Random Happenings

Random notes and pics about events in the life of a not-your-typical Computer Science grad student. (Yes I am a nerd, but I don't live and breathe the SciFi channel, well maybe Stargate SG-1...)

Friday, May 18, 2007

Pizza night, Thomas-style

Last night Nathan and I were in the mood for pizza. Usually when this happens, we order out a large pepperoni and mushroom pizza from Antonio's (a local place), get comfy on the couch, and catch up on all our recorded shows. The weather was so nice outside, and I wanted to enjoy it a bit. So instead, we decided to make our own and fire up the grill.

Yes, you heard right, the grill. If you've never had grilled pizza before, you are missing out. It is delicious and a ton of fun. --- Last Fall we had our nephews Joel and Jonathan up to spend the night and we made grilled pizza with them. Joel commented, "This is better than Pizza Hut!" High praise indeed. Pictures of their custom pies are at the end.

The greatest thing is it's super, super easy. The secret is to buy some fresh dough from your local pizza joint. They usually sell it pretty cheap (we had more than enough dough for less than $1) and it is much better and easier than trying to make it yourself. Then you roll out the dough, brush it with a little bit olive oil, chop up all your toppings, and turn on the grill to high. Place the dough on the grill and let it toast for a few minutes. You can poke down any renegade bubbles with a fork while it cooks. Then flip and (quickly) sprinkle on your toppings. Close the grill lid and let the cheese melt for a minute or so. Buon appetito! Perfect pizza every time.

What I like most is making up crazy pizzas you don't normally get. Last night, we made one pizza margherita (a classic with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and olive oil) and one "steak deluxe" from some leftover T-bones from a Mother's Day BBQ at our house. The steak pizza was really yummy with steak, caramelized onions, spinach, and swiss cheese. Yum!

Here are pictures of Joel's and Jonathan's custom pizza pies as promised:


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