A flash mob in Five Points South, Birmingham, AL in September 2013
A flash mob in Five Points South, Birmingham, AL in September 2013
Sung in English, Hindi, Indonesian, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Zulu, and Chinese.
The cast iron pizza that I wrote about at an earlier date came out wonderful, although just a little bit watery. Since that night, I’ve made it twice more with better results and the family loves it! Homemade pizza (homemade anything, for that matter) is so much better than store-bought or take-out; better-tasting and better for you. My body also doesn’t revolt from the homemade foodstuffs, especially when using quality ingredients, i.e., organic or, at the very least, hormone- and anti-biotic-free meats. I am not a trained chef; my recipes are usually adaptations of ones I’ve found over the years. In other words, try it my way and modify as you need or want to. I like this recipe because it is quick and easy. Also, pizza can have so many different variations using whatever topping you have on-hand, even if it’s only sauce & cheese. Typically, I’ve been making this on Friday nights, when I am tired and really don’t feel like cooking.
I used my 12″ cast iron skillet. In a nutshell, here is what I did. You can grease the pan, if you’d like, and dust it with cornmeal. I also have used it just as-is. It is well-seasoned and oiled after each use, so it worked just fine. Make your favorite pizza crust recipe (or buy pizza dough from the grocery store) and spread/roll it out either on the side or in the pan, pressing the dough into the edges and up the sides. Bake that at 425° for about 5-10 minutes. I have an easy no-rise pizza crust that I use, which is ideal on short notice or for those who
are n’t great planners are spur-of-the-moment cooks. Add your sauce, toppings, and pop it in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until done, meaning bubbly with a lightly-browned crust. Let it sit for a few minutes, slice it up, and mangiare! Meat toppings must be cooked ahead of time and, depending on the water content of the vegetables, cooking them ahead is also a good idea, otherwise you’ll end up with a watery pizza, like I did the first time when I used raw peppers and mushrooms. Live and learn!
Easy No-Rise Pizza Crust Recipe — Oven 425°
Dissolve the sugar and yeast in the warm water. Combine the flour and salt; add water mixture and olive oil. Mix together until combined. Cover and let it rest for 10 minutes. Press into bottom, edges, and sides of the pan with your fingers; I also use a metal spoon to help smooth it out, evenly. Bake for 5-10 minutes, until it starts to firm up or feel a little crusty. Remove.
Burger, Green Pepper, Mushroom and Onion Pizza
All amounts can be adjusted to your preference–or try other ingredients. It’s food–be adventurous. (I saw a tuna pizza recipe…not sure I’m that adventurous, but maybe you are. Let me know how it is, if you try it.)
Sauté one lb of ground meat (venison) until fully-cooked. I sliced up a small onion, 1/2 of a green pepper, and several mushrooms. The second time I made this, I added the vegetables to the meat, after it was almost done and cooked them. Mushrooms, especially, have a high water content; cooking ahead resulted in a pizza that wasn’t soggy/watery. Also, how thinly-sliced vegetables are, the type of sauce used, as well as whether or not the cheese is low-moisture, can all make a difference in whether or not the pizza is watery. It’s still delicious, regardless!
Spread your sauce onto the baked crust. You can buy pizza sauce, which is thicker, but I usually use what I have on-hand–regular pasta sauce– which, if too much is used, can result in a watery pizza. However, I don’t use a lot of sauce, perhaps 1/3 cup, at the most. Spread your meat/veggie toppings, cover with cheese, sprinkle some Italian seasoning over the top, if desired, take a picture,
put the skillet creation in the center of the oven and bake until crust is browned and the cheese is bubbly.
Remove the pizza from the oven, let it sit for a few minutes, slice it up, and ENJOY!
Up until I made this skillet pizza, I had been making pizzas on an oblong stoneware bar pan, using the same recipe. My family prefers the thicker pan pizza, but you can also use this on other things–pizza stones, etc.. Since I made this first pizza, I’ve also done the same recipe, minus the mushrooms, but cooked the meat & veggies together, which resulted in the pizza not being watery. I also made a “taco/nacho pizza”, using the same crust recipe, but adding taco seasoning & onion to the meat, baking until the crust was browned, then adding shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, tortilla chips, and Colby-Jack cheese on top. I popped it back into the oven just until the cheese was melted and then we ate it. You can serve it with sour cream/yogurt, salsa, and guacamole, if you have that. It was rather mountainous and, therefore, messy to eat, but quite delicious!
I will probably be making a Hawaiian pizza, soon, with the sliced deli ham and pineapple chunks–one of our favorites. Once you have that pizza crust, pretty much anything goes for what you pile on top of it, including dessert toppings. Get creative and happy eating!
Yesterday, my Southern Man, daughter, and I went to Tractor Supply Company to get our older dog a new, fluffy bed. She’s going to be 12 years-old this month, and needs the extra cushioning for those old bones. TSC is one of my favorite stores with all its farming, ranching, and gardening supplies. Plus, in just a few weeks, it’ll be “Chick Days”. No, that’s not a shopping special for women; it’s when they sell baby chicks and ducklings. They are just SO cute! Someday, I shall have some. I shall.
So the first stop on the way to the dog section was the clothing section. We meandered through the racks and, while I continued browsing through the ladies’ shirts, my Southern Man and daughter moved on to the boot section. A few minutes later, with a blouse in hand, I walked over to join them. Apparently, I was not completely paying attention to my surroundings and hit the top of my head on an object. It hurt bad enough that I thought I had a gash. When I told my Southern Man that I’d hit my head and asked him if it was bleeding, he assured me it wasn’t and asked what I’d hit it on.
“That clothing rack.”
Yes. I’d walked under the jutting-out portion of one of the clothing display racks. The part I walked under was, for my two companions, probably at chest or shoulder level. For me, it was just above my head. Well, almost just above my head, as it turned out. Both he and our daughter started snickering. I just shook my stinging head and went to the dressing room to try on my top and examine my scalp.
This is just one of many problems a short person has to contend with. I was looking for a photo to post here and ended up laughing so hard at all the “Short People Problem” quotes, that I had tears in my eyes. Suffice it to say, this one about sums it up: