Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Friday Night is Pizza Night

Friday pizza night brings nostalga of my suburban childhood Friday nights—only in my house, the pizza was delivered by Dominos (yes, we ate Dominos, happily, and don’t judge, you did too in the 90s!)

There are very few meals which we repeat at 432 Bleecker, but one of our favorites is our homemade pizza.  This recipe is probably our most collaborative—as the crust recipe is from my family and Jon came up with the rest!

Last Friday was a bit crazy.  After work, I went to the gym and then made a quick pit stop into Macy’s.  I am so proud of myself, I went in and out of the Macy’s in midtown in 20 min!  Normally Macy’s is like a black hole, I loose all sense of time and end up wandering around aimlessly holding armloads of cloths that I just can’t live without.  But, I am really trying to be good and budget conscious! (Jon even commented how good I have been lately—but then I blew it by buying $100 worth of hair care… my hair was seriously dry!).  But back to Friday.  We needed new pillows, we had washed ours the other day and they never fully dried.  Now, for all the women, this part will make absolute sense to you, I was looking for new soft down pillows and found the “hotel collection” which are normally $120/pillow on sale for $35.  I am ecstatic, naturally, I grab two and run up to the register and proudly tell the cashier how proud of myself I am scoring this major awesome deal!  She validated my feelings, making the shopping purchase even more fabulous. 

I make it home (on the L train with a big bag of pillows)—I was hitting hipsters left and right with those things, so satisfying.  Don’t worry, the pillows were encased in two layers of hard plastic—so no hipster dust… After I drop of my pillows I run to food bazaar and grab all the ingredients.  Finally, sigh, back home.  Now, all I need is for Jon to come home and do all the work so I can sit, relax, and watch a romantic comedy! (Netflix just got “Father of the Bride!” Score!) But, then my iPhone vibrates, its Jon, he is stuck at work… so I am going to have to do it all myself (gasp!). 

Jon gets home right as the pizza is coming out of the oven (9:00pm).  I am so excited to tell him all about my pillow purchase!  But, Jon does not understand the fantastic deal I just got.  He says “$35 per pillow… jeez… why didn’t you just buy the $10 ones.”  Because the $10 are like cardboard.  He scoffed then, but I see him sleeping like a baby every night on our new pillows.  That’s why I like buying things like that, Jon would never, but he deserves a little comfort in his life.  And this way, he’s happy thinking he’s the king of frugality, and I’m happy, because I get to buy nice stuff (only when it’s on sale). 

Jon & Jessica’s Pizza

Pizza Dough: 15 min Prep + 1 hour rise
2 cups all purpose flour
¼ cup whole wheat flour
1 t salt
1 cup water
1 T olive oil
1 T sugar or honey
1 T (or package) yeast

Put all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.  In a 2 cup measuring cup, add 1 cup of water (warm) and yeast.  Add sugar or honey and stir.  You will know the yeast is activated if it starts to get foamy.  Add the olive oil to the foamy mixture.  Pour into dry ingredients.  With a wooden spoon stir until ingredients just start to come together.  Then, with flowed hands, work the dough into a ball.  (if you need to add more water, do so by the T full).  Once dough is in a ball, put onto the counter.  Spray a large bowl with olive oil (or put a bit in the bottom) put dough on top and cover with plastic wrap or a towel.  Set aside for 1 hour.  While it is rising make the pizza sauce and prepare toppings.

Pizza Sauce
1 16oz can of tomato puree (Italian variety)
4 cloves of garlic
2 shallots (med)
¼ cup of sugar
1 cup vinegar or wine
3 T Fresh Basil
1 TSalt
1 T Pepper
1 T Crushed Red pepper or more to taste
2T olive oil

Toppings:*
¼ cup of prosciutto
1 package of mixed wild mushrooms
Tarragon
4 oz fresh mozzarella cheese (water packed)
¼ cup Parmigianino Reggiano cheese
*topping are really your call—put on what you like!

Preheat oven to 425.  Sautee garlic and shallots in the olive oil on high in a large pot until fragrant, approx 2 min, then add all if the tomato puree, sugar, and vinegar or wine.  Add salt.  Bring to a simmer and reduce.  After reduced and thicker, add the basil, pepper, and Crushed red pepper.  Turn to low and cover.

Saute mushroom with 1T butter.  Do not crowd mushrooms.  Add chopped tarragon at the end. 

Roll out pizza dough and place on a medium baking sheet.  (Circle or square, we just use a standard cookie sheet).  Spread sauce over the dough evenly (not too much).  Add prosciutto, mushrooms, and then cover with mozzarella cheese and reggiano cheese.  Brush sides of crust with garlic oil or truffle oil (if you have) or just plain olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt. 

Bake for 15-20min or until crust is a medium brown color.  Let sit for 5-10 min.  Slice and serve.  

Since Jon and I are lazy sometimes, we don't have a picture of the pizza.  But, I have included something just as delicious!







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