I had put out a call for suggestions on Twitter, and got back a couple good answers. Daffy (go visit her blog. No seriously, go. I'll wait.) suggested basil. Hmm...interesting. I don't often use basil in my cooking, which is odd cause I do really like it. Ok, so that was one good suggestion. Then I got another suggestion for homemade pizza. Ooo....I like. As an added bonus, I would be able to combine the two suggestions when I finally did embark on my kitchen adventures.
As I usually do, I went to foodnetwork.com to start my search for a basic pizza dough recipe. I settled on a recipe by Mr. Bobby Flay this time, which you can find here. This dough came together really easily, and made enough for two 12" pizzas. The dough I didn't plan to use right away I put in the fridge and just used the next day. The first time I made the dough, I used white whole wheat flour, which gave a chewier texture than the all-purpose flour I used the next time. Both were delish, it just depends on what your preference is for crusts.
The first pizza I made was, what one might call, a "gourmet" pizza. But I call a crazy pizza. I made a quick alfredo sauce (cream, bay leaf, little bit of flour) for the base, then sauteed some apples and onions in a pan before adding them on top. On that, a thin layer of sliced ham. Last, some crumbled bacon, then the topping of mozzarella cheese. It tasted awesome, but was kind of a mess because it was so tall.
The next of which was just a simple margarita pizza. Margarita meaning tomato, mozzarella, and basil. Which turned out superbly.
I have made a couple more since this first time, as I mentioned. One I don't have a picture of, was a delicious veggie pizza with sauteed zucchini, onions, and broccoli. The other one that you'll see below, is a BBQ chicken pizza. BBQ sauce for the base (obviously), chunks of chicken, tomato, bacon, onion, and a mix of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses.
And with that my friends, I leave you with my pizza-inspired post. Until next time!