Deep Dish Pizza
Andrew and I have been looking forward to this pizza for quite some time. The only deep-dish pizza I have had is from Uno Chicago Grill and I love it. This week’s pizza recipe brought three new adventures to my kitchen: including cornmeal in the dough, learning about broccoli rabe, and finally using a fresh mozzarella cheese.
For the dough I substituted one cup of cornmeal for one cup of flour, but after mixing it for a few minutes I realized it was too soupy. I added ½ cup more flour and the dough turned out just right. Broccoli has been on two pizzas this year, but for this pizza I purchased broccoli rabe for the first time. The trunks are much thinner and it is quite leafy. Without conferring with the cheese guy Wegmans, I chose Bel Gioioso mozzarella cheese. I then picked up garlic, onion and the Italian sausage Andrew requested be included in the toppings.
After assembling the ingredients in a cake pan, the pizza took about 30 minutes to cook. The crust was thick and softer than the thin crust we are accustomed to. The addition of cornmeal resulted in a cornbread like flavor. The broccoli cooked nicely. The mozzarella was rich and creamy. All together, the pizza was deep and delicious!
Posted in broccoli, cheese, garlic, herbs, Italian sausage, marinara, meat, mozzarella, Onion, sauce, veggie
Tagged broccoli, cornmeal, deep-dish, deep-dish pizza recipe, mozzarella cheese, pizza, pizza recipe, Uno Chicago Grill, Wegmans
Big Blue Pizza
Continuing to branch out in my cheese selection, this week I took on blue cheese, the pungent cheese. Blue cheese is one of the few cheeses that Andrew does not like so I called on my friend Nicole to be my pizza guinea pig this week.
I did a little research on blue cheese and discovered there are many varieties, way more than I was aware of. The money saving cheese guy from Wegmans helped me pick out a tasty and affordable buttermilk blue cheese. This Wisconsin cheese is a three-time 1st place winner at the Wisconsin State Fair and two-time 3rd place winner at the World Dairy Expo so it must be good. I was feeling really adventurous this week and also included caramelized onions in this recipe. The onions didn’t get to the point of caramelizing, I wasn’t patient enough, but they did turn out quite good. Also included; a light sprinkling of mozzarella cheese, sautéed Granny Smith apple and baby spinach. The last topping to go on the pizza was the blue cheese.
After a few minutes in the oven, the pungent aroma quickly filled the kitchen and it was all you could smell once it was on the table. When I bit into a slice I could taste the other toppings, however the blue cheese was definitely the dominating flavor. The next time I use a strong cheese I will be sure to ease up on the quantity because a little goes such a long way, while a lot was way too much! Nicole, being such a supportive friend, took on the pungent pizza and said it was great! That’s true friendship!
Posted in Apple, blue cheese, cheese, Fruit, Onion, spinach, vegetarian, veggie
Tagged apple, blue cheese, cheese, onions, pizza, pizza recipe, spinach, Wegmans
Sloppy Joe Pizza
When I hear Sloppy Joe’s I immediately think of the movie Billy Madison and elementary school Sloppy Joe’s. It seems like they get a bad rap, but I think deep down we all secretly liked the messy sandwiches. Andrew never ate a school Sloppy Joe so he doesn’t have the same memories. He used to make them in his early twenties, except rather than the meaty mess I remember he used a vegetarian mix he found in Nature’s Market at Wegmans. He had a craving for them this week so I got past the nasty image of them being served up to Billy Madison at lunch time, and after Andrew sang a few rounds of “Sloppy Joe’s, Slop, Sloppy Joe’s” I agreed to try them once again. I followed the mix recipe and also added some chopped onions. The sandwiches turned out pretty good, definitely better than I remember. In the midst of chewing I had the idea for a Sloppy Joe pizza. Andrew was so excited he would have another chance to sing his song this weekend. The leftovers were enough to spread a thick layer over the pizza dough. I topped it with shredded sharp cheddar cheese. After baking, the pizza looked like a pretty typical pizza but it tasted like the best Sloppy Joe EVER! We will definitely be singing again in the future: “Sloppy Joe’s, Slop, Sloppy Joe’s”!
Loaded Potato Pizza
Potatoes and pizza never would have crossed my mind. This recipe came from Andrew’s idea to turn our favorite meals into pizza. A simple dish I enjoy making is roasted red potatoes topped with the typical potato toppings so I tried turning it into a pizza tonight. I sliced the potatoes very thin and roasted them with Wegmans Basting Oil with Garlic and Herbs. I brushed the dough with the same basting oil, added scallions, Colby cheese, chopped broccoli, mild Italian sausage and the potatoes. We both really enjoyed it!
Posted in broccoli, cheese, colby, Italian sausage, Meal->Pizza, meat, Potato, scallion, veggie
Tagged basting oil, broccoli, cheese, Italian sausage, pizza, potato, potato pizza recipe, scallions, Wegmans