Happy Friday! It was a pretty fast week here at the homestead. The hubby had the week off, and as usual, the week went too fast. There was lots of being lazy, watching numerous movies, and eating bowl after bowl of popcorn. But, like always, the hubby had to go back to work. So off I go on my normal activities, which include making Loaded Baked Potato Soup and baking Nutella-Swirled Banana Bread. It's going to be a delicious day :)
Funny story- About 2 weeks ago, I was really craving pizza. However, if you've read my pizza dough recipe, you know it takes all day. I make it early in the morning because it cold rises in the fridge for +8 hours. That was the predicament- no dough. Not such a big deal in most areas, but I was soon to discover it was in mine. I do not do Pillsbury pizza crust, it's pretty gross. I'm really not into the prepared crusts like Boboli either. In Portland, I could pick up a ball of fresh dough at any grocery store. I usually picked them up at Safeway, but they sold dough at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's as well. On top of grocery stores, you could go into any pizza place and buy a ball of their fresh dough. It makes sense. If you aren't going to buy their pizza, at least they are selling you something in the dough. I always thought that was the point of a business- you give the customer what they want so they come back. Revolutionary, I tell you.
The point of all this. On this day, when I had no dough and all I wanted was to make a pizza (not buy a pizza from the numerous greasy chains around here), I called 10 or so pizza places to see if I could buy a ball of fresh dough. The first store I called, the woman on the phone acted like she'd never heard of anyone wanting to buy dough before. Then, without asking anyone, she said, "No, I don't think we would sell our dough." Fantastic. I was annoyed, but mildly. Until I called numerous other stores to be met with the same incredulousness that someone had the gall to want to buy dough. And then refused. Then I was super annoyed. I was not buying a pizza from any of these evil people, so I went with the Pillsbury. It was, as usual, so disappointing.
The moral of this story?
When I make pizza dough, I now make 2. And freeze one. And glare at these pizza places every time I drive by. Maturity at it's best, I tell you :)
Have a great weekend everyone!
1 onion, roughly chopped
8 oz mushrooms, quartered
1 zucchini, quartered and chopped
1 yellow squash, quartered and chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
garlic powder, salt, pepper
1/2- 3/4 cup prepared pizza sauce
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1. Preheat oven to 425º. Lightly coat a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Set aside
2. In a large bowl, combine chopped vegetables with olive oil. Season to taste with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Spread vegetables into a single layer on cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and browned. Set aside.
3. Turn oven up to 550º, placing pizza stone on top rack. Preheat oven 1 hour. Remove pizza dough from fridge and allow to rest on counter while oven preheats.
4. Roll pizza dough into a round. Remove pizza stone from oven, place on holder. Turn oven off, and turn broiler on. Move pizza round to the stone (carefully, the stone is beyond hot!). Brush pizza sauce onto dough. Layer vegetables over pizza sauce, then layer with mozzarella.
5. Bake in oven 5-7 minutes, or until cheese and crust are starting to get blistery. Slice, and serve immediately.
Linked to: Weekend Potluck