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Philly Cheesesteak Pizza

This recipe was made last night.  And was supposed to be posted last night.  But this happened:

Just kidding.  I actually had a huge migraine when I got home from my clinical, but managed to throw the pizza together since most of it was already made.  I had promised this pizza to Fritz for two days, so I didn’t want to go yet another day without delivering (get it?  delivering? pizza? yeah…).  But by the time it came to posting, I just couldn’t do it.

So here it is, a day later and, happily, headache free.

Philly Cheesesteak Pizza

  • 1 recipe for pizza crust (this is my favorite recipe and makes enough for three pizzas)
  • 1-2 T steak sauce of choice (A1 would be good, I used Worcestershire)
  • 2 medium onions, sliced thinly
  • 3-4 oz steak, sliced thinly (I used leftover flank steak)
  • 1/2 C shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees, with the pizza stone inside for at least 20 minutes (no pizza stone?  Use the back of a baking sheet!).  Meanwhile, slowly caramelize the onion over medium heat–you can add a teaspoon full of sugar if you want.  I used red onions and I would have liked them to be a bit sweeter! 

On a piece of parchment paper, stretch out the dough to about a 10′ circle.  Spread with the steak sauce, and top with the caramelized onion and steak.  Finish off with a sprinkle of cheese, and a little salt and pepper.  Bake on the pizza stone for about 15 minutes, until the cheese is browned and the crust is golden.

You should probably brush the edges with olive oil, but I forgot and the world didn’t end.

Fritz was a huge fan of this pizza–which is not at all surprising.  Total man pizza.

I sprinkled mine with a bit more Worcestershire sauce.  As a side note, I would like to know how something spelled “Worcestershire” is pronounced with only three syllables. 

Something is totally wrong there.

I am in the process of slow cooking some apple butter right now, and it should be all done and ready for eatin’ by tomorrow morning.  Have a nice night (wine or not!).

Oh, and check out some of these beauties from our garden:

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Sage & Butternut Squash Pizza

Fall came crashing into my life today in the most delicious way ever.  Let me teach you the way:

Butternut squash + goat cheese + sage + homemade roasted garlic pizza sauce = the best fall inspired pizza known to mankind.

Seriously.  And don’t just take my word for it.  Make it yourself.

I was inspired by a recipe in a vegetarian cookbook I read through at the thrift store–they are the ones who gave me the idea for butternut squash and sage together on pizza.  The execution is so basic that you don’t need a real recipe, anyway.  But here’s some anyway, “just in cases” (10 points if you can name that quote).

Here’s the basic pizza dough recipe, and here’s the roasted garlic and pepper tomato sauce I used.  The pizza dough recipe makes enough for three pies, but this recipe made two pies.  Freeze the last third of the dough to use some other time!  My measurements are all very approximate–because I didn’t measure and because pizza is so specific to individual tastes!  Just try it and see.

Sage & Butternut Squash Pizza

  • pizza dough for two pies
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes
  • dash of salt
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • handful of fresh sage leaves (about 20 per pie)
  • 1/2 C-1 C sauce for each pie
  • 3 oz crumbled goat cheese (to split between the two pies)
  • 1-2 C shredded mozzarella cheese (depends on your personal taste)

Spread the butternut squash and half the sage leaves on a baking sheet (I used a deep glass one).  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the squash is tender.  I did this while the pizza dough was rising.

This is quick and easy.  Preheat the oven to 450 degrees (the hotter the better!) and set your pizza stone inside to heat up.  If you don’t have a stone, you can use the back of a baking sheet to bake the pizza on, but don’t worry about preheating it beforehand.

Spread the dough out to a circle with a roughly 10″ diameter on top of a piece of parchment paper sprinkled with cornmeal.  Spoon the sauce on top, and sprinkle with the two types of cheese.  Layer half the butternut squash and sage leaves over the top, and add a few more fresh sage leaves.

Don’t forget to brush the edges with olive oil!

Slide the pizza and parchment paper from the table top on to a large plate or baking sheet back, then transfer it on the stone in the oven.  Bake for 15 minutes or so, until the bottom and edges are browned and the cheese is bubblin’.

Best served sliced and eaten immediately so the cheese burns your mouth.

Then again, that might just be my way.

I absolutely love the taste and texture of goat cheese on pizza–it’s so good!  It makes the slightly boring taste of butternut squash become exciting.

Lastly, this pizza is ridiculously filling with all the squash on top–Fritz and I didn’t even finish a pizza between the two of us (but we really, really wanted to).

Have a good night!

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Breakfast (in bed) Pizza

Wow.  Today has been such a lovely day!  Fritz and I stayed up late last night talking, so I decided to surprise him with breakfast in bed, using some leftover pizza dough from last night.

The recipe for pizza crust that I used makes enough for three 12″ pizzas, and I used two of them last night and refrigerated the last one.  With the addition of eggs and other breakfasty things, it transformed into a perfect weekend morning eat-in-bed kind of breakfast.

I have a vague memory of eating breakfast pizza only one other time in my life–I’m pretty sure it was at a sleepover at my friend Angie’s house while I was in grade school, and I really loved it then…even though I think it came from a gas station.  I think.

