Sunday, May 3, 2009

My First Pizza Trial

Yesterday we invited Pearl & Darren over for dinner. We hadn't seen them in a while and with them just recently came back from Hawaii, we had a lot to talk about. I decided to keep things easy with pizza and soup.

It was my first time making pizza.

In the morning, I made a batch of pizza sauce. I found a couple of recipes online, took bits + pieces from each of them, and came up with my own recipe.

I combined olive oil, pureed onion + garlic, tomato sauce, tomato paste, crushed red pepper flakes, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. I let it simmer over medium-low heat for 30 minutes. Super simple.

Then in the afternoon, I made my favorite, Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana.

Since it was my first time making pizza, I decided to go with Pillsbury Pizza Crust. Hubs rolled out the dough just before the guests arrived.

Once they arrived, all we had to do was pile on the toppings and bake. The topping choices were sausages, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, and a combination of cheeses.

The soup was a winner, as always.

The pizza, on the hand, was just so-so. The crust was a disappointment. I think the crust really makes a difference in how good the pizza is, so without a good crust, my pizzas were kind of blah. Everyone was so sweet and still had a few slices each, though!

However, I really liked the pizza sauce I made. And I love the freshness of all the ingredients. Next time, when I precook the sausages, I need to remember to season it with salt.

We finished the meal with some ice cream. (thanks guys!)

Between all the food, there was a lot of fun chatter. It was great evening!

7 comments:

  1. aww i'm glad you had fun! i'm sure anything you cook would turn out to be a fabulous dinner party :)

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  2. Thanks for having us over, we had a great time, good food and great company, also with your gentle Pargo and hyperactive Pesto :) we miss them already! We ate 5 slices of pizza and 3 servings of Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana. more please, we are hungry now....

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  3. I love the pizza my Mom used to make - using pillsbury pre-made pizza crust.

    She would make it uneven in thickness - some thin spots and some thick spots... and it was all good. :) I think it just had to bake awhile.

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  4. Looks great, I was thinking of making pizza for dinner this week as well!

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  5. @ Intense Guy: We cooked the pizza until the cheese melted. The first pizza had crust that was a bit too soft, so maybe I should've baked it longer, but I didn't want to burn the cheese.

    We kept the second pizza in the oven (but with the oven off) to keep it warm while eating the first one. By the time we took the second one out, the crust was overcooked (read: burnt).

    I don't know, maybe my method was wrong (although I followed the instructions specifically), but I am not a fan overall. They were definitely very convenient though!

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  6. The pizza looks really tasty. I also love Zuppa Toscana, I make it at home all the time.

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  7. Just finished up all the soup today for lunch. Can never get enough of this stuff. The pizza wasn't bad at all, the toppings all worked perfectly, just need to make our own crust next time.

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