Sunday, March 14, 2010

Mama Mia

It was a nice quiet evening.

We turned on cheesy Italian music, lit the candles, tuned on the string lights on the porch, popped open a bottle of red wine and made some pizza pies.

You can make the dough yourself, but we bought it (along with the sauce) from a great pizza place in the area. We gathered plenty of fresh toppings from the grocery store and got to work. The look on Zach's face when he could not get his dough to spin on the end of his finger properly told me he would be much more content ordering in.

I say we did a good job. My stomach agrees.

Here are some tips for making your own pizza at home:

*Roll the dough out thinner than you think you should. It tends to puff up when it bakes.
*You do not need to bulk up the crust. Simply pinch the edges all the way around.
*Use your fingers to create small dents in the area the tomato sauce covers just to hold it in place.
*Don't skimp on the quality tomato sauce; it is the most important part.
*Use fresh mozzarella (kind that come packed in water in a plastic container). You can just cut it into slices and arrange them on top of the sauce.
*Use fresh toppings like onions, mushrooms, peppers, olives fresh basil and meats. Just pile them up under and on top of the cheese (mixing it up a bit)
*Get creative with fancy toppings such as pesto (in place of tomato sauce), goat cheese, feta cheese, artichokes, bacon or sun dried tomatoes.
*Bake a small pizza in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes or until the crust seems toasted and cooked all the way through.
*If you do not have a pizza cutter, use kitchen scissors to slice right through; a knife might make a mess of the cheese and the toppings.

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