One girl's cooking adventures from a lowly hotplate to a full-fledged (if small) kitchen
November 8, 2011
When in Doubt, Make a Pizza!
Enter the Trader Joe's fresh pizza dough. Sam and I have discovered the wonders of making your own pizza fresh from the oven. I even got these really cool circular pizza pans for our wedding with holes in the bottom to let the heat properly bake the pies evenly. It's been a revelation and we now always seem to have pizza makings in our fridge and extra dough in the freezer. I've already mentioned my fear of baking with yeast (hence the fact that I run to TJ's for $1.79 dough instead of making my own) so this is a wonderful substitute. As long as you have tomato sauce and grated cheese, your option are endless. Tonight's pie? Arugula and salami with a taste of truffle salt. Paired with a salad drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette, it was the perfect antidote to an otherwise uninspired meal.
When it comes to pizza, let your imagination (and fridge) guide you. Have some mushrooms, broccolini, and potatoes? Slice them thin and throw them on! Have some leftover charcuterie from a delicious dinner party? That will work too! My favorite? Fresh tomatoes and garlic. Simply delicious.
The only specific recipe I'll give you is bake your pizza at 500 degrees for roughly 12-13 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is golden brown. It will come out perfectly every time.
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