Friday, January 28, 2011
This week I’ve faced my enemies and cowered in their wake. For several days, Housework and Clutter won battle after battle, but I think I’ve clawed my way out of the mess. And tonight, we celebrate with war whoops and grilled pizza.
Grilled Double Bacon, Pepperoni & Onion Pizza
This is Jesse’s pizza of choice. If I slapped some pig skin on top he’d probably cry tears of joy.
1 (12 to 14 inch) pizza dough, stretched onto a pan, recipe below
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2/3 cup pizza sauce, recipe below
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
5 slices thick sliced bacon, cooked and cut into chunks
1/4 cup Canadian bacon, cut into quarters
1/4 cup pepperoni
1/4 cup diced onions
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan Reggiano
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for brushing
Salt & pepper
Cornmeal for pizza pan
1. Preheat the grill on high to 500 degrees, with the lid closed. Brush a good quality pizza pan lightly with olive oil, and sprinkle with cornmeal. Set aside.
2. Stretch and roll out the pizza dough until thin, and place on the pan. Brush the top with 1 tablespoon olive oil, and then spoon on pizza sauce.
3. Top pizza with the mozzarella, bacon, Canadian bacon, pepperoni, onions and then Parmesan. Season with oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
4. Set pizza on the grill and close the lid. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until cooked through.
Zesty Old School Style Pizza Sauce
Makes enough sauce to cover three medium, or two large pizzas.
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce (without sugar)
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground sweet paprika
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Fresh cracked pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon white vinegar
Place all the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and stir together.
Makes 1½ cups of pizza sauce.
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon honey or sugar
1 cup lukewarm water
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
Place water, yeast, and honey or sugar into a stand mixer bowl. Stir to combine and set aside for 10 minutes.
Place the rest of the ingredients in the bowl and knead with a dough hook on low speed for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead by hand on a clean surface for another minute. Pat into a circle.
Lightly oil a large bowl and place the dough inside, flipping once to coat with oil. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
Makes two large pizzas.
Recipes and photographs by Laura Flowers.