one quiet pizza party

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After some of our pizza parties, we all collapse exhausted and wait for the flour to settle, giggling and full on the couch. This one was different, peaceful.  It was conveniently timed because I was studying at home that day to prep for a two hour presentation, and so had plenty of time to make dough. It was relaxing to knead between readings. Toppings came together slowly. Our first CSA box held some inspiring pizza toppings: large thick carrots, bulbous red onions and a sprig of thyme. I sauteed onions, softening them into long sweet caramelized strips. The carrots were cooked in butter and with the thyme …  our most adventurous pizza topping. Dan brought a can of tomatoes and seasoned them for sauce while I defrosted the last jar of frozen pesto from July’s bounty of basil at East New York Farms. Pair that with Brooklyn’s own Salvatore riccotta and fresh mozzarella, a lone chicken sausage crumbled and cooked, and a sprinkling of chives + coarse salt, and we had our spread.

Pizza Dough

2 tsp (active dry) yeast

1 cup water

dash of honey

3 cups flour (mix of white/whole wheat)

1/2 tsp salt

2 Tbsp olive oil

Mix warm water and yeast, and let sit five minutes. Add honey and one cup of flour, and allow bubbles to begin to form. Fold in salt and olive oil. Add 2 more cups flour, stirring and then kneading. Try not to break the strands of gluten as they develop. Let rise for one hour in clean bowl rubbed with olive oil. Roll out and bake! (This recipe should be doubled, tripled or quadrupled if making pizza for a crowd. Each batch of dough in this quantity makes 2 medium pizzas.)

Toppings:

Caramelized onions, carrots in butter, chicken sausage, cheeses, herbs. (Always wish I had sauteed mushrooms, but not this day.)

Tomato Sauce — canned crushed tomatoes, or frozen from summer if you still have. add spices of your choice, garlic, and salt, and allow to thicken over medium heat for ten minutes.

Pesto — mine was basil, garlic, pine nuts and some hard cheese, perhaps Ouray or Parmesean? I used some and some and didn’t label very well when freezing!


We made four or five pizzas, each a different incarnation of the above toppings. It was late and we’d all already eaten. This was also the first night I experimented with candles in our common room as an alternative to overhead lighting, and they twinkled through our wine glasses.

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One Response to “one quiet pizza party”

  1. Joe Says:

    Carrots on Pizza? That’s just crazy enough to try.

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