This is where my last three postings all come together in a way that I can’t quite pick out any one flavor but all together they blend into a new and delicious one. Not to mention colorful. And crisp.
I like to keep my pizzas simple. I’m a basic kinda gal—light layer of sauce, good quality mozzarella, a lot of pizza seasoning, a hint of salami, crispy bell peppers, lots of onions and broccoli florets. That usually does it for me. My son prefers an even more basic pizza Margherita, with maybe a hint of salami when he’s feeling particularly adventurous. Broccoli is a no-go for him. We usually compromise on this pizza though I’ve been known to puree broccoli into his pizza sauce. All is fair in love and motherhood.
The one thing I’m completely addicted to is cherry tomatoes and fresh salad leaves on my pizza. I simply need my red little bombs and green pizza topping, find it totally boring without them. The kiddo won’t touch it with a 10-foot pole and picks them off.
Maybe some day… please tell me there’s still hope!
I’m not a big fan of pregrated mozzarella. Over here the pregrated stuff is usually bad-quality cheese. When it comes to pizzas I like good quality ingredients. I wrap the mozzarella in plastic wrap and put it in the freezer for 30 to 60 minutes. That makes grating it a heck of a lot easier.
I love cherry tomatoes on my pizza. I cut them in half and it’s almost like they melt into the dough and then burst. It’s great. I’m using a spicy salami for this. You can also use chorizo, which would be my second choice. Or pepperoni, which they don’t sell here.
I’m madly, passionately, head-over-heels in love with my baking stone since the first time I tried it. It gives your pizzas a restaurant quality that’s simply amazing. They’re not very expensive and can be used in your normal oven as well. If you’re a pizza or bread lover like me, you might want to consider buying one.
When using a BGE, fire it up. I used the plate setter and baking stone and got it up to 550F (275C), I gave mine 10 minutes. You could go higher but I needed the tomatoes to burst.
When using a regular oven preheat it to 450F (225C) and bake the pizza for 15 minutes. Keep an eye on it. When using a pizza stone in your oven, make sure you’ve heat the stone for at least 30 minutes before baking your pizza.
|My Favorite Toppings|
handful cherry tomatoes
small red onion
1/2 bell pepper
When using a BGE, fire it up. I used the plate setter and baking stone and got it up to 550F (275C), I gave mine 10 minutes. You could go higher but I needed the tomatoes to burst. When using a regular oven preheat it to 450F (225C) and bake the pizza for 15 minutes. Keep an eye on it. When using a pizza stone in your oven, make sure you’ve heat the stone for at least 30 minutes before baking your pizza.
Top the pizza with the arugula.
|Meal type:||main course|
|Quick Notes:||Mozzarella is easier to grate when first wrapped in plastic wrap and then frozen for 30 minutes. Pizza dough, sauce and spice recipes can be found at kayotickitchen.com.|