May 06, 2007

This Is Why I Never Order Pizza

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I never order pizza because I don’t like the taste of cardboard and grease and I dislike having to pay ridiculous prices for said cardboard and grease even more. When I make pizza I’m guaranteed that the crust won’t be too thick, too thin, bland or have any trace of sogginess. The toppings are whatever I want them to be and I’m not charged extra for seafood. It’s always hot and fresh whenever I make it and I don’t have to tip the oven for delivery.


I particularly enjoy my homemade pizza ever since I got a pizza pan that has holes in the bottom. It lets the air circulate nicely and produces a nice crisp crust every time, (the bbq will also achieve this, but some days you want to be inside). Like with most things, I hardly ever make the same pizza twice, there’s always something different. This time I used Giada’s pizza dough and covered it with a white sauce made out of garlic, white wine, freshly grated parmesan, milk, and cornstarch. Then I topped it with sliced scallops, marinated artichoke hearts, caramelized onions, homemade bacon, fried wild mushrooms and a sprinkling of parmesan. When was the last time you had take out like that?


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29 comments:

mrbunsrocks said...

OMG - that looks AMAZING. I love that combination. Thanks for sharing!

Arfi Binsted said...

We live in the countryside and is far away from the nearest town. Buying pizza is way on the bottom of our shopping list. I like making pizza myself. The kids just love to put their own topping. Have you tried making the dough with sourdough starter? It tastes really great!

Peabody said...

Mmmm, that sounds fantastic!

Amy said...

Oh Brilynn that looks absolutely mouthwatering! I'll definitely have to try this combination, scallops, bacon, artichokes hearts, caramelized onions, mushrooms are all some of my favorite things.

K & S said...

looks beautiful! I'll have to give that crust a try.

thepassionatecook said...

pizza on the bbq? are you serious? i'd never have thought that would work. i bought a weber gas bbq (with lid) last year, glad to see there are more uses to it than one. lid down, i assume? and straight on the grill?

Ellie said...

I feel absolutely the same way - I have not ordered pizza since I started making my own! I think it's a shame that more people don't do it, there's so many crappy products being made and sold out there that once you experience a good home-made one you can't go back!

Silvana said...

There's nothing worse than a half-cold, soggy-bottomed pizza. I've got a brilliant pizza stone that's made out of clay so it draws the moisture out of the bottom of the dough as it cooks and the finished pizza has a really crunchy base. Yum!

breadchick said...

Do you deliver? And if so, is Boston in your delivery zone?? Scallops, bacon and onion? Oh my god..I am so all over that pizza...

joey said...

I have that pan too! I haven't brought it out to play yet but now I definitely will! :)

Your pizza toppings sound fantastic! What if I call you to order pizza? Heehee :)

Little Foodie said...

Mmmmm, I know that my children would love this, as would we! I've tried most things on pizza but not this. Pizza for tomorrow night me thinks. Amanda

Cookie baker Lynn said...

That's an amazing pizza. Zero point in ordering out when you can produce such a superior product in your own kitchen (or barbecue).

gilly said...

Sounds amazing, Bri!

Mary said...

You had me at seafood.

Mary
www.ceresandbacchus.com

Deborah said...

Oh wow!! I am seriously craving pizza now. I have to admit that I have never had seafood on a pizza before, but this looks and sounds amazing.

Culinarily Curious said...

Hmm... I don't like the way pizza crust comes out in my oven, but maybe that's me, or my pan, or my oven and not the recipe... That said, this looks phenomenal! Do you do takeout? :)

Kelly-Jane said...

That sounds delicious! and those lovely flavours you've used - not to mention that gorgeous puffy crust.

Fruittart said...

Next time I'm too tired to make dinner and the kids are whining asking for pizza, can I just call you instead?? Mmmm, that looks tasty!

sher said...

Sigh! That's just fabulous looking. I imagine there would be riots in your house if you started ordering pizza, rather than make your wonderful pies.

Mary said...

What a coincidence! I was just flipping through my old issues of Bon Appetit yesterday and bookmarked the same pizza dough recipe from Giada.

Ivonne said...

I'm with, Brilynn! I'm with you!

Great pizza!

Cheryl said...

What do you mean you don't tip your oven? My oven has been ripping me off then.

I told my husband what you made and he went "oh wow". I agree.

Brilynn said...

Arfi- I've never tried making sourdough yet, it's on my massive to-do list.

Johanna- pizza on the bbq is awesome. I usually start by cooking one side of the crust all my itself, then flipping it over and adding the toppings and letting the other side cook. You can put it right on the grill, lid down. You could add some smoke too, cherry is nice.

Everyone else- I don't deliver but eat in and take out is always available!

Freya and Paul said...

Great unusual topping! Looks fabulous! Homemade pizza is always way better than bought!

Gattina said...

babe, I'm under an allergy attack, although my nose is all blocked, I feel that I still smell this over-the-top pizza!!! It is totally crazy, but I love it!!!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Bri, I don't order pizza at home either - after I made pizza for the first time João threw the pizza folders away! :)

Your pizza looks fantastic!

Kristen said...

That looks divine!

Lis said...

I couldn't agree more.. I refuse to order out pizza. It's so easy to make yourself!

This version looks amazing, Bril.. You done good!

xoxo

Susan said...

Nothing compares to homemade pizza, and yours looks fabulous! I wish I had a piece right now!