Continuing with our theme of buffalo inspired meals, I made a triple buffalo pizza using strips of buffalo minute steak. Combined with sliced buffalo tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella and topped off with fresh basil leaves (that may have been near a buffalo at some point), this was one seriously tasty and good-looking pizza!
I’m a sucker for great pizza! So many different combinations of toppings and sauces, whether it’s steak and mushroom with BBQ sauce or a vegetarian pizza with passata. Endless possibilities. Yet my tried and tested pizza dough recipe has remained the same … could that be improved?
Yep, it could. And it has been. I tried one of Ken Forkish’s pizza dough recipes, this has upped the quality for our homemade pizzas. It’s easy to manipulate, not too thin and perfect elasticity. The pizza has more texture and flavour, is slightly chewy with just the right level of crispness. And it’s just as simple to make as ever …
My mother visited us, announcing she was on a vegetarian diet. She also wanted to see our Big Green Eggs that she’d heard so much about. So we made a delicious vegetarian pizza topped with her favourite herbaceous plants … smoked tomato, aubergine and mushrooms.
I enjoyed a bowl of smoked bourbon baked beans at the weekend, paired perfectly with a juicy rib-eye steak. What to do with the leftover beans though? I had planned to make a pizza during the week. A steak pizza for that matter.
In a moment of culinary creativity, my wife blended the remaining beans into a sauce as a passata substitute. It resulted in one of the best tasting meat pizzas that we had.
This is currently our go-to pizza. A simple, yet effective, combination of spiced lamb, textured goats cheese and tasty spinach, finished off with shredded mozzarella. Learn how to cook this for yourself, using either an oven or a Big Green Egg.
Scratch-made pizza was a “road to Damascus” home-cooking moment. My oven-baked pizzas were really good. Yet whilst being tasty, and much better than pre-packaged products, they lacked that authentic pizzeria quality.
To go further in my pizza-making journey, I decided that I needed a proper pizza oven. My wife agreed. Seriously, she did … and she also discovered the Big Green Egg.
I still remember the warm summer’s day when I first baked a home-made pizza. It tasted fantastic, fresh flavours and a crisp thin-crust base, served with both a glass of wine and a sweet sense of victory. And the desire to make many more. Which I did.
This post covers the basics of with a ham and mushroom pizza using home-made dough. From this foundation, it’s easy to make most pizzas for baking in a standard kitchen oven, wood fired pizza oven or ceramic oven such as a Big Green Egg.