Feeling tempted by the food photos you see on social media, billboards, and TV commercials then wish you could enjoy that dish in the comfort of your home? You can! Just yesterday morning, we talked about having a pizza party with Emma, a college freshman, and her friends. With a little ‘all hands on deck’ kitchen fun, the dream became reality.
Sundays are perfect for cooking and in the morning I made a double batch of dough, adding one-third whole wheat flour. After shaping the dough into six balls (which is a nice shoulder workout!), I tucked them into the fridge to quietly do their thing, then took them out to continue doing their thing at room temp. while the oven preheated.
Getting the oven HOT is critical, and a pizza stone or baking steel is an added bonus. Emma and I tinkered with cheeses and toppings, admiring the bin of fresh veggies from the Saturday market, and the extra bacon from Saturday’s breakfast. We weren’t exactly boycotting pepperoni but not a single disc of cured pork appeared on our pizza six-pack.
At 5:00 pm the first one emerged from my blazing hot oven, just as the girlfriends started filing in. This one vanished so we made another, then four more topped with various veggie combinations. That first one was the hero and acting quickly, I snapped a photo before the disappearing act. I posted the pic on Instagram and a dear friend in Rhode Island asked if I deliver:) Y E S is the answer! Delivering recipes to your inbox so you can realize the dream in your home kitchen.
A well-stocked pantry is a girl’s best friend! Coupled with weekly trips to the farmers’ market (or an approachable interval that suits your schedule) you can be the master of your kitchen. When pizza popped into my mind, I was ready with the dough ingredients and an overflowing produce drawer. Phone some friends, they will be jazzed to receive the invite! ~~Happy Cooking!
B L T Pizza
You will need some dough, I recommend making your own which is quick work and pays dividends as I’ve outlined here
For the topping:
2 tablespoons mayonnaise (gasp! trust!)
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, minced or crushed
4 strips of cooked bacon, torn into 1-inch pieces
1 cup coarsely grated sharp white cheddar
handful of grape tomatoes, halved or quartered if large
handful of arugula microgreens or chopped arugula
HEAT the oven to 500.
COMBINE the mayo with the pepper, parmesan, and garlic in a small bowl. Carefully spoon it over one 12-inch stretched out pizza dough. Scatter the bacon over, then top with the cheddar and tomatoes.
BAKE in the hot oven until the crust edge is deep golden and the toppings are bubbly, about 10 minutes. Rotate if necessary. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the arugula of choice. Cut into 8 or 12 slices and serve immediately.
Make more pizzas with the remaining dough, or triple these ingredients and make 3 B L T’s