Archive for January 9th, 2011

Pizza Success!

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

After barely surviving the holidays and a rather nasty sinus infection, I had decided that it was time to return to my blog with something I am rather successful at.  Yes, I know that reading about my shameful candy corn disaster is certainly entertaining, but did we learn anything from it?  Well, other than hot sugar plus Smalerie’s sensitive baby skin makes her a very sad panda?

So here it is, something that is very easy and that I should more often but I don’t: pizza.  Really, I have a strong belief that everyone should know how to make their own pizza on occasion because it is really inexpensive and the results are really rewarding.

I don’t use a recipe really, but I am more than happy to share a few tips that I have learned from my mother and NaNa when it comes to making something tasty and extremely comforting.

Pizza corner

Tip #1: Use real dough.  While I’m not demanding that you make your own dough, I am saying that the stuff you can get refrigerated at the supermarket is a pretty good bang for your buck.  Best of all, it freezes really well.  Just remember to let it rise before using it.  This means finding a nice warm place to let it get all puffy so that you can squish it down again before making your pizza.

Tip #2:  Making your own sauce can be really quick and easy.  I’m sure this doesn’t surprise you, but as a 3rd generation Italian-American, I can be very leery of jarred or canned sauces.  I’d rather just get some plain stuff and add my own garlic, oregano, and such.  Though, I will admit to using the pre-made stuff in a pinch, when my pockets are a bit more bare than usual, I will scour the “must-go” produce section for tomatoes.  It can feel really great to leave the market with a bunch of plum or heirloom tomatoes for $1.  Also, fresh sauce on your pizza makes a HUGE difference.

Tip #3: I apply grated Parmesan to the pizza before I add the mozzarella.  Thanks for the tip NaNa!

Tip #4: I sometimes splurge for fresh mozzarella at Costco.  I prefer the milky taste it has and the way it browns.  If you’ve never tried this before, you should try treating yourself.  It’s so so so good!

Tip #5:  Cook your pizza it a hot oven.  Think 400 to 450 degrees hot.  This helps make things nice and crunchy.  There is nothing more satisfying than a slice of pizza that is so crispy it will stand up on it’s own when you lift it off the pan.

And in case this quick blog didn’t interest or entice you, let me show you this:


That’s right, extreme close-up food porn of my porcini mushroom pizza.  Oh baby!