11.21.10: dinner (bikini-pizza and sausage, peppers and onions pizza)

Sun-dried Tomato, Cremini Mushroom and Fresh Mozzarella Pizza

[Ed.–Elizabeth found herself craving some bikini-pizza from this post, and so when Michael suggested making pizza to use up some leftover fresh mozzarella an actual pizza was born.]

With the prospect of Thanksgiving looming, we deemed our weekend ought to do without my beloved roasted chicken. One night we opted for a duck ragu, and the farthest possible go-to from that, I guess, must be two homemade pizzas.

The first, the ‘bikini-pizza’ as it were, was a bit wet once all was put upon the dough thanks to lots of fresh mozzarella, mushrooms and a twist with sun-dried tomatoes instead of fresh or canned. I anticipated this and and as such did not blind-bake the crust, giving the entire assembled pizza as much time in the hot box as possible. I covered an up-turned baking sheet with foil so if too much cornmeal got into the oven and burned, I could pull the entire thing out for the second pie. The day was dry and the dough was well-behaved, disembarking the pizza peel with ease. We bailed it after about 13 minutes at 500 F with a couple of spatulas and some oven mitts, as well as a optimally placed cutting board to rest.

Sausage, Peppers and Onions Pizza

The second pizza was a tad more of a traditionally Italian outing. I blind-baked this guy for five minutes then added sliced peppers, onions and some browned sausage I had leftover from a Fresh Direct over-buy. A simple outing, but totally effective. Mission to avoid whole big game poultry the weekend before Thanksgiving: accomplished. Mission to eat light on same weekend: failed. Deliciously so. Lesson learned: over-indulge and spend some extra hours in the gym and press ever onward. Cook on!

  1. In my opinion, pizza is always worth it. I’ll have some of yours, please?

  2. Kim said:

    I always told myself that I could eat whatever I wanted… as long as I went to the gym to make up for it. Sadly, I’m eating whatever I want and not making it to the gym. Failure: 1; Kim: 0.


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