More freaky weather continued, in the last two weeks, in the great Northland. To keep myself amused with food, I made pizza, cake, mushroom soup (looks like melted tires, but tastes fine) and various standby dishes of rice and vegetables.
This is about the pizza – America’s favorite food. I bought pre-made dough (Yeah, it’s another experiment.) from Trader Joe’s. It comes in a plastic bag. (What?) I cut the bag off and kept the baking instructions. The dough is wet and slimy out of the bag. (yuk.)
Flour a board and the dough lightly and roll it or pat it out with the heal of your hands. I put a little too much flour on the board which meant the dough kept crawling back into it’s original size when I patted it with my hands.
One important fact to remember about dough is don’t over work it. In a panic of thinking “Don’t overwork it! Don’t overwork it.” I rolled it into submission. The result looked vaguely like the island of Malta. Okay. Not deterred by aesthetics, I barged on with the pizza making.
I used about a half a cup of my homemade sauce smeared on the dough. I am not into heavy sauce.
3/4 cup of strong onions sliced – the kind that make me cry
1/2 cup of artichoke hearts
1/2 – 3/4 freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup of fresh Baby Belle mushrooms – which I cooked in olive oil and a little bit of garlic
Once the pizza is decked with the layers of toppings, hit it with some black pepper, basil and a smidge of oregano. Lastly, Drizzle a little olive oil on top. Oh, I put the mushrooms on top of the cheese and I liked it!
Cook in a 350 degree oven*
*Note: That’s the recommended temperature for the dough. But I had to crank it up to 375 and watched it like a hawk, because the edges of the dough never browned. (Could be user error?) Keep checking while baking it for 20 – 30 minutes.
So much for guesswork. Here’s the result. The dough fresh out of the oven tasted too bread-like. Next day cold and reheated in a warm oven – it tasted like good pizza.
After – Pretty Tasty experiment.
Uh. oh. the tornado sirens are going off. (Not kidding!)