Pizza, hamburgers and fried chicken... just a few of my favorite things.... sung to the tune of Sound of Music's "A Few of My Favorite Things'.
Sunday night is dinner w/Greg's mom, usually at our place and a chance for me to try to show off. It's hard to show off for one person since the lack of applause and recognition is, well, just from one person. Not nearly as satisfying.
This past Sunday, I was inspired by Bon Appetit (again! they have and are doing such a amazing job in all fronts of media!) and their senior food editor, Alison Roman's video series on making a NYC pizza. For someone who lives in fear of dough, I was so pleased with the results that I shoved a slice in my mouth without even offering Greg or his mom a slice. Truly gracious of me.
The best part is that once oven is heated, it only takes 10-14 min in the oven at the highest setting. Bad part is that you have to make the dough hours in advance and let that thing rest... I recommend making the dough 18 hrs ahead as seen in recipe. Sadly, even though Alison says she made the dough ahead b/c they were going to be at the market she doesn't specify you have to, so it comes off like a mild suggestion.... It's not.
I'll link to the video (HERE!) for the recipe of the dough and process since she does give wonderful tips-- like how the hell do you stretch out the dough? With the back of your hands! WHAT!?? WOW!!
But I'll leave my toppings recipes/suggestions.
Oh also, the spiced honey she recommends? Do it.
NYC pizza at home by Bon Appetit.
See links above for tomato sauce & dough recipe (do it the day before! 18 hrs before...)
Calabrese salami + mozzarella + egg + spiced honey (drizzled right before serving) . Crack egg on top of pizza center, 8 minutes into baking, watch in oven should be set. Keep in mind the egg keeps on cooking when you take it out. You want the egg yolk to ooze out but the whites to be set. Top with fresh torn basil. Drizzle with good quality extra virgin olive oil.
Margherita + spiced honey
Caramelized red onion + thick cut bacon (cut into small strips and sauté to almost done) + mozzarella
All pizzas have freshly grated Parmesan cheese before baking and after. Serve hot!
Greg's mom who eats the same amount I ate when I was 6 yrs old ( I weighed maybe 40 lbs...I'm not kidding... those were the days....) gave me the praise I was looking for and actually finished almost 3 slices. Utter joy.