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First attempt @ home made pizza!!!

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by bfunk13, Oct 27, 2011.

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  1. bfunk13

    bfunk13 Minister of Fire

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    This is my first attempt at home made pizza.
    The town i live in has Pizza Hut and Dominoes, no "real" pizza till now. LOL

    I bought a pizza stone and it works great, the crust bakes up like brick oven NY style.
    I made the dough from scratch and will not change a thing. It was great. Although the hand tossing is tougher than it looks.
    I made enough dough for 3 pizzas, so tomorrow i will try to perfect it. I think i will try a pepperoni, sausage, mushroom, black olive tomorrow.

    Mamma Mia!

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  2. hossthehermit

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    Looks great, except you forgot the onions
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    Looks mighty fine. Here is one of the ones I made on the Weber grill this past summer. Barbecue chicken with onions, my favorite. Small oak chunks on the far side of the grill provided 500*.

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  4. GAMMA RAY

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    They both look yummy!!
    Fishingpol.....Blue Moon eh??? Nice choice... ;-)
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    Yeah, they're my back up when the Sam's run dry. I do miss the summer.
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    Pizza on the grill is the BEST! Nice job.
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    bfunk13, so was this done in your stove, or in your insert?
    Looks extremely edible. I have yet to get my crust just right, not sure what I'm doing wrong. I can bake a really nice loaf of bread, but the pizza dough doesn't rise enough for my taste (I've only made 2).
    I'm a pizzaholic. :coolsmile:
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    almost 9 am and I'm jonesing for a pizza!
  9. bfunk13

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    Are you using a pizza stone?
    The recipe i used calls for letting dough rise for over an hour.
    Most NY style dough recipes looked about the same, maybe check that out.
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    I've made scrath pizza before...came ot ok but nothing to write home about.

    Bought a pizza stone and it was the worst thing I could imagine to cook anything on. I had to throw away the pizza and the stone because they became permanently bonded while cooking. Since people use these things to cook on, I logically inferred that it was pilot error and I screwed something up bigtime, but I never figred out what it was.

    Since my wife and daughter are gluten free and I buy special GF pizza crusts for them, I now just get myself Digiorno frozen pizza. Its about as good as I've been able to find for frozen, but its not exactly fantastic.
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    I am new to this, but did you preheat the stone along with the oven?
    From what i have read, the stone should be preheated to as high as your oven will go. 500 or so before putting pizza on top.
    I luckily had no sticking. I did dust the bottom of the dough with flour and cornmeal.
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    It was so long ago that I don't recall if I did. I'm usually a directions guy...try a product out as recommended by the manufacturer and then see how bad I can screw it up on my own. For some reason I just had a bad experience, but I know its atypical.

    That first pic at the top inspired me though and I ran out for a couple slices at lunch, so thanks!
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    Here is attempt #2.
    Awesome flavor, pepperoni, onion, mushroom, whole sliced tomato. Topped with some basil and grated parmesan.
    The crust is perfect, if i could only make a circle.

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    The wife and I whip up our own pizza all the time . . . although we usually cheat and just buy a whole grain pizza dough from the Shop N' Save . . . and we use a metal pan with holes in it . . . I can never get the dough to be a perfect circle . . . my wife can . . . and can even get it to stretch enough to make a stuffed crust pizza . . . one day I should try cooking one in the woodstove.
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    Lookin' good Fishingpol, i will have to try that one.
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    Your right on the nail with a pizza stone. Pre heat to 500*, some corn meal and you are good to go. A local wood-fired pizza restaurant gave me the idea fo rbbq chicken pizza. They use goat cheese clumps on theirs, not for me though. They make a carmelized onion, mushroom and sausage pizza that rocks too.

    Here is their menu for ideas.

    http://www.kruegerflatbread.com/index.php?link=menu
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    Looks great funk! I prefer thin pizza done on a hot stone, but the wife and kids prefer I make Sicilian.

    Here's one from this summer on the grill. No extra toppings, just scratch crust and sauce.

    Can't have a better food to experiment with.

    pen

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    Thanks for the menu, very interesting.
    You are right Pen, no better food to experiment with. And good looking pie.
    I like the idea of making enough dough for 3-4 pizzas and freezing or using throughout the week.
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    No stone, bfunk13. I use the cookie sheet like pen. Not preheated. Maybe that's my problem.
    No peel to transfer either. I need more gear.
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    that cookie sheet I have in the picture is stone.

    W/ sicilian pizza, you wouldn't want to preheat it as your crust would burn before the dough cooked through.

    I do preheat my round stones if I am making thin crust.

    Here's a good read on Pizza from Alton Brown

    Never tried this recipe but it has great reviews and I enjoyed the episode on TV.

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/pizza-pizzas-recipe4/index.html

    pen
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    Thanks pen. Pics can be deceiving, eh?
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    I have made 5-6 pizzas now.
    The last one was by far the best. I would say restaurant quality.
    My neighbor jokingly called the other night to order a pizza. He was surprised when i brought one over about 45 minutes later.
    It was really good with the cooler full of beer he always has on hand.
    I think i finally got my crust just about perfect. This beats pizza hut and dominoes any day.

    Here is last nights pie.

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    Yeah, the stone makes all the difference.
    I have read that unglazed quarry tiles can be used as a pizza stone and are about .60 a piece.
    I think my stone was $25 and the peel is a cheap wooden one that does the job @ $10.

    The dough is really easy and makes enough for 3 pizzas.
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    Alright. Enough already. :) Now I am hungry and it is all your fault! Going to put a pizza in the oven for lunch right now. I make home made pizza as well. But I have to admit most of the time I find it awfully convenient to just buy the crust at the local grocery store. The deli there sells their own pizza, and will sell you two large rectangular crust for $4. Hard to beat it for time saving. Crust taste good too. Hard to really say it is homemade when you don't make the crust though. All I care about is how it taste. I eat pizza three times a week. Love it.
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    I hear ya, i am a pizzaholic. But like i said we don't have any real pizza places in this town.
    I should try the pre made dough from our deli. I don't mind making the dough as the wife follows me around cleaning up after me.
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