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Pizza Party, Part 2 – Toppings

2009 July 19
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by taiyyaba

Pizza toppings

So Angela and I spent a whole afternoon emailing back and forth about these toppings. We may or may not have been at work at the time.

We had four types of pizzas.

1. Plain tomato sauce and mixed cheese
2. Roasted vegetable and mozzarella
3. Chipotle chicken and pineapple with colby jack and cheddar
4. White pizza with onions, tomatoes, olives, topped with arugula and drizzled with balsamic vinegar (o.m.g.)

Firstly, you roll the dough out or spread it with your hands. If you overwork it at this point, the dough might start getting an attitude, like 3-year olds who just won’t move, no matter how much you try to drag them out of their chair. If this starts to happen, just leave it alone and let it sit for a few minutes to let it relax (this usually works with 3 year olds too), and then it’ll roll out nicely again.

Angela says: Heat oven to 415°F and grease a pizza pan. Stretch the pizza out by hand, fitting it to the pan. [me: for some extra oomph, we sprinkled the dough with garlic powder and herbs before baking.] Bake the dough for 7 or 8 minutes or until it turns a little brown. Add toppings and bake for another 8 to 10 minutes.

Pizza toppings
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All the toppings are pretty self explanatory. The roasted veggie pizza had balsamic-roasted red onions, eggplant, bell pepper, tomatoes, and mushrooms. I’ll elaborate on my two favorite pizzas in detail.

Chipotle chicken and pineapple pizza with colby jack and cheddar

1. Chicken: Overnight, marinate chicken in a mixture of pureed chipotle-in-adobo, cajun seasoning, and ranch dressing. Grill and cut into chunks.
2. Sauce: Into normal marinara sauce, mix in a bit of pureed chipotle-in-adobo, as much spice as you enjoy
3. Top pre-baked pizza dough with chipotle sauce, chicken, little bits of pineapple, and cheese. Something tangy would work best here – the bag I had was a mixture of colby jack and cheddar. Pepper jack would work great too.

White pizza with onions, tomatoes, olives, topped with arugula and drizzled with balsamic vinegar
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1. Prebake a pizza crust.
2. Spread on top of the pizza dough: very thinly sliced red or white onion, thinly sliced tomatoes, chopped olives, cheese (parmesan or some Italian blend), and parsley. Bake till cheese is melty and delicious.
3. When it comes out of the oven, top the pizza with fresh arugula. Put pizza back in the oven to wilt the arugula a little.
4. Before serving, drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

2 Responses leave one →
  1. Angela permalink
    July 19, 2009

    We are so fantastic sometimes it scares me.

  2. August 30, 2009

    What? Pizza party? I didn’t get an invite? Oh man.. so not fair.

    J/K. The pizza looks awesome. I’m sure it tasted great as well.

    I say you throw a sushi party, and get some other people to come and help. Just think, rolling your own sushi roll… just the way you like it. Mmmm….

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