Pizza Stuffed Lori

September 29, 2010

Last night I helped make homemade pizza.

Last night I helped eat homemade pizza.

Last night I went to bed suffering with a belly full of (gluteny) homemade pizza.

But really, it was damn good.

The process of homemade pizza-making can be as simple or as hard as you make it, really. In the case of Lori, I go for simple. Simple means Trader Joe’s provides you with ready-made pizza dough.

This feast-of-pizzas was needing to feed 5 hungry people (boyfriend, Lori, Mama Samaan, Oma and Opa- boyfriend’s grandparents visiting from Germany), so I opted with two regular organic pizza doughs and one organic whole wheat.

The sauce was compliments of the Boyfriend.

The sauce was pretty much this recipe, and included the following:

  • 1 (4-ounce) can tomato paste + 2 oz extra if you have another can (6 oz total)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves

Best. Sauce. Ever.

So, after preparing the sauce, gathering topping ingredients, and prepping the dough, we split the three doughs into two, totaling 6 pizzas. Enough math… let’s look at our creations…

PIZZA 1: Tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, white onions, organic apple-smoked bacon, and freshly cracked black pepper.

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PIZZA 2: Inspired by “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” on the Food Network, Yukon Gold Potato Pizza from Five Points restaurant. This pie included mozzarella cheese, THINLY sliced Yukon gold potatoes, white onions, and cracked black pepper.

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PIZZA 3: Whole wheat dough, tomato sauce, (previously) barbecued eggplant, white onions, and homemade dried tomatoes.

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PIZZA 4: Tomato sauce,  mozzarella cheese, dried tomatoes, mushrooms, white onion, fresh jalapenos, and topped with fresh tomatoes.

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PIZZA 5: Whole wheat dough, tomato sauce, tiniest amount of mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, roasted zucchini and yellow squash, and apple-smoked bacon.

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PIZZA 6: The Classic “Margherita”- Tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil leaves, fresh tomatoes, black pepper, drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Boyfriend's hand drizzling olive oil

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And then we ate… a LOT of pizza…

I’m telling you, these were literally the BEST pizzas I have ever had. Homemade is so much better tasting, cheaper, and more fun. It took about 2 hours to prepare and bake everything, though. And it was about 85 degrees outside, if not hotter. Imagine inside the house with the oven going and wine flowing…

QUESTIONS:

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Have you ever made your own pizza?

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan September 30, 2010 at 7:04 AM

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Katie September 30, 2010 at 6:10 AM

Omg that looks heavenly!!! NICE JOB seriously! I have to say pizza is my favorite food ever. I love a plain pizza with black olives and onions. Or a pizza with ricotta cheese and eggplant mmmm!

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Laury @thefitnessdish September 29, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Home made pizza is THE BEST! I love making multi-grain pizza with garlic, spinach, goat cheese and caramelized onions….AMAZING!

PS– I live in Philly to answer your Q from before 😉 I know Alisa is in Nevada? I assume you’re close by on the other side of the country from me 🙁
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Ally @ Sweet & Savory September 29, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Well, you no me and my love of all things pizza! Yum! All look delicous, how did the potato one turn out?
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Katie September 29, 2010 at 1:56 PM

You know I rarely miss pizza, but these make me miss it….a lot. I want #5!!!

My favorite was always whatever has a ton of veggies on it. I love mushrooms, peppers, sauteed spinach, and some pineapple.

That TJs dough is fantastic too. I love it. I used to make it into breakfast pizza with eggs baked on top.
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Michelle@ Housewife in the Raw September 29, 2010 at 12:41 PM

I made pizza last night! I make a cheese one for the kids and the husband and I split our pizza down the middle. My side had olive oil/garlic topped with pine nuts, onions, red pepper and mozzarella and feta. His side had tomato sauce topped with red peppers, onions, chicken -apple sausage and a bit of cheese.

Yum!

How was the potato pizza you made? Looks intriguing.
.-= Michelle@ Housewife in the Raw´s last blog ..Breakfast Parfait =-.

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Kat September 29, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Holy pizza!! Gosh I could eat pizza everyday, hot or cold. It is truly one of my favorite foods. I love it packed with a good sauce (yours looks fab!) and loaded with vegies. I love garlic, so some chunks of garlic are always on my pizza as well as spinach, bell peppers, olives, and sometimes I get crazy and load it up with brocolli and asparagus. There are no limits to pizza toppings!!
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Ela September 29, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Looks like beautiful pizza! Yes, homemade is always best.

I make pizza for my husband – since gluten and dairy are out for me, it doesn’t appeal much to me! He prefers pesto pizzas to tomato-ey ones.

I think the eggplant one of yours sounds especially good.
love
Ela
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yo yo mama September 29, 2010 at 8:31 AM

it all looks fabulous. Couldn’t you please make some for us~~!!!!

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nelly September 29, 2010 at 8:24 AM

ummmm YES i am italian…haha…growing up we never ordered pizza…my mom always made fresh homemade pizza dough and pizza…my fave pizza memory/topping…in italy…fresh white pizza and mortadella (i know gross, but i loved it)…and pizza with tomato sauce and basil and the freshest mozzarella in the world…pizza with potatoes and onions…and pizza with only mushrooms and slight bit of mozzarella and olive oil…YUM! YUM! YUM! now i want pizza!

love your pizza adventure!!! thanks for sharing…and gosh i love applewood everything!!!! you should try applewood smoked cheese if you can! it’s incredible!

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Joanne September 29, 2010 at 8:17 AM

Homemade pizza never fails to hit the spot for me! So much better than storebought. You guys seriously went all out with these babies. Awesome.

I noticed you are training with TNT! I’m mentoring for them this season in NYC for the Disney Marathon in January. What are you training for?
.-= Joanne´s last blog ..Japanese Chicken Curry – Regional Recipes- Japan =-.

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Madeline - Greens and Jeans September 29, 2010 at 7:45 AM

Oh my stars. Those look so good! My favorite pizza is anything with pesto and feta
.-= Madeline – Greens and Jeans´s last blog ..maddie-fied =-.

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