No Knead Pizza

Over the last couple of weeks I have started to make No Knead Bread every other day. Why? It is really tasty and takes no effort. Mix, let sit a day and bake. Nothing more, nothing less. Every time that I bite into the amazing crust of this bread, I think, this would be an awesome pizza crust. So, I made a pizza with it. How did it fare? Read on….

No Knead Pizza

The crust browned nicely making a perfect base for the pizza.

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Chicken Spinach and Mushroom Pizza

The other day I wanted to make a little lighter pizza that did not have the heavy red sauce on it. So I decided to make a nice light chicken pizza. With a base of seasoned whipped ricotta topped with chicken and sauteed spinach and mushrooms. It was one of tastiest pizzas I have ever made.

On a side note, make sure that your ricotta cheese is good.  Mine had an expiration date of two weeks from now and it was moldy.  Yeah, I know.  So gross.

Chicken Spinach and Mushroom Pizza
Chicken Spinach and Mushroom Pizza

I finally broke out the stone again after getting a new pizza peel. So much better than using a pizza pan.

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Thanksgiving Pizza

This week I have preparing for Thanksgiving.  It all started when Foodbuzz.com and Shadybrook Farms sent me a Turkey Breast.  From there I made Potatoes, Biscuits and Stuffing.  Traditionally the day after Thanksgiving is filled with shopping deals a lot of leftovers.  I have been thinking about ways to use the leftovers.  I have finally figured out the perfect thing.  Thanksgiving Pizza.  Start with a biscuit pizza crust and layer on the leftovers.  It is the perfect food.  It combines pizza with all of the favorites from Thanksgiving.  The ultimate day after Thanksgiving meal. Thanksgiving Pizza!

Thanksgiving Leftover Pizza
Thanksgiving Leftover Pizza

Topped with a little cheddar cheese, this pizza is awesome!!!

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And I am Back…With Butternut Squash Pizza

Sorry to everyone for being gone the last couple of days. I appreciate all of your thinking of me. On a side note – Guess who doesn’t have to stand in line for a swine flu shot, Yep me!!! I got the antibodies the hard way. 48 hours with a 102+ temperature. However, I am back. I have come with pizza. Not any pizza, a roasted butternut squash pizza. Savory and Sweet it was the perfect comeback recipe.

Butternut Squash Pizza
Butternut Squash Pizza

Roasted Butternut Squash, Onions, Fresh Mozzarella and Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese.

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Football Food – Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Yesterday I had friends over to watch College Football.  We were hungry and I didn’t have much in the house.  However, I had some frozen wings, some wingsauce and 1 hour to make a pizza dough.  So I made Buffalo Chicken Pizza.  Super simple and so darn tasty.

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Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

I have been making pizzas quite a bit on the blog. My old roommate Mark asks me each time I post a pizza, when are you going to write about the Chicago style pizza you used to make back in college. Well Mark, this one is for you. Quite frankly I was scared to recreate … Read moreChicago Deep Dish Pizza

Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza

I have been on a real pizza kick lately.  Today I wanted to use some chicken breasts that I had in the refrigerator, but I didn’t want to just grill them.  I also didn’t want to use the oven as it is still hovering around 95 degrees in DC.  So I decided to make a grilled bbq chicken pizza.  Grilling pizza is simple and it makes the crust taste awesome.

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School Cafeteria Pizza

A couple of weeks ago a reader emailed me and asked me if I could recreate the square school cafeteria pizza that we all ate when we were younger.  I didn’t think it would be that hard.  I love pizza and recreating the pizza that I grew up with shouldn’t be that hard, right?  Well it took a little time.  I tried a standard pizza crust, but it did not come out right.  The crust of the pizza at school was a lot sweeter and didn’t have a complex flavor.  So I started from scratch.  Flour, water and salt.  Then it was either too light or too dense, and it was not sweet enough.  Then I added some sugar, fixed the water at a standard amount and added flour until it was perfect.  Then came the sauce.  The sauce was also sweet and rather basic.  So I grabbed a couple of cans of tomato sauce and paste and worked it until it was perfect.  The hardest part as there is nothing like it online or in cookbooks.  Nobody has successfully recreated the pizza that I loved as a child.  Until now.  It is pretty darn tasty.  Even though my palate has evolved since childhood, the first bite of this pizza brought me right back to grade school.

School Cafeteria Pizza
School Cafeteria Pizza

Since the pizzas we all loved as children were pre-manufactured I had to blind bake the crust just like the company does before it is frozen and shipped out.  Here is my take on the classic.

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Banana Dessert Pizza

The other day I had some friends over for a barbecue. I wanted to make a dessert but had no idea what to make. Then I decided to make a dessert pizza in the style of banana’s foster. While I did not flambe it, I still gave it the characteristic flavor.

So Tasty!!
So Tasty!!

As you can see I covered it in icing too. Like bacon, everything is better with icing.

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Tostada Pizza

When I was in college I used to go to this restaurant with great pizza. One of my favorite pizzas was the tostada pizza. Basically it was taco pizza. Since the bread sticks yesterday only used one pizza dough and the recipe makes two, I figured I would try to recreate the pizza today.

Only the best pizza around
Only the best pizza around

This pizza took me right back to college. It was spicy and full of the flavors one would expect from a taco.

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Cheese Filled Breadsticks

When I was in college there was this pizzaria that delivered the beautiful cheese filled breadsticks. They were awesome.  Basically a mix between a mozzarella stick and a breadstick.  This recipe, however simple, took a couple of tries as I needed to get the right cheese.  After having the right cheese, it took a while to determine the proper way to wrap the cheese so that it didn’t escape.  Below are the perfect cheese filled breadsticks.

The only breadsticks I eat.
The only breadsticks I eat.

As you can see the cheese and bread come together in one amazing little package.

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Reuben Pizza

I love reubens and I love pizza, so it is only natural that I make a reuben pizza. This pizza took a couple of times to make before it made the website. Just so you know, thousand island dressing is a bad idea for a sauce. Trust me, I tried it. You also have to completely drain the sour kraut. If not, your pizza is going to be really soggy. For being a pizza, there are a lot of elements that need to be right to make the perfect pie. Luckily for you, I don’t give up easily. As for tonight, I have created the perfect reuben pie.

The perfect reuben pie
The perfect reuben pie

The key to the perfect reuben pie is the sauce. What kind of sauce did I use? Well you are going to have to keep on reading.

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Grilled Shrimp Pizza

I love pizza but it is so hot outside that I don’t want to heat up the oven.  So I decided to make a pizza on the grill.  It is extremely easy and the crust is amazing.  Using a basic pizza crust you can create an awesome pizza in minutes. The grill adds such a … Read moreGrilled Shrimp Pizza