Saturday, August 1, 2015

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Homemade Pizza Parlor – They'll Beg You To Make Another!

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Before we make today’s pizza let’s first talk a bit about Fontina Cheese…

Fontina is a cow’s milk Italian cheese of sorts. Fontina cheese has a rich historical background and has been made in the Aosta Valley, in the Alps since the 12th century.

The milk fat content of this type of cheese is around 45%. As with many original varieties, the name “Fontina” has been imposed upon by such derivatives as “Fontinella”, “Fontal”, and “Fontella”.

Italian Fontina can be identified by a Consorzio (Consortium) stamp of the Matterhorn including the script “FONTINA”. Although the version from Aosta is the original and the most famous, Fontina production occurs in other parts of Italy, as well as Denmark, Sweden and France.

The original Fontina cheese from Italy is fairly pungent and has quite an intense flavor, although cheeses labeled Fontina that are produced in other countries tend to be much milder without the profound flavor associated with the distinct original Fontina intensity.

Let’s try our hand at a unique pizza with a flavor that you’re sure to remember.

Pizza With Fontina Cheese, Artichoke Hearts And Red Onions

Ingredients:

* 1 pound Frozen white bread dough; thawed according to package directions
* 2 tablespoons Olive oil; divided
* 2 tablespoons Wheat bran or cornmeal
* 1 clove garlic; chopped finely
* 1/2 medium Red onion; thinly sliced
* 1 package (9 oz. size) frozen artichokes; thawed
* Salt
* Freshly ground black pepper
* 1 cup shredded Fontina cheese

Directions:
Drain and slice artichoke hearts. Preheat oven to 450F. On lightly oiled baking
sheet, press chilled dough into 9 x 12 inch rectangle, crimp edges to form a rim.
Brush with half the oil. Evenly sprinkle with bran or cornmeal; press lightly into
dough. Sprinkle with garlic. Arrange onion in 1 layer over dough; top with
artichoke hearts. Drizzle with remaining oil.

Lightly season with salt and pepper. Evenly sprinkle with cheese. Do not let
dough rise. The pizza may be held briefly in the refrigerator before baking. Bake
15 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Cut into manageable slices and enjoy!

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Secrets Of Making Great Pizza At Home

Posted by Lock On July - 28 - 2015 5 COMMENTS

secretsOccasionally aspiring “pizza chefs” decide to create their favorite pizza pies at home. Firstly, the home pizza maker proceeds to gather all necessary ingredients for the highly anticipate pie. Once all ingredients are carefully arranged on the kitchen counter, the pizza maker prepares to commence the master pizza creation process.

Emphasis is placed on selecting the “perfect” blend of cheese and toppings. Also the precise blend of ingredients for the savory pizza sauce is selected. Typically, all eyes are on the pizza pie as it evolves in the kitchen. Once the pie has been carefully crafted, it is placed on a “pizza pan” and the master pizza baker slides the pie into the oven. Yes, into the oven it goes!

Some 7-12 minutes later, the pizza pie is removed from the oven. The master home pizza maker grabs the pizza cutter…. only to find that the crust is “doughy”, soggy, somewhat soft and certainly not representative of the great tasting pizza crust that you hoped to create. This is not the mouth watering pizza crust that you remember from the pizza parlor. What happened? Where did you go wrong?

If this sounds familiar, today is your lucky day because we’re going to take a look at the factors associated with this type of pizza phenomenon.  There are 3 main factors that we need to examine with respect to making great pizza at home with respect to the pizza crust you desire…

1-    Dough Selection & Proofing
2-    Oven Temperature
3-    Moisture content

Let’s take a closer look at the factors that contribute to these critical elements of creating the perfect pizza crust.
Selection of Dough:

Background:

Back in Italy when pizza makers select dough classification system. Flour is classified b way of numbers. 1, 0, or 00, this refers to how finely ground the flour is and how much of the bran and germ have been removed from the final flour product.

To give you a better understanding of this, 00 flour is the most highly refined flour available and is comparable to talcum-powder. Most Italian 00 flour is made from Italian grains and sometimes blends of Italian and imported grains to achieve a range of protein somewhere in the 10–12.5% range.

