Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BBQ Pizza

Let me just start off by saying we LOVE pizza!

But we love GOOD pizza.

And let me tell you for some reason good pizza is really hard to find here. Most places are chains or delivery then when you do find a place that is "sit down" it is usually geared towards the after sports bunches. Where did all the family pizza places of the past go?

Anyhow we had found one place that had a decent pizza and atmosphere but more times then not when we would head over it was just too long of a wait. So we waisted time and gas for nothing.

Then we headed to the PNW earlier in the year and OMG it is pizza heaven up there. Great pizza, great little places. I think we had pizza almost our whole trip.

Anyhow that trip pretty much made us even pickier about our pizza. So I figured I would experiment at home.

What do you know, I can make a pretty good pizza.

So every Friday its PIZZA NIGHT! Sometimes a mid week pizza even pops in there...What can I say we LOVE our pizza.

Our favorite is the BBQ "chicken-less" pizza. Just a little BBQ sauce, red onions, cilantro, and cheese. Sometimes we add pineapple sometimes not. But it is always delish!

Homemade Pizza

2 C flour
1 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp sugar
1 C hot water (115-120 degrees)
2 1/4 tsp active yeast (or one pack)
2 TBSP olive oil
cornmeal (optional)

* Preheat oven to 500 degrees
* In a measuring up get 1C hot water 
* Add sugar and stir
* Add yeast and stir
* Set aside till it is foamy
* In a large bowl add flour and salt (stir to incorporate)
* Add water/yeast mix
* Add olive oil
* Mix well (it should make a ball and pull off the sides of the bowl)
* Cover and let sit for 1/2 hour (I cover the bowl with a cookie sheet or you can use a damp tea towel)
* Dump dough on a well floured board, Sprinkle with flour and flip over. Keep doing this until the dough is no longer sticking to your hands (about 4-5 times)
* Now kneed the dough till you can feel it get "bouncy"
* On the board shape into a ball and set aside for about 5 min.
* Get your toppings ready
* On a cookie sheet (or pizza stone) sprinkle some cornmeal
* Now start pressing out your dough gently into the shape you a bit and then flip to the other side. Add more flour as you go along if needed. Keep doing that till you get the shape you want
* Transfer gently to the sheet or stone (be careful with your fingers....if you poke though you can fix it on the tray or just form the ball and start biggie)
* Add your sauce (use the back of the spoon in a circular motion...this helps gently spread the dough more as well)
* Add toppings
* Pop in the oven and cook till done. You will be able to tell. The crust will be golden and done and just cook the toping to your liking.
* When done transfer to your cutting board an let cool for a bit (this is usually when we have our salad) * Cut and enjoy!

**This makes us a "average" crust rectangle pizza that cuts into 12, 3X3 squares (give or take)
** Be creative with your toppings
** Don't get discouraged, I think I was about 5 pizzas in before I was really "happy" with the outcome. Once you do it a few times you will know just how much to kneed and how much flour etc...its a learning curve.

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