Dough looks weird because I punched it down!
The weekend is here and that means pizza at my house. When I was in high school my dad ordered a pizza every Friday night. Pizza Pizza even sent us a phone in the shape of a number 1 after we ordered our 100th pizza with them! Looks like I am not alone, last week on Friday on my Facebook group many other people were ordering pizza too. This week I wanted to make my own pizza and with a breadmaker, it is pretty darn easy. I use this BigOven.com recipe which I know my dear friend Tammy also successfully used. I like to add a little sugar to that recipe. I also had to add more water to bring the dough together, weird it is so dry and rains at the same time. If you do not have a breadmaker you could always make the dough by hand, maybe give Jamie Oliver‘s recipe a try?
It takes about two hours for a breadmaker to make the dough. I just leave it in there until I have everything else ready. When I am homesick for Victoria, BC, I like to make Ali Baba‘s Phat Philly Chicken Pizza. When I first ordered it I was scared I had made a terrible mistake, it is an unusual pizza. But after our first bite, it became our favourite forever. You need some chicken, cheese, ranch dressing, a smoky barbecue sauce and sauteed onions, green peppers and mushrooms.
I cut the dough so that one is bigger than the other (I get the small one) and then let gravity do most of the work as I turn it about. Then I put it on a lightly flour dusted board and push the crusts out with my fingertips.
I use my old fashioned cast iron grill pan to cook them at high temperature for three minutes per side to cook the dough. You can just fry them up in a frying pan if you do not have a grill.
Sporadically add some ranch dressing and barbecue sauce and then smear together. This sauce is powerful so do not go too crazy!
Add the veggies, chicken and then top with the cheese and put under the broiler just so it heats everything up and melts the cheese.
Heaven, absolutely heaven. We had this last night with our favourite salad and for just a second thought we were back home. A salve for the soul during these dark and dreary depressing days in Nova Scotia. I keep hearing that spring has arrived but we are not really getting to see much evidence of that. Oh well, pass me a slice of Phat Philly and I will forget about our weather woes for a little while.
Are you having pizza tonight too?