Last weekend was filled with homemade pizza! Khoa, clueing in to my cheese cravings, decided to surprise me by making homemade pizza dough and pizza sauce while I was working on Saturday (yes, I had to work for a few hours last Saturday 😦 ). But, I would work every Saturday if I got to come home to homemade pizza every time 🙂
Making pizza is actually a lot easier than you think (or…it looks easy…I didn’t make it).
To make a quick pizza sauce, Khoa sautéed some garlic and olive oil in a pan and added a can of whole tomatoes, fresh basil, crushed red peppers, salt, and pepper. It’s amazing how well tomatoes, garlic, and basil go together. You’re guaranteed to have a delicious creation using those three ingredients; trust me, I know how to mess up a dish. As for the pizza dough, Khoa did a little online browsing and found a recipe over at The Daily Meal. It worked out great!
For Saturday’s pizza, we added yellow bell peppers, shitake mushrooms, red onions, sliced mini tomatoes, and minced garlic. For the cheese, we used some plain white shredded cheese that we picked up at the general store (the package doesn’t even say what kind of cheese it is…just “shredded cheese”). We also added some smoked gouda, horseradish gouda, and a little cheddar cheese. These cheeses are left over from when we went home to America for a visit. Khoa and I managed to carry three blocks of frozen cheese through airport security. We went through three different airports, had the cheese X-rayed and tested for bomb residue twice, and Khoa managed to not break his back carrying the heavy load during our 24-hour journey. It was totally worth it. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been deprived of pizza for a long time, but Khoa’s pizza was amazing! Definitely better than anything I’ve had here in Japan.
We had some leftover dough, so Sunday was devoted to making our own mini pizza pockets (Khoa corrected me and said they’re actually “calzones,” but I like “pizza pockets” better 😛 ). Here they are before baking:
We added some olive oil and minced garlic to the top of our mini pizza pockets. The garlic became roasted after baking in the oven and it gave the crust a nice garlic flavor. We didn’t do an egg wash on top, but the pizza pockets would have looked nice and golden brown had we done it. Also, don’t forget to cut a small hole in the top of the pizza pocket/calzone so air can escape!
Khoa and I had so much fun making our own pizza. Once we start a family, it’s something that we want to do every week with our kids. But for now, we’ll be making pizzas together, just the two of us, on our tiny island in the Sea of Japan.