Spicy Meat Pizza
Andrew’s little brother has had a football game almost every Saturday this fall so he has been coming over for dinner on Sundays. Meat lovers pizzas are a perfect fit for Tyler’s big appetite.
I started with spicy Italian sausage and turkey pepperoni, a great combination on any pizza. I put banana peppers on a pizza for a the first time this spring and knew they would be a great compliment for this spicy pizza. Topped with my homemade pizza sauce, onions, and mozzarella cheese, this pizza was excellent and with Tyler as a guest there were no left-overs!
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We recently invited Andrew’s students Lauren and Ashley (and Ashley’s boyfriend Scott) to the house to celebrate the end of the school year. At Ashley’s request I prepared a Buffalo Chicken Wing pizza, but wasn’t sure what to make for the second pizza. Andrew suggested a traditional pepperoni pizza, but I thought it would be fun to combine two pizza from last year into one mouth watering pizza: my Pesto Pizza (#26) and my Pepperoni Pizza (#52).
I started by spreading homemade pesto sauce on pre-baked dough. Next, I sprinkled on mozzarella cheese and loaded on the pepperoni. The simple nature in which I prepared the pizza did not reflect its taste. It was fantastic! One of my favorite sauces and one of my favorite toppings together to make pesto pepperoni pizza. Delish!
As I was relaxing by the pool in St. Lucia over our December vacation and thinking about starting my 52 Pizzas project, I never imagined that I would make the fifty-second pizza in early September. I prepared a mental list of all the pizzas I hoped to make and of course pepperoni pizza was on the list, but I have been having so much fun creating original pizzas that this one kept getting pushed down my list. Until last weekend, that is when I decided I couldn’t make 52 pizzas and not include my own pepperoni pizza recipe!
When preparing this pizza I reminisced about my first job, at Sbarro, where I learned how to toss pizza dough, spread marinara using a ladle, and the proper arrangement of pepperoni. For my pepperoni pizza recipe I bought Italian style pepperoni that had a red pepper spice to it. I spread marinara sauce on the dough, sprinkled on mozzarella cheese and laid the pepperoni in concentric circles around the pizza. The pizza turned out delicious and was such a simple and satisfying way to end my project.
This has been a great experience. I enjoyed the creative process and the challenge of developing so many new recipes. I am proud that I made my dough from scratch on all 52 pizzas. It has also been fun sharing the process with others. Andrew and I look forward to pizza every week. We have enjoyed pizza with the company of so many family and friends. In addition, it has been tons of fun to share my pizza creations on this blog. I never imagined how many people would be interested in this project when it began. Now that I’ve completed 52 pizzas I am planning my next pizza project and will write about in the next week. Stay tuned!
We decided to have some friends over for pizza and other snacks. The next three pizzas were made for that night.
#5 Margherita Pizza
I figured I should make the old stand-by, marinara and cheese. It turned out to be a hit.
#6 Meat Lovers Pizza
This is a pizza I have made for Andrew and I before so I knew it would be great. I used poultry Italian sausage, turkey pepperoni, sautéed onions, marinara and mozzarella cheese. I was right, it was great.
#7 Cheese-less Roasted Veggie Pizza
One of our friends is lactose intolerant, I can’t even imagine because I love cheese so much. I have seen him eat cheese before but I wanted to check with him to see what he could eat. He said melted cheese was the worst, I pity him so much because I love melted cheese the best! I was kind of excited for the challenge of a cheese-less pizza, I have never attempted it before due to my cheese addiction. I roasted red peppers, something I learned to do earlier in the week. I also roasted some onions and sautéed zucchini. I brushed Wegmans basting oil with garlic and herbs on the crust and added the veggies. This pizza turned out to taste great and our lactose intolerant friend was grateful and satisfied with my creation. I was disappointed that the veggies did not stay on the pizza after I sliced it and they fell off when you tried to eat it. The challenge is how do you get the veggies to stay on the pizza without cheese? I will attempt that challenge again sometime.
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