Lucky for us, common brands of 00 flour can be found at the retail level in standard U.S. grocery stores. One such flour is a brand called King Arthur Flour, the company produces a “clone” of the 00 flour (some call it Italian-Style flour) with a protein level of approximately 8.5% which is somewhat lower than the imported Italian 00 flours. Though it’s not exactly an authentic Italian flour and can produce varied behavioral characteristics, it’s a good flour for baking pizza at home.

ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR:
This type of flour refers to flour with a protein level between 10-12%. All purpose flour is ideal for general baking purposes.

It’s important to note that higher protein flours make firmer, stronger doughs while lower protein flours produce softer, weaker doughs. Protein values differ as a cake flour is somewhere around 7-9% protein, whereas pastry, or cookies tend to hover around 9-10%. Bread typically yields 12.5-13.5% protein, whereas clear and high-gluten yield 14-15% protein and gluten “flour” (actually refined gluten) yields somewhere around 45%.

So why are we making such a “fuss” about flour type. Glad you asked! That leads me to another important factor with respect to making pizza crispy at home.

ABSORPTION:
As defined by many baking experts, absorption is simply a measurement that was established by flour producers to describe the capacity of a particular flour to absorb water and achieve a specific and desired dough consistency. The value is often times expressed in terms of percent of water absorbed by a flour sample during the measurement test. The measurement is a laboratory measurement. This is important to keep in mind because this value is not identical to what’s called the hydration ratio actually achieved in commercial applications at pizza parlors, though it is usually quite close.

(Excerpt from The Secrets Of Making Home Pizza)
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Perfect Pesto Pizza Recipe

Posted by Lock On July - 25 - 2015 1 COMMENT

Today’s pizza is an Italian Favorite. It goes to the very heart of great Italian cooking. If you enjoy pesto you’ll love this pizza pie.

“Pesto” the name itself comes from the Latin root “pestle,” which is typically fitting as the sauce, in its simplest form, its made by crushing a few key savory ingredients together. There are two forms of pesto sauce that are commonly used… pesto alla genovese and pesto alla siciliana. Both forms of pesto sauce are from Genoa and Sicily, respectively.

Pesto alla genoese is made with garlic, salt, extra virgin olive oil, Pecorino Sardo cheese, and Genoese basil.  (Note that Genoese basil is just one member of the large basil family.) The recipe for pesto alla siciliana is similar, but with tomatoes and less basil. Most accept the fact that the Genoese recipe for pesto, was the original recipe.

Pesto  sauces are typically made with a veriety of different ingredients and have been part of Italian cuisines since Roman times. In addition to the well known two basic pesto recipes, other variations include red bell peppers,  sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts, walnuts, parmesan cheese, and ricotta cheese. In fact, some pesto sauces are made with arugula instead of basil.

Pesto is a very versatile sauce and can be used as a bruschetta topping, on pasta, on cooked meats, and even in soups. Of course today we’ll be using pesto sauce for our pizza. A lovely way to explore pesto sauces is to buy a few different kinds, and make a platter of pesto bruschetta using each sauce… then decide which sauce suits your fancy for your favorite pizza pie.

By the way, most basil plants grow year after year and will increase in size if they are planted in nourishing soil.

While the herb is delicious to eat fresh from the bush in salads or as a pasta topping, it can also be used delightfully in the form of a pesto sauce as you’ll see today.

HomePizzaChef’s Premier Pesto Pizza

  • 1 1/2 cups (packed) stemmed spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves (about 1 bunch)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oil from oil?packed sun?dried tomatoes or olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • Olive Oil (of course…)
  • Your favorite thin pizza crust recipe (see many crust recipes on this site)
  • 1/3 cup sliced drained oil?packed sun?dried tomatoes
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Alternative Pesto Recipe

  • * 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • * 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • * 1/2 cup Olive oil
  • * 3 tablespoons pine nuts or walnuts
  • * 3 garlic cloves, finely minced

Blend first 4 ingredients in processor to coarse puree. Transfer pesto to small bowl. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead.)

