July 28, 2009

Whose Pizza Reigns Supreme?

Ugh. It's so hot here that the thought of food itself has been turning me off lately. I think I might live these next (and only) few days of heat that we get living on popsicles. Despite the heat DP and I did manage to get away to Bend last weekend for some R&R. While we were there we had a pizza-off for dinner. As it turns out, it was pretty much an even tie because both of the pizzas were great! I think I won in presentation, if I do say so myself. But flavor was even steven. We bought all of the ingredients, including the pizza dough, ready made from Whole Foods. Next time I'll make the dough from scratch and try using a pizza stone but we had to make do being that we were "roughing it" in a vacation home. Having A/C and a hot tub is really tough guys. DP did bring some fresh oregano that a co-worker gave him and incorporated it into his sauce. He went with a classic vegetarian pizza with black olives, mushrooms, basil and heirloom tomato. While I whipped out a BBQ chicken pizza. Behold, recipes:

DP's Mad Stylin' Veggie Pizza

ready-made dough from your local grocer (or make your own goddammit)
1 small can of pizza sauce
fresh oregano
1/2 lb mozzarella cheese
fresh basil
crimini mushrooms
1 small can sliced black olives
1 heirloom tomato

V's Bitchin' BBQ Chicken Pizza (with a Hawaiian-style edge)
ready-made dough from your local grocer
1 bottle BBQ sauce (or make your own goddammit)
1 chicken breast, poached and shredded
1/2 lb mozzarella cheese
1/2 red onion
1 can of pineapple chunks

First of all, don't judge me for those names. Clever is not a product of heat stroke. Then, take your dough out of the packaging and pat it a couple of times, just 'cause it feels nice. Next, stretch that dough to the size of your pan any way you can. I chose a bend and push method and DP decided he would throw his up in the air (not recommended). Position the dough on the baking sheet and make sure the the whole thing, top and bottom is brushed with olive oil for easy removal and flavor. Next, make your sauce for the pizza. If making the veggie pizza, blend the can of pizza sauce, chopped fresh oregano and chopped garlic. If making the BBQ pizza simply pop the lid. Spread the sauce on the dough and top with shredded mozzarella. Next, evenly distribute whatever pizza toppings you are using. After that, I added a little extra cheese and sauce for flavor and adhesive purposes. Bake in a pre-heated 450 degree oven for about 12-18 minutes. Behold, pictures:

BBQ Chicken-before and after

Veggie-before and after


and no pizza night would be complete without a movie and candy.


  1. YUMMY!!! Both pizzas DO look fantastic! I want to make both. Black licorice? Ehw! That was Dan's idea huh? ;D

  2. Actually, it was mine. I love black licorice! But you can blame Dan 'cause he went along with it.

  3. Love the pizzas Vanessa! Very Martha Stewart-esque! Now I'm going to have to keep coming back for more!!

  4. Mmmm!!those pizza looks so delicious!!
    thanks for sharing this!
    you can grab printable coupon for pizza at http://printable-coupons-cmc.blogspot.com/