So one of my resolutions this year is to cook something I haven’t made before every week. Ambitious I know, but I like a challenge. Anyone who knows me and my eating habits know that I have an addiction to pizza. If I was stranded on an island and could only eat one kind of meal it would be pizza. There are just so many different varieties, from toppings, to crust, to how it’s cooked. The possibilities are endless. I figure there is no better way to start of this challenge than by making my favorite meal. Now granted I’ve made pizzas before so it wasn’t too far outside my element like making beef wellington would be. I even had a certain pizza in mind. I went to the library last night to check out this book I’ve used before call Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas by Craig Priebe. It’s all about cooking your pizza on a BBQ. It’s delicious and loads of work… I mean fun. However, when I went to the library last night the book was checked out. Who is doing some pizza barbequing in January? That should have been my first signal to change tactics and move on, but I haven’t had pizza in 2 weeks and I was going through withdrawal. I will not give up.
I should have given up. At 12pm I decided to try a recipe I saw in a Cooking Light magazine. Wait the dough has to be refrigerated overnight?! Who plans that far in advance? I’m starting to think I wouldn’t make it as a housewife. Back to plan A… I go online and luckily someone has posted the pizza dough from Craig’s book online and Craig himself has the rest of the recipe on his website. The day has been saved. Or so I thought. His dough only takes 2 hours to rise and 1 hour in the fridge and since it’s my day off it’s doable. First I’ll get the dough made so it can rise while I’m at the store getting the ingredients. I’m gonna double the recipe and freeze the other half so I can be lazy next week. Look at me planning ahead.
Dough ingredients: yeast (check), flour (check), cornmeal (check), olive oil (check), where is my kosher salt? I just bought a whole box not too long ago. I couldn’t find the kosher salt anywhere… anywhere! Called mom: “I didn’t even know we had that”. Called dad: “No I don’t use kosher salt”. Ok so it has to be around here somewhere. After 30 minutes I look up kosher salt substitutes. Regular salt. I thought to myself, “no I’m gonna do this right”… actually I thought “hmm sea salt sounds fancy enough.” But noooo the sous chef (aka bf… soon to be ex sous chef) demanded we have the right stuff. Damn choleric. Change of plans. Go to the store and get ingredients… oh ya and propane because the one time I want to barbeque we are out. Get back and it’s what?! 4:30! Hurry and finish dough. Rise! Rise Lazarus Rise! As I check the rest of my pizza tasks I spill water all over my keyboard…. Why didn’t I just print out the recipe?! Next time I won’t care so much about stupid trees. After I restart the computer due to keyboard malfunction and glitching I move on to the toppings. First herb olive oil. No problem. Second chunky tomato basil sauce… ummm I thought I had tomato paste?
All in all we ate around 9pm. So after 8 hours of preparation, $16 for propane, $20 for groceries, 2 trips to the store, 3 fights, and 1 less boyfriend you might wonder was it worth it?
If you want to try these out here are the links to the dough and pizza grilling recipes.