You can use any pizza crust recipe–this spelt pizza crust I’ve used in the past is really good, or try out the basic crust I used yesterday (both require rise time):

Basic Pizza Crust (from America’s Test Kitchen) Basic Pizza Dough Printable Card

  • 4 1/4 C all-purpose flour (you can substitute bread flour for a crispier crust or wheat flour for a denser one)
  • 1 package yeast
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 3/4 C warm water
  • 1 1/2 t salt

In a mixer, combine the dry ingredients (only 4 C of flour to start), then mix in the olive oil and water.  Knead for five minutes using the dough hook, adding the remaining flour to stop sticking if necessary.  Place in an oiled bowl, covered with plastic wrap, and allow it to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about an hour an a half.  Once ready, punch it down, divide into three, and cover with plastic again–allow it to rest for 20-30 minutes while you get the toppings ready.

If you want, you can wrap the dough in plastic after they rise once and store in the fridge for a day.  I’m not sure how well freezing it would work, but I may give it a try once my freezer has emptied out a bit.

Sorry there are no pictures of the dough-making process.  I didn’t want to blog it last night, but you really need to make this breakfast pizza.  Need to.

To assemble the pizza:

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees (make it hot, baby!) with a pizza stone in the oven on a middle-lower rack.

If you are a serious pizza maker, buy a pizza stone.  They come pretty cheap and they make your pizza crispy on the bottom in just a few minutes.  This is the first time I ever used it and man, oh man, it makes a difference.  By the way, thanks for my pizza stone, Mom!

Lay out a piece of parchment paper big enough for your pizza and sprinkle it with cornmeal.  Stretch out your pizza dough to 12″–I find it easiest to do this with my hands and not with a rolling-pin, but whatever floats your boat. 

Top the pizza however you want, brush the edges with olive oil, and slide the parchment paper on an upside down cookie sheet, walk over to the oven, and slide that pie off on the pizza stone, with the parchment paper.  Once it’s cooked, it’s really easy to slide the pizza off the parchment paper, but not so much beforehand.  Be careful.  The oven is hot.  Cook for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is brownin’ and the sauces bubblin’.

And for some breakfast pizza inspiration?  Here’s what I did:

Dough.  Maple syrup.  Scrambled eggs (five of them).  A green onion, diced.  Ham.  Salt and pepper.  Mozzarella cheese.  Yeah baby.

Breakfast on top of a crispy pizza crust?  Better than you think.  The best part was the subtle maple syrup taste, but I bet it’d be great with a pesto base, too.

Morning is Henry’s craziest time.  When he transforms from nice cat into what we fondly refer to as crack cat.  When he viciously attacks anything that moves.  When he runs faster than Seabiscuit back and forth through the house.

This lasts for about a half an hour, then he checks out the view from the window and snuggles with Fritz.  Standard morning for him.

So tender.

Fritz and I also completed a long-awaited DIY project today that you’ll be able to see for yourselves tomorrow.  Have a great night!

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Very Veggie Pizza (with Whole-Wheat Dough)

In celebration (yes, celebration!) of yesterday’s Meatless Monday, I made a pizza.  We were tired, and I didn’t feel like going to the gym–but I did feel like playing with my new light box!  By the time I got dinner started it was already dark outside, so you get to experience how food looks in our new box.  It’s not better than natural light by any means, but it is eons better than what I had before.

Start off by making the dough, because it’ll need to rise and you can get all the toppings ready once it’s busy doing its…you know…thang.

Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough  (adapted from In Great Taste by Evelyn Lauder)

  • 1 C spelt flour
  • 1 C whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 C wheat germ
  • 1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 pkg active dry yeast
  • 2 t salt
  • 1 t sugar
  • 1 1/4 C warm water
  • 1 T olive oil

First I had to make the spelt flour.  Because my mom is amazing and scatters kitchen gifts in her wake wherever she goes, I have a coffee grinder that also works perfectly to make grains into flour.  You can also experiment here with what kind of flours to use–the original recipe used all-purpose flour for the whole thing and suggested subbing half whole-wheat.

Add all the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl, combine, and make a well for the wet ingredients.  Pour them in, making sure the water is warm but not hot enough to kill the yeast.  Mix thoroughly and knead for ten minutes on a tabletop or about half the time with the KitchenAid.

Cover bowl with Saran wrap and allow to rise until doubled in size, about forty minutes.  Meanwhile, prepare your toppings.

Very Veggie Pizza

  • Whole-Wheat pizza dough
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 C basic pesto sauce (remember this recipe? Get a few cubes out of the freezer!)
  • chopped veggies (I used 1/2 bell pepper, a tomato, olives, 3 scallions, and 1/2 onion–all the leftovers in the fridge!)
  • parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top (optional)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  While the dough is rising, chop the veggies and place the canned tomatoes into a saucepan.  Let them simmer until thickened into a sauce.

Once the dough has risen, punch it down and divide into two.  Roll out into a circle 10-12″ in diameter, and if you want an authentic feel, dust the bottom with cornmeal.  Place on a cookie sheet and spread with half the pesto, leaving 1/4″ bare on the edges.  Cover with half of the tomato sauce, then layer on half the vegetables and top with a sprinkle of the parmesan cheese.

Repeat with the other pizza.  When the oven is hot, bake the pizza on the middle rack for about 12 minutes until crispy on the bottom and the vegetables are cooked through.  If you want, you can broil it for a minute or two to blacken the toppings a little–but I didn’t want them overcooked.

This crust is my favorite that I’ve ever made.  It was perfectly crisp on the bottom, but still just doughy enough under the veggies to satisfy my pizza craving 100%–I didn’t want a flatbread sandwich, I wanted a pizza!  However, by far the perfect touch was the pesto sauce under the tomatoes.

It was divine.

And the best part is, you get leftovers to bring to school the next day!

What do you think about our lightbox photos?  Pretty crazy background there, huh?

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