Now… To Make The Pizza…

Preheat oven to 500F. Grease 12 inch pizza pan with olive oil. Arrange dough in pan and spread all of pesto over dough.

Sprinkle with sun?dried tomatoes…then your favorite cheeses.

Occasionally I’ll add a sprinkle of Italian sausage for extra taste.

Bake pizza until crust browns and cheese melts.

Enjoy!

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It’s The Cheese That Makes Our Mouths Water!

Posted by Lock On July - 23 - 2015 1 COMMENT

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Let’s face it, one of the favorite ingredients of any pizza is the cheese.  It’s that hot and stringy cheese that separates pizza from all other foods. The moment you pull that slice from the pie and the hot stringy cheese stretches unto your plate, we all get excited about “what’s next”.

Let’s take a moment to look a little closer at this wonderful an essential ingredient of our beloved pie.
Most pizzas are made with mozzarella cheese. Though this may vary from time to time, mozzarella cheese is by far the favorite when constructing a delicious pizza.

What is mozzarella cheese? Where exactly does it come from? How is it made? Have you ever asked yourself these questions?

Mozzarella cheese is a sliceable curd cheese originating in Italy. That’s probably not a surprise to you. Traditional mozzarella is made from water buffalo (Ok, before your eyes get big, not the North American buffalo or bison as many people mistakenly think) milk, and its flavor is highly prized. Water buffalo milk is three times more expensive than cow’s milk and is costly to ship, so expect a corresponding high price tag on imported buffalo mozzarella.

These animals are typically only herded in a few select countries, primarily Italy and Bulgaria.  Due to this, most mozzarella as we know it, is now made from cow’s milk. Water buffalo milk is very high in fat and in many cases is not easily digestible in its raw form. As such, it is used exclusively for making mozzarella and not as a beverage.

Mozzarella contains 40 to 45 percent fat, although there are now lower fat, skim versions available as we’ve seen them make their way into the “low fat” pizza market space.

This type of mozzarella cheese is not aged like most cheeses and is actually best when eaten within hours of its making. The process of making mozzarella is called pasta filata, which means the curds are heated in water or whey until they form strings (hence the term “string cheese”) and become elastic in texture. The curds are stretched, kneaded until smooth, and then formed into round balls to make fresh mozzarella cheese.

Different Mozzarella Cheese Types – Fresh Mozzarella Varieties

Mozzarella is not aged and is best when eaten within hours of its making.

Most people are quite familiar with mozzarella cheese. It is the cheese traditionally used on pizzas and to make fried cheese sticks. It’s important to note, there is quite a difference in flavor and texture between fresh mozzarella and processed sliced or shredded mozzarella, and it’s well worth your time to understand the differences.

It is easy to make homemade mozzarella cheese, and it can be used in a variety of recipes, including salads, meats, poultry, seafood, and vegetables.

Fresh Mozzarella Cheese

Fresh mozzarella cheese balls are sold in a brine, whey or water solution which helps them retain hydration and shape. It is smooth, mild, and slightly sweet/sour with a distinct milk flavor. The texture is creamy and much softer than mass-processed mozzarella cheese forms that are familiar to most. True buffalo mozzarella is much superior to any made with cow’s milk and is highly sought throughout the world.

Small balls (typically about one inch in diameter) of fresh mozzarella marinated in plain or herbed olive oil are called boconccini. Smoked mozzarella is known as mozzarella affumicata. Manteca is fresh mozzarella molded around a piece of butter.

Mozzarella rolls can be found with fillings of olives, prosciutto, Parma ham, sun-dried tomatoes, and any variety of herbs. The simplest and most enjoyable way to eat fresh mozzarella is with sliced fresh tomatoes, basil leaves, and a drizzle of olive oil. You’ll see this dish in a variety of forms served in many authentic Italian restaurants.

