Saturday, February 25, 2012

Salad and a Pie

Pizza pie is not a phrase you hear much in California. Too bad, I think having a pie for dinner has a nice ring to it. On our twice annual trips to Reno we passed a shop for years called JJ's Pie Co.  I thought it was a bakery, turns out it is a pizza joint with some really killer "pies." So Friday night is now officially salad and pie night.
I have blogged about pizza before but credit was mostly due to my wife Avril. I have been practicing at her tutelage and have successfully created tasty fare. 

We use Tyler Florence's pizza dough recipe. Avril has changed it a bit. The salt is cut in half and the yeast is bloomed   in a Pyrex cup separately and is added to the mixed dry ingredients just before kneading with dough hook. I have been using bread flour with great result but will be experimenting with double zero when I find it. Pictured bellow is a pepperoni and Italian sausage pizza with tomato sauce and whole milk mozzarella. When the pie comes out of the oven I sprinkle a couple of pinches of grated Parmesan (the real stuff) and some dried oregano.My food cost for pie and salad is under $3. New York style pie in California! 

Pizza Pie and salads


Zoomie said...

Pizza is the staff of life. Salad is optional, but not pizza. :-)

Greg said...

Zoomie- Truer works have never been spoken :)

cookiecrumb said...

Of course you want salad. After the pizza.
Greg, that is a sight to behold! And such a bargain.

Greg said...

cookiecrumb- Salads for my sugar momma! Thanks!

Chilebrown said...

I like the free form crust. I love to make pizza but every once in a while crave franchised pizza.

Greg said...

Chilebrown- I'm with you. We call our favorite place couple times month. You have that cool outdoor oven. The hottest I get in house is 550 degrees.I heat it up for an hour.Last one I tried a trick I saw Mario Batali use and turn on the broiler for a minute or good but you have to be careful. One thing about homemade is I can have my meat pie and the family have their crazy toppings. Avril had roasted garlic, caramelized onion, sun dried tomato, mushrooms, Italian sausage, feta, parm and kalamata olives.