Monday, June 13, 2011

Cold Leftover Thick Crust Pizza

It's summer break, yet despite having more free time than I've had in months I've cooked less, brewed less, read less, ridden my bike less, basically done everything except for watch crappy shows on Netflix less than I do during the rest of the school year. Fortunately, I'm salvaging the rest of my summer by taking flight tomorrow for Portland, Oregon, where I'll load up my bike and head down Highway 101 to San Francisco. It should be a fun few weeks filled with exercise, excellent food, award-winning beers and brewery tours, GRE vocab studying (that's right, the Gourmet Apartment just may be going back to school one of these days), and a whole lot of time spent thinking and reading and getting the heck away from the pretty screens that have been hacking away at my will to achieve of late. I'm going to pack the remaining slice of pizza that I made a couple days ago for the plane ride and I'll whip it out on the airplane and say "yeah, I made this. Check out my blog- it has over 1000 hits". By the way, thanks to all of you who have helped me get to this number of views. Oh, and suck it Miami, the Mavs deserved this win.



Pizza

2 c. Flour
1/4 c. Olive Oil
Chilled water to achieve desired consistency
1 package Rapid Rise Highly Active Yeast

1 can Crushed Tomato
~5 Cloves Garlic
1 Onion
1 bunch Basil
Large Dash Oregano
Nice Dash Fennel Seed thumb crushed
Hot Dried Pepper
2 Tomatoes thinly sliced
0.8 lb. bulk Hot Italian Sausage
0.4 lb. Fresh Mozzarella
Whatever you want grated Parmesan Cheese

Mix all together Flour, Olive Oil, Water, and Yeast and mead until nicely mixed, but no more. Let rest in a bowl in a warm environment such as an oven that has been slightly heated or Texas. Wait one hour and then spread in a glass pan (it's the best I have for at the moment). Spread a can of Crushed Tomatoes over the dough. Saute a few cloves of Garlic and Onion and spread on top. Layer with fresh Basil, Oregano, Fennel Seeds, Hot Peppers, and thinly sliced Tomato. Now drop balls of Hot Italian Sausage on top and layer with fresh Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese. Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes. Delicious.

***I'll post something if I can while on my trip, but if I don't, it's because I'm out exploring the world. Stories will be told... assuming I survive. If I don't survive, please avenge my death.

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