Fresh mozzarella is in high demand across America. It can typically be found in most common commercial grocery stores and in some Italian markets. It’s a good idea to keep fresh mozzarella in its liquid bath until ready to eat, and eat. This will usually last 2 to 3 days. If you choose to purchase fresh mozzarella you should always check the product dating and buy the freshest cheese that you can find. It’s preferable to purchase cheese made the same day. It’s also important to note, fresh mozzarella becomes bitter and sour with age. Freezing this type of cheese is also not recommended.

Processed Mozzarella Cheese

Contrary to fresh mozzarella, mass-produced mozzarella cheese is dryer, less flavorful, and has a rubbery texture. This bears little resemblance to its fresh counterpart. It’s quite a firm cheese that melts easily, which makes it best used as a binder for sauces, for melted toppings, and in baked dishes like our beloved pizza pies. Processed mozzarella cheese is easily attainable in part skim, low-fat, and non-fat versions. It’s typically packaged in pre-sliced or shredded assortments. It’s a good idea to keep processed mozzarella cheese tightly wrapped. It can usually be used within 2 to 4 weeks, if you want it to retain its full flavor.

The next time you sink your teeth into your favorite pizza pie, remember it’s the cheese that makes our eyes widen and lips smack. “Oh my”, pizza, what a wonderful and delightful treat.

Tomato Tips

Posted by Lock On July - 19 - 2015 4 COMMENTS

Peeling: There are several ways to peel a tomato: Cut an X at the blossom end (opposite the stem).

tomatoes09Dip in boiling water for 10 to 30 seconds, depending on ripeness, then into ice water. The skin will pull off easily. Spear a tomato with a fork and hold it over the flame of a gas burner, turning often until the skin is blistered. Remove skin.
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Eggplant, Pepper-Pesto & Goat Cheese Pizza

Posted by Lock On July - 17 - 2015 9 COMMENTS

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This pizza is a preview from our upcoming HPC Premier Gourmet Collection to be released soon…

The pizza boasts tangy goat cheese, the sharp flavors of Parmesan, tender sautéed eggplant and bold pesto. This recipe creates a hearty fourteen-inch pizza that will have your pizza lovers begging for more.

Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time – Approximately – 1 Hour
A little longer if making pizza dough if made from scratch
(of course I recommend you make it from scratch)

Pizza Ingredients:

7 1/2 tablespoons olive oil… a little more if needed
1 1/2 to 2 pound eggplant, cut into 1/4 inch slices
3/4 tablespoon salt
1 pound of prepared pizza dough
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper (I use a tad bit more)
6 ounces mild goat cheese, such as Montrachet, cut into 1/4 inch slices
1/2 cup grated fresh Parmesan
1/2 cup of pesto (preferably homemade)

Quick Homemade Pizza Dough:

Making The Pizza Dough…

Ingredients:

* 3 1/4 cups unbleached flour
* 2 teaspoons salt
* 1 cup warm water
* 1 envelope active dry yeast
* 3 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

In a bowl, combine the flour and salt, and mix thoroughly. In a separate stainless steel bowl, combine the water and yeast, and using a whisk, add 2 tablespoons of oil. Let rest for 5 minutes. Pour the water into the center of the flour, and with a spatula, stir to combine well into a sticky mass. Pour this mass out onto a lightly floured surface and begin to knead the dough by working the dough with the heel of the palm of your hand.

Push outward and pull the inside edge over the top. Repeat the process over again to create a smooth ball of dough free of stickiness. Place the ball of dough into a clean stainless steel bowl that has been brushed with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

Cover with a clean cloth and let rise at room temperature for 1 1/2 hours or until it has doubled in size. When the dough has risen it can be rolled into a ball, which will later be patted into the traditional pizza shape.

Directions For Eggplant Topping:

Heat the oven to 450 degrees. In a large nonstick frying pan, heat 2 1/2 tablespoons of the olive oil over moderately high heat. Season the eggplant with the salt. We’re going to address the eggplant one batch at a time until it’s all handled. Fry one-third of the eggplant, turning until the eggplant has become golden (usually takes about 10 minutes). Remove the eggplant.

Repeat in two more batches with the remaining oil (using more if needed), until you’ve addresses the entire amount of eggplant.

