tomatoes so this is my version using sweet cherry or grape varieties.  For the cheese I love the creaminess  of burrata which is an Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream.  It looks beautiful torn in half and drizzled with shiny extra virgin olive oil.  I also break the rules and use balsamic vinegar on my tomatoes and basil which helps break through the richness of the cheese.

Yes, takeout requires less time but at least with this meal you know what you are putting in your body. Plus, you don't have to deal with those pesky pizza boxes that don't fit in the recycle box and sit on the counter until recycle day.

1 comment:

aimee said...

Love homemade pizza too. My sis-in-law makes dreamy pizzas like yours. Always creative ingredients etc.

Next dinner date should be a pizza date.

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