Wednesday, October 29, 2008
When I was in Vancouver this summer at the EAT! Vancouver show, I had the pleasure of watching Bob Blumer demonstrate his Pizza on the Grill. I then visited my friend Karen and she made me a fantastic pizza with a potato dough. I love homemade pizza!
When the Daring Bakers challenge was announced this month, I was thrilled to hear it was pizza...but of course this was a special pizza...the dough was adapted from Peter Reinhart's pizza dough from the Bread Baker's Apprentice. It is sooooo good, you could almost leave out the toppings and sit down and just eat the crust!
Part of the challenge was the pizza toss and I regret to say that even though I made six 6 inch pizzas, only four made it to the oven.
Thanks to Rosa of Rosa's Yummy Yums for hosting this month's challenge. You can find the recipe on Rosa's blog. The combinations of toppings are endless but sometimes - the simpler the better. The recipe follows for the five-minute Amatrici-Style sauce (which I love and is easy to make) from Bob Blumer's and Elizabeth Karmel's book Pizza on the Grill. The book has some very interesting pizzas.
8 strips bacon chopped
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 14.5 -ounce can chopped tomatoes, undrained
1 clove garlic, minced or grated
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Preheat a pan 1 to 2 minutes and add the bacon and a little oil.
Stir to brown the bacon bits and then drain the fat from the pan.
Add the tomatoes and stir until warmed through
Add the garlic, red pepper flakes and the rest of the oil.
Simmer for another minute then remove from the heat.
Season with salt and pepper and cool before using.
This can keep, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
These were the combinations I chose:
five-minute Amatrici-Style sauce (recipe above)
cappicola and a combination of mozzarella and cheddar cheeses
five-minute Amatrici-Style sauce
pepperoni, fresh yellow peppers and a combination of mozzarella and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheeses.
You can even try some sweet versions with chocolate and pears and walnuts and...
Well...it's all fun and games until the pizza dough hits the floor... no... even then it's fun!
Until we bake again
Posted by Penny at 7:35 PM