Friday, February 5, 2016

Super Bowl Pizza!

Pizza is always the perfect guest at Super Bowl Parties.  It is the one guest you can count on to be there for you when the score dips in the second quarter. Pizza gets along well with both beer and wine. It is equally loved by meat eaters and vegetarians, by adults and kids, and by fans of both teams.  Pizza is typically one of the last to leave and everyone is sad to see it go. And not to get personal, but it is kind of a cheap date too.

Making Pizza from scratch is a staple in my house.  If I owned a wood-fired pizza oven, I would probably not eat anything but pizza ever again.  It is so versatile.  Thin crust, deep dish, bubbles in the crust, sweet sauce, spicy sauce, white sauce, the list is endless.  It is great on the night you don't feel like cooking.  Perfect for the days you clean out your fridge.  A big hit with the kids and a fun date night without them.  

At Tovolo we take pizza pretty seriously.  The Tovolo Pizza Wheel has been in the line for about 10 years.  It is one of the MOST underrated product we sell. It has two wheels, one Stainless Steel blade for cutting through crusts on metal or wood surfaces and one made of plastic that is perfect for non-stick pizza pans. It is also amazing for cutting pie crust or dough of any kind.  The blades simply change out with a easy twist on/twist off.  We are excited to announce the release the Tovolo Silicone Pizza Mat this Spring.  Oh my Gosh!  I am so excited about our Pizza Mat!  For those of you who use our Silicone Pastry Mat, this will make you so happy!  It is the same silicone fiber material but it has all the dimensions for rolling out the perfect size pizza dough or flatbread!  L-O-V-E!  It even has ingredient suggestions and a dough recipe!  

Make the dough, let it rise, stretch it out, roll (if needed) to desired size, cut with plastic blade Pizza Cutter, add toppings, bake, and eat! 

Super delicious + Super easy = Super Bowl!

The crust is crispy but not dry.  It has flavor (the longer you can let it rise the more flavor will develop) but it is not sweet or too yeasty tasting.  It has a nice chewy texture without being doughy.  You can add fresh rosemary or some minced garlic to the dough or try adding some fresh cracked pepper.  For toppings, the rules are simple - you do you!  I like fresh greens such as spinach or arugula, with fresh tomatoes, and cheese.  I prefer pesto over tomato sauce but that is me.  For the Super Bowl, I would double the recipe to make 4 - 10" pizzas.  That way you can tailor each pizza to the group that is eating them.  If you have a leftover dough, no worries, the dough freezes really well.  (If you do freeze it, make sure to bring it back to room temperature before using it.)

Tovolo Pizza Wheel cuts through pizza like Buttah!

Best of all, the dough can be made ahead of time.  There is next to no prep time for pizza.  The best part is that you get credit for seemingly doing something that is really special but in reality can be made in the same time the delivery guy would be there during the game!  Better still is the fact that YOU control the quality of ingredients and make it exactly the way you like your pizza! 


Crust recipe:
Make 2 - 10" thin crust pizza


1 cup warm water (about 110 degrees is ideal)
1 1/2 teaspoon of dry-active yeast
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon freshly chopped rosemary (optional)
2 Tablespoons of olive oil

Heat over to 475 degrees for about 30 minutes before baking the pizza.  

Combine water and yeast in a measuring cup until yeast is dissolved.  In a mixing bowl combine flour, