It’s Saturday Night How to Dress for your date . . . . . . with a Pizza!

1 Oct

Think dressing for a date is a minefield? How to look like you’re making an effort but not trying too hard? Fetching but not too sexy? Available but respectable? Ayeee! It’s enough to make a gal stay home Saturday night with a good bottle of wine and her very own, home-made personal-size pizza.

Endess topping possibilities

In the world of pizza toppings, the realm of dressings is apparently endless. And deciding which combinations will maximize your dining pleasure can be just as baffling as selcting an outfit for a first date with your best friend’s cousin — the lawyer.

Saturday night’s supper started with one of the frozen dough balls from last week’s batch of Honey Whole Wheat Pizza Dough.

My pizza sauce is a breeze to stir up:

Savvy Personal Pizza Sauce

Into a ½ cup ramekin or bowl, pour:

½ cup (100 – 125mL)               strained tomatoes (passata, available in bottles at grocers)
1                                                     roasted garlic clove, crushed
1tsp (5mL or to taste)               Dried oregano
1 tsp (5mL or to taste)              Dried basil
Pepper to taste (and salt, optional)

and stir well to combine. Set aside.

Preparing the Dough

Brush your 8″ pizza pan lightly with oil.

Allow your thawed dough ball to come almost to room temperature. It should still be cool to your touch.

Dust your work surface lightly with flour. Knead the dough about 5 times. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll dough out to create a circle just a bit bigger than your pan. The aim is to get a fairly even thickness on your pizza base. This may mean turning the dough over once or twice and also turning it a quarter turn every so often to allow your rolling pin to achieve a nice circle of even thickness. Transfer dough to pizza pan and with your fingers, pinch and push dough to create a thicker rim around the outside edge.

Set a rack at the bottom third of your oven. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Set the pan holding the dough near the preheating oven and allow it to rise for 15 minutes or so.

In the meantime, assemble your toppings:
    Thickly slice a medium zucchini, lengthwise. Brush lightly with EVOO and place on a foil-lined broiler pan under a hot broiler. Turn 2 – 4 times until zucchini has softened and charred. Remove broiled slices to a double thickness of paper towelling and blot off excess oil. When they have cooled a bot, cut slices into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
Roughly chop 2 slices of prosciutto and placed them in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Stirring frequently saute until the meat hardens and crisps up like bacon. Remove from heat.

Grate and measure 1 cup (firmly packed) of Mozzarella cheese.

Remove 6 slices of roasted peppers from a jar and blot off excess olive oil.

Slice a large cocktail tomato (or halve 5 – 6 cherry tomatoes).

Measure out approximately 1/3 – ½ cup of caramelized onions.

When dough has finished rising, brush its surface with olive oil. Spread sauce over top, using the back of a tablespoon to smooth and even the sauce. Sprinkle ½ cup of the cheese over the sauce.

Using fingers, spread caramelized onion onto of the cheese layer. Add the pieces of broiled zucchini and the slices of roasted pepper. Place the pieces of fried prosciutto next and then arrange tomato slices artistically on the very top layer.

Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of Mozzarella over all the toppings.

Pop the pizza pan into the bottom 1/3 of the pre-heated oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Open your preferred bottle of red wine and pour yourself a celebratory glass. Sip and savour while your pizza bakes.

After 20 minutes, use a lifter to check the bottom of the crust to see if it is browned and firm, particularly in the middle. You may want to put the pie back into the oven for another 5 – 10 minutes until the cheese has melted/crusted to your liking, but keep a close eye on the oven to prevent burning.

When the pizza has achieved a cooked crust and melted cheese, remove from the oven and allow it to rest for 5 – 10 minutes before slicing and enjoying. Pour another glass of wine and thank the dating gods that you didn’t have to endure a pair of stilettos when dressing for this Saturday night’s date.

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4 Responses to “It’s Saturday Night How to Dress for your date . . . . . . with a Pizza!”

  1. crazytraintotinkytown October 1, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    Bella!

  2. Alice Hinther October 1, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    Looks great, Susan! I just ate dinner but this pizza made me hungry! Hahha.

    • Susan at Savvy Single Suppers October 6, 2012 at 10:56 am #

      I will post your recipe for basic pizza dough another time, Alice. Have you tried the no-knead bread dough recipe yet?

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