Meanwhile, oil a 14 inch pizza pan or a large baking sheet. Roll and press the pizza dough onto the pan in an approximately 14-inch circle or you can use a 9-by-13 inch rectangle.ge the eggplant slices on the pizza crust layer.
Sprinkle the garlic and pepper over the top of the pie. Bake for approximately 12 minutes. After approximately 12 minutes, put the goat cheese slices on the pizza and sprinkle with the Parmesan, then dot evenly with pesto.
Bake until the cheese begins to turn golden (about 15 minutes).
Note: Sauvignon blanc is a remarkably versatile wine, and really goes well with goat cheese and basil. If you would like to view a very nice selection of wines visit our friends at WineLegacy.com


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Herb Dough & Balsamic Mushroom Pizza

Posted by Lock On July - 15 - 2015 5 COMMENTS

herbedmushroomToday’s pizza recipe combines one of my favorite pizza ingredients with the aromatic vinegar of Modena, Italy. Balsamic vinegar, a vinegar made from the juice of white Trebbiano grape that is heated and aged in wooden barrels, typically for several years. We’ll accent the flavor of the pizza by using a delightful herb dough for the base.

Making The Pizza Dough:

Herb Pizza Dough Recipe

Ingredients:
* 1 package Active Dry Yeast
* 1 teaspoon Sugar
* 7/8 cup Warm Water — 110 degrees
* 1/4 cup Italian Seasoning
* 2 1/4 cups Flour
* 1 tablespoon Flour
* 1/2 teaspoon Salt
* 1 tablespoon Garlic Olive Oil — as needed
* Oil And Cornmeal For Pan

Pizza Dough Directions:

Stir together the yeast, sugar and warm water. Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes. In the work bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, chop the herbs. Turn off machine. Add flour and salt.

Turn the machine on and off a couple of times. While the machine is running, add yeast. Process until the dough forms a ball at the side of the bowl. Add garlic olive oil and process for 30 to 40 seconds more.

Transfer dough to a bowl that has been oiled with olive oil. Turn the dough until the entire surface has been coated with the oil. Cover bowl with a damp towel and allow to rise in a warm draft free place for 1 hour or until doubled. Roll out on a lightly floured surface and if dough is too elastic, try tossing it from hand to hand to flatten it out. Lightly grease the pizza pan with a little oil and sprinkle with cornmeal. Place the dough on the pizza pan and trim the edges.

Bake for 10 minutes @ 425 degrees. Remove from oven, lightly brush the crust with a little more oil. Makes enough dough for one 12″ crust.

Pizza Ingredients:

1/4 cup olive oil
1 pound fresh white mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
2 tablespoons thinly sliced garlic
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
or
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked blacked pepper
1/3 cup prepared pesto
1 cup shredded fontina cheese, divided
1/3 cup roasted red peppers

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a 12-inch pizza pan with vegetable cooking spray. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat live oil until it just begins to smoke. Add mushrooms, onion and garlic; cook,stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are golden, about 5 minutes. Add balsamic vinegar, thyme, salt and black pepper; cook and stir until liquid has nearly evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes; set aside. Spread pesto over reserved pizza crust; sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the cheese. Top with reserved mushrooms mixture and roasted peppers; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake until hot and cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Cut in wedges; serve immediately.

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Italian Caponata Bruschetta

Posted by Lock On July - 11 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Italian Caponata Brushetta

Italian Caponata Brushetta

Bruschetta (Italian pronunciation: [brus?ket?a]  ( listen)) is an appetizer from central Italy whose origin dates to at least the 15th century. It consists of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.

Serves: 4 (makes 8 pieces)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Grilling time: 12 to 15 minutes
Caponata

1 medium eggplant, about 12 ounces, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
Kosher salt
1 small yellow onion, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium tomato, seeded and roughly chopped
15 kalamata olives, pitted and finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon capers, drained
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
Freshly ground pepper

8 slices Italian or other coarse country bread, about 1/2-inch-thick and 4 inches wide
4 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled

1. Rub both sides of the eggplant slices thoroughly with salt. Allow them to sit in a colander placed in the sink or over a plate for about 30 minutes to draw out their bitter juices. Rinse the eggplant well and pat dry. Brush both sides of the eggplant and onion slices with the olive oil.

2. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).

3. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the eggplant and onion slices over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until tender, 10 to 12 minutes, turning once. Allow to cool. Coarsely chop the eggplant and onion slices and transfer to a medium bowl. Add the tomato, olives, basil, capers, vinegar, and garlic and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Grill the bread slices over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until toasted, 2 to 3 minutes, turning once. Divide the goat cheese evenly among the bread slices, spreading it with a knife. Spoon the caponata over the goat cheese, again dividing evenly. Serve at room temperature.

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I’m On A Diet, But Please Order The Pizza!

Posted by Lock On July - 9 - 2015 4 COMMENTS

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In today’s world of never ending diets and numerous angles for reducing calories and fat content there is one thing that seems to stand out in spite of all of our “good diet” intentions. We want to lose weight but we do NOT want to give up one of our most  beloved and favorite foods… “The Pizza Pie”.

Yes, that’s right…we want a great diet plan but the thought of giving up our unquenchable desire for the infamous pizza pie is simply out of the question. We’ll try “whole wheat pizza”, “sun dried tomato pizza”, “grilled chicken pizza” you name it, just don’t leave out that last descriptive word “pizza.”

A “watered down” form of pizza is better than no pizza at all! Any form of pizza that suggests we’re cutting corners with calories and making headway on reducing fat but still enjoying the taste of one of our favorite foods and past times, well that’s an idea worth addressing.

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Pizza Santa Fe Style Recipe

Posted by Lock On July - 7 - 2015 1 COMMENT

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Pizza Santa Fe Style Recipe
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History of Chicago Style Pizza

Posted by Lock On July - 5 - 2015 10 COMMENTS

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The Chicago-style “deep-dish” pizza that many people love was invented at Pizzeria Uno, in Chicago, in 1943, reportedly by Uno’s founder Ike Sewell, a former University of Texas football star. However, a 1956 article from the Chicago Daily News asserts that Uno’s original pizza chef Rudy Malnati developed the famous recipe.

The pizza’s foundation is simple. It uses a thick layer of dough (made with olive oil and cornmeal) that is formed to a deep round pan and pulled up the sides. The pizza crust is then parbaked before the toppings are added to give it greater spring.

Parbaking is a cooking technique in which a bread or dough product is partially baked and then rapidly frozen or cooled. The raw dough is baked as if normal, but halted at about 80% of the normal cooking time, when it is rapidly cooled and frozen. The partial cooking kills the yeast in the bread mixture, and sets the internal structure of the proteins and starches (the spongy texture of the bread), so that it is now essentially cooked inside, but not so far as to have generated “crust” or other externally desirable qualities that are difficult to preserve once fully cooked.

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French Bread Pizza Recipe

Posted by Lock On July - 3 - 2015 5 COMMENTS

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Spring is here and from time to time you may want to create a quick pizza that’s easy to make and also delicious. Here’s the answer. Using one of my favorite breads, French bread, we’re going to show you how to create a quick and easy pizza that all will love.

Give it a shot!

French Bread Pizza Recipe

Ingredients:

* 1/2 pound sausage, browned & drained
* 1/2 pound sliced pepperoni
* 1 loaf French bread
* 30 ounces jar spaghetti or pizza sauce
* Sliced black olives
* Sliced fresh mushrooms
* 16 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
* Optional Toppings: Candied bacon, green peppers, onion, ground beef

Directions:

Cut bread in half lengthwise. Place on cookie sheets. Cover bread
with the sauce all the way to the edges. Top with sausage and
pepperoni; then with whatever toppings are desired, ending with
the shredded cheese. Bake the bread pizzas 20 minutes at 350
degrees. Cut into pieces. To freeze, wrap unbaked pizza tightly
in foil. Then freeze. Unwrap and thaw the pizzas before baking.

