The Food Matters Project: Pizza
After a highly productive Sunday, there was a serious sense of reward as I pulled a hot, fresh, homemade pizza out of my oven. Eating this pizza in a clean apartment, with all of the laundry put away, made it feel like that much more of an accomplishment.
I've often made pizza at home, but this had to be the best one yet and I'm pretty positive it was the dough. There's just not a lot you can do to recreate the taste of dough that's been fermenting for 6-8 hours. I highly recommend giving Mr. Bittman's pizza dough a shot for your next pizza night. It's as easy as it could be too, throw all of your ingredients in a bowl in the morning before work (or a day full of cleaning and laundry), mix and let it sit until that evening. Our host this week is Niki and you can get the complete recipe over on her blog, Salt & Pepper.
My pizza was simple. Topped with a little quick, homemade tomato sauce, some blanched asparagus, a little spinach pesto and mozzarella cheese. There was some leftover tomato sauce, and it was just so good we spooned a little more over our slices before digging in.
To make the tomato sauce I just threw a combination of roma and cherry tomatoes (what I had available) in my Vitamix with some fresh basil, 4 cloves of garlic (they were smallish and we really like garlic) half a small yellow onion, about a teaspoon of brown sugar and some other random dry herbs. I then let the sauce simmer in a small saucepan for about 30 minutes while I got the rest of the ingredients together.