September 16, 2009

Pizza Night

ABF and I were in Trader Joe's 2 weekends ago and their 99 cent pizza dough caught my eye. All you have to do is roll it out, add toppings, and bake! I had everything at home.. I thought..until I discovered I had no cheese. It took me another week or so to get the mozzarella.

I rolled out the dough to form an almost-circle, then placed it into my new Williams-Sonoma pan (the ABF & I each picked up one for 7.50 last weekend at the Outlet!), which I was excited to use. I wasn't completely convinced the dough wouldn't sag through the holes in the pan, but I decided to give it a shot anyway.

I sliced thin pieces of fresh, salted mozzarella, raw sliced white onion, sliced bell peppers (a food I used to hate but which I now love), and then another layer of roughly grated mozzarella.

Popped it into a 425 degree oven for about 8 minutes, and was quite pleased with how it looked so far...but how would it taste? I used my super-duper Shun Santoku knife to cut the pizza, and heard the tell-tale crunch of the veggies when I sliced through them. I had two slices for dinner, and they were quite tasty! The crust wasn't crunchy, but it wasn't soggy, either. I wonder if par-baking the crust would make it crisp up more next time? Or baking at an even higher temp for less time?

I had two more slices for lunch today, and it reheated nicely! The only change I would make would be to pile even MORE veggies on there.

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