Yesterday we were off the usual schedule, one of those days where you know dinner won’t happen until late.
While cruising the generous aisles of ShopRite (which was surprisingly empty for 6pm on a Saturday) we settled on a homemade pizza.
I started by preheating the pizza stone. I can’t express enough the difference a pizza stone can make for your at home pizza making experience. But don’t forget to preheat it, crucial. I usually pop it in the preheating oven while prepping everything else. Bring the oven up to 400°-450°.
I sliced up some vegetables (roasted red peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, and baby spinach) while Mister tossed the room temp dough (store bought) with flour, stretching it into pizza shape. I’ll be honest, this process is a mystery thing to me. It’s always done by the man of the apartment and I couldn’t fathom what should happen or how the lump becomes pizza shaped so easily.
plopped evenly distributed ricotta around the dough after a light drizzle of olive oil. Followed by the vegetables and then a generous portion of shredded mozzarella.
So so so so good. I love homemade pizza, it’s always exactly how you want it. The pizza stone did a great job crisping up the crust.
As a related side note: how do you choose what ingredients to splurge on?
Personally, we’re on a budget. We don’t have the luxury of splurging on high end olive oil or hand pulled mozzarella. But when it comes to items I’ll eat raw, like baby spinach or carrots, I almost always buy organic. Meat is the same category, I buy the best quality I can find in my price range. Eggs are a big issue of debate between me and Mister: I prefer eggs from the CoOp with an identifiably farm relation, while he doesn’t see the point. In his defense he’s coming around to seeing my point. The ideal is local, organic, free range blah blah blah but it can get confusing an expensive fast.
What do you choose and why?