International Pizza Day Pizza-rific!

Yesterday’s International Pizza Day went very well and I can say that this, like National Pie Day, could be an event worth repeating in 2011.

I managed to make two pizzas, one larger than the other, with the larger one being a more traditional recipe and the smaller one being a pizza of my own creation. Were they good?

Let’s take a look…

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The traditional pizza was an enhanced version of my Green Gatsby pizza (I name most of dishes after literary references), which is a pie with a pesto base, lots of mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese, two bulbs worth of roasted garlic (roasted in my homemade garlic oil and seasoning), and slices of tomatoes with basil.  The normal Green Gatsby is sans garlic, tomatoes and basil, and there is usually less cheese; hence, the green in the Green Gatsby.

And now my experimental pizza…

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The Garlic Shrugged pizza was the tricky one.

My wife isn’t a fan of tomato sauce in our pizzas, so the goal was to create a sauce that was different. I decided to try a garlic sauce that would be sweet and a little spicy. To make the sauce, I crushed up two bulbs worth of roasted garlic (as you can tell, we like garlic), added some lemon juice, orange juice, chili powder and butter. I cooked the sauce in a pan until it got hot and thickened, adding sea salt and pepper for taste.

Once the sauce was done, I added it to the dough along with some mozzarella cheese.

After the pizza came out of the oven, I added some sliced avocados with some oregano, and decorated the plate with some balsamic paste and basil.

It turned out great on all counts. The dough had the right texture, the sauce had the perfect amount of sweetness and spiciness, the cheese just right, and the avocados added a nice coolness to top it off.

For those interested in the recipe for this one:

Garlic Shrugged Pizza:

For the sauce:

2 roasted bulbs of garlic, mashed (the more you use, the pastier the sauce is)

1/4 cup orange juice

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/2 teaspoonful of chili powder

2 tablespoons olive oil

sea salt

grounded pepper

(Keep in mind, I’d recommend possibly doubling the recipe if you’re planning on making a large pizza. Also, keep the extra sauce for dipping.)

Mozzarella cheese (the more the better)

2 sliced avocados

balsamic paste

[dough of your choice]

For any dough that you use, I recommend baking it first on the pan with some olive oil rubbed in for a few minutes to give the dough a head start.

Put the sauce on the dough and then the cheese. I suppose you could add whatever else you want to here, but I think the sauce deserves the space to work its magic. Bake the pizza at 180 C for about 12 minutes.

Once the pizza is done, put the avocados on top of the pizza. Decorate the crap out of the pizza. Be like Tony Danza and show this pizza who is boss!

Add some balsamic paste to the side, as it adds a nice side to dip the pizza in.

Okay. As far as food holidays go, we have Pancake Day coming up followed by Peanut Butter Lover’s Day.

Thanks for reading this.