Friday, January 19, 2007

Pizza Friday

Tonight we had our friends S and C over for Pizza Friday. This is the first time I've made pizza for anyone other than SP. I was a little worried about timing since we only have one pizza stone, but everything worked out fine.

Since we had company I decided to make a pizza parlor salad I saw Dave Lieberman make:

... with iceburg lettuce, feta, black olives, thinly sliced red onion and a tangy dressing.

When I asked S if he and C liked cheesy garlic bread he responded so enthusiastically that I knew I had to add it to the menu:

As always I slathered a baguette with a parsley and garlic butter and covered it with shredded cheddar, mozzarella and Pecorino. It baked in the oven along with the second pizza.

Since S and C are vegetarians I made broccoli pizza:

... only this time I made sure to add dollops of ricotta. This pizza was outstanding. I cooked the broccoli in oil with some garlic and red pepper flakes like last time, but the addition of the ricotta really made the pizza. All the components came together perfectly.

The other pizza was made with a spicy marinara, sausage, peppers and onions:

... and this, too, was outstanding. I don't mean to pat myself on the back, but I was really impressed with how the whole meal turned out. Everything tasted wonderful.
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  1. The pizzas look really good...especially the broccoli one! Do you make your dough?

  2. Thanks! They were very yummy. :) No, I don't make my own dough. I don't really have the time or inclination since I can get really good dough from an Italian bakery near my house. I hear it's easy to do, though. Maybe someday I'll give it a try.

  3. That broccoli pizza looks awesome! I remember when we had a woman stay with us many years ago, she was vegetarian and we all made a vegetarian pizza that night. We couldn't believe that a pizza without meat would taste good, but it was wonderful! Probably better than meat pizza! :)

    I have a question - did you cook the broccoli first before putting it on the pizza or did you put it straight on?

  4. Katie - I cook the broccoli before putting it on the pizza; if I didn't, it wouldn't cook through in the short amount of time it's in the oven. I cut the broccoli into very small pieces and saute it in some olive oil along with salt, pepper, minced garlic and some chili flakes. The chili flakes add a nice spicy kick and the garlic adds great flavor.

  5. You SHOULD pat yourself on the back, because obviously you did a great job! :-P


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