Monday, July 20, 2009

More Pizza

I don't think there's a better way to get someone over your house than to tell them you're making pizza for lunch. I'm really into this now, making a small four slice pizza that showcases the best that summer has to offer, and inviting someone over to enjoy it with me. Pizza is the best food to set a relaxing summer mood. It just screams informality. It's weird how food so often evokes a mood.
To be honest I didn't make this sauce from homegrown tomatoes. I used crushed San Marzano's. I sauteed some garlic and red pepper flakes in olive oil before removing them and swirling in the tomatoes. I left the sauce chunky. I think it's best that way.

I topped the pizza with the sauce, provolone cheese (that's what I had), pork sausage from a local farmer's market, pecorino and basil from my garden. The dough was made using Ruhlman's 5 to 3 flour to water ratio, and this time I remembered to halve the yeast to keep the crust from puffing too much.


Tino said...

Looks good. Ever thought of using a biga pre-ferment to give your dough even more flavor? With such simple ingredients you want to maximize the flavor in each one.

Tags said...

Next time the situation calls for screaming informality, I'll come right back to this post :=)

That's looks spectacular, BTW.

limoncello said...

It's no news that a guy who can cook has a HUGE advantage over all the rest when it comes to charming girls. But sometimes you just want to hang out with your buddies, so great pizza/wings/burger skills will win you over there, too. Keep your bases covered, Nick!