Once baked cut into manageable slices and serve. Everyone will love this creation at your next outdoor get together.

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Heart Shaped Pizza

Posted by Lock On July - 1 - 2015 4 COMMENTS
 

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Ingredients:

 

 

 

* 1 cup water
* 2 tablespoons milk
* 2 teaspoons sugar
* 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 tablespoon shortening
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 tablespoon durum semolina (or corn meal)
* 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
* 2 cups unbleached bread flour
* 1 1/4 teaspoon yeast

Directions:
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Bread Machine Cornmeal Pizza Crust Recipe

Posted by Lock On June - 27 - 2015 2 COMMENTS

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Bread Machine Cornmeal Pizza Crust Recipe


Ingredients:* 1-cup warm water
* 1/4 teaspoon salt — optional
* 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour — divided
* 1-cup cornmeal — plus
* 1-tablespoon cornmeal — divided
* 2 tablespoons sugar or honey
* 2 teaspoons active dry yeast


Directions:

Measure carefully, placing all ingredients except 1-tablespoon cornmeal in bread machine pan in order specified by owner’s manual. Program basic dough cycle setting; press start. Remove dough from bread machine pan; let rest 2 to 3 minutes
 

Pat and gently stretch dough into 14- to 15-inch circle. Spray a 14-inch pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray; sprinkle with remaining 1-tablespoon cornmeal.Press dough into pan.Follow topping and baking directions for individual recipes. 1 14-inch crust makes 8 servings.

The Evolution Of Pizza – By Kirsten Hawkins

Posted by Lock On June - 25 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

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Trying to trace the history of the first pizza is a surprisingly controversial subject. Some claim that this popular food is based on early unleavened breads served in the early centuries in Rome. Others trace a connection from modern pizza back to the pita breads of Greece.
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Amazing Whole Wheat Thin Dream Pie

Posted by Lock On June - 23 - 2015 3 COMMENTS

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The Amazing HPC Whole Wheat Thin Crust Dream Pie

I’ve recently been asked to post the recipe for the HPC Dream Pizza Pie on the blog. This recipe has been around for over 4 years now and is available for FREE download however I thought I would re-post it on the blog as well. If you want the downloadable version simply grab it from the links resources to the right of this post.

If you’ve never tried this pizza give it a try as it’s a favorite for our readers here at HomePizzaChef.

Suggestion – Make your dough the night before you plan to bake your pizza, this will allow plenty of time for the dough to rise and also adds to the flavor of your crust) OK… here we go!

Ingredients:
* 1 teaspoon white sugar
* 1 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C- No need to boil the water)
* 2 packages of Active Dry Yeast (AYD) – Easily obtained form any grocery store
* 1 small bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
* 1-teaspoon salt
* 1 ¼ cups of Stone Ground Whole Wheat Flour
* 1 ¾ cups of Enriched Unbleached Bread Flour
Accessories
1- Roller Pin (Or a rollable surface to flatten the dough)
1- 14” Perforated Pizza Pan (The kind with the holes punched into the bottom of the pan)
2- Large Bowls for Mixing
2- Kitchen towels or equivalent

Making The Pizza Dough
Pour 1-½ cups of warm water in a bowl (Approx 105 –115 degrees)
Empty the 2 packages of Active Dry Yeast into the bowl and stir until fully dissolved. Set to the side for approximately 20 minutes.

In a separate bowl mix the remaining dry ingredients (Whole wheat flour, enriched unbleached bread flour, salt, and the sugar).

Check the yeast mixture to ensure that the yeast has become active. It will appear to have increased in volume.

Slowly began to pour small amounts of the dry ingredients into the yeast and water mixture, stirring as you add the mixture. Continue to add the dry mixture until the mixture becomes solid and somewhat “clumpy”. Once you have added all of the dry ingredients to the yeast and water mixture, add approximately 1-½ teaspoons of olive oil to the mixture and continue to knead by hand. If needed, add a little more water to insure the dough is manageable. The kneading process can take 15 -25 minutes to make sure the dough is well blended.

Once the dough is well blended, cut the dough in half and roll (by hand) into (2) small dough balls. Roll the dough balls around in any leftover flour (plain white) that is available. Finally, with a small amount of olive oil, brush the dough balls lightly to moisten and place in separate bowls that you will cover with a wet kitchen cloth and place in the refrigerator overnight. For best results I suggest at least 8-12 hours… however you can use the dough if needed after 2-3 hours.

Preparing The Pizza Sauce

Ingredients:
1 –15 ounce can of tomato sauce
1- 6 ounce can of tomato paste
1 ½ teaspoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
1 teaspoon of ground oregano (Mediterranean preferred)
1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon of Basil Leaves (Mediterranean preferred)

Pour the tomato paste and tomato sauce into a bowl. Add all seasonings including the olive oil. Stir until all ingredients are thoroughly blended. This should result in a smooth tomato sauce… if more smoothness is desired add just a touch more olive oil. Set aside for 3-5 minutes.

Creating the pizza pie….

Once you’re ready to assemble the pizza, remove the dough from the refrigerator and let sit for approximately 15 minutes. The goal is to raise the temperature of the dough to room temperature…

Grab one of the dough balls and begin to shape the dough… refrigerate the leftover dough ball for future use.

Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out until it is “paper thin”… this can take 15-20 minutes… make the dough as thin as possible without tearing the dough.

Oil your pizza pan with olive oil by placing a fair amount of olive oil on a brush or a kitchen cloth. Spread evenly across the perforated pizza pan. Using a perforated pan will help create the quick baking effect that produces a crispier pizza crust. At this point we’re going to try something a little different. Pre-heat your oven to 300-325 degrees.

Once the oven is hot and BEFORE you dress your pizza… slide your pizza dough that you’ve stretched across your perforated pizza pan into the oven for NO MORE THAN 2 ½ minutes.

Remove the dough from the oven.

Now place your pizza stone in the oven. The dough has now been pre-heated and should be fairly warm. Crank your oven up to 425-450 degrees to make sue it is plenty hot prior to resuming the pizza bake.

Now we’re ready to add our pizza sauce. With a large spoon, spread your pizza sauce evenly across the pizza dough. Make sure the sauce is spread evenly across the entire pie.

Adding your pizza toppings…

OK… now we’re ready for the good stuff… here are the toppings that I use for this pizza…

Ingredients:
½ cup white or red onions (I prefer the red onions for the bold flavor…)
½ cup green pepper all seeds removed
½ cup small mushrooms
½ cup uncooked Italian Sausage – Usually found packaged in a plastic roll at any grocer
10- 15 small round slices of Canadian bacon
10- 15 small round slices of pepperoni
2 cup s finely shredded mozzarella cheese (you may use less or more depending on your taste)
1 cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese (measure to taste)

A sprinkle of freshly ground pepper

If you have a small automatic chopping machine use it… It’s perfect for this recipe. Place the onions,  peppers and mushrooms into the chopping machine and chop until very fine and small…

You should actually have to remove these ingredients from the chopping cup with a spoon. That’s how fine these ingredients should be… If no automatic machine is used, make sure you chop the onions, peppers and mushrooms into very small and fine portions…

Now evenly spread your cheeses across the warm pizza crust. Once your pizza sauce layer and cheese layer have been added, sprinkle the finely chopped mixture of onions, peppers and mushrooms evenly across the pizza.

Using very small pinches of Italian sausage, strategically place the Italian sausage across your pie. Once completed, add your slices of Canadian bacon and pepperoni evenly across the pizza. For better cooking, try not to overlap the meats. Once this is completed we’ll sprinkle the fresh ground pepper lightly across the entire pie.

We’re ready to slide the pizza back into the HOT oven for 6-8 minutes or until the edges of the crust are golden brown.

What’s left? Pull up a chair in the kitchen and anxiously wait for your masterpiece to complete the baking process. Once baked, carefully remove the hot pie and cut with a pizza cutter. WARNING – By this time family members and friend are probably gathering around your kitchen waiting to dig in…

Hide this secret recipe in a safe place so you can refer to it later…
ENJOY!

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