A Year of Pizza: Buffalo and Blue
Yes, for the next year, I’m going to be talking all about pizza. I’m pretty sure everyone will be okay with that. Right? Good.
Each year on my blog, Inspired by Charm, I take on a food challenge. It’s usually something I’m not comfortable making. Last year I tackled yeast-based recipes; this year it’s all about pie. So, I thought it would be fun to bring my yearly challenge over to BHG’s Delish Dish and dive in to a food topic with all of you.
Inspired by my A Year of Pie series, I thought Delish Dish would be the perfect place to focus on a specific type of pie. Pizza pie! I was also inclined to give this a try because I have been lusting (yes, literally lusting) over this Beef and Blue Pizza I found on BHG about a year ago.Anyone who knows me knows that I adore blue cheese. Mix it with beef and put it on a pizza and I’m sold.
I wanted to amp up the challenge, however, and make a homemade dough for this beautiful culinary blend of toppings. As I mentioned, I spent some time last year with yeast and I’m happy to report that making pizza dough is pretty simple. You just need to plan ahead a bit to let things rise.
Let me start by giving you my Pizza Dough recipe.
3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 package instant dry yeast
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 cups warm water (about 110 degrees F)
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons
Place the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attached and combine. Then, as the mixer is running, add the water and the two tablespoons of olive oil. Beat until the dough comes together in a ball. If the dough seems sticky, add a pinch more flour. If the dough is dry, add more water, a tablespoon at a time. Once the dough comes together, knead with the dough hook for about three minutes.
Grease a large bowl with the remaining two tablespoons olive oil, add in the dough and cover with plastic wrap. Place bowl in a warm area until the dough is doubled in size. This will take about an hour. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into two equal pieces. Use both pieces or wrap one in plastic wrap and freeze for a later day.
Simple, right? I promise. It is.
For this particular recipe, I rolled out the dough to the desired thickness. Then, I poked it with a few stabs of a fork and drizzled it with olive oil. I then baked it for about five minutes at 450 degrees F on a cookie sheet sprinkled with a little cornmeal to prevent sticking.
After that, I added my toppings and some black olives and threw it back in the oven for about five more minutes. To finish it off, I switched my oven to broil for a few minutes to finish heating all those toppings and melting all that delicious cheese.
And that’s it! Easy as pie.
The thing I love most about pizza is that it’s such a fun way to play with flavor combinations. Just top it with the things you love and give it a go. Lately, in the culinary world, it seems the crazier the better. I also like the idea of homemade dough because you can add in fun flavors to the dough with herbs and other ingredients, plus you can roll it out to whatever thickness you like best. Maybe we will try that next time.
I’m also happy to report that this Beef and Blue Pizza lived up to my lustful expectations. Delicious! You can find the recipe here, but don’t hesitate to make it your own.
Let me know below what toppings you love the most on pizza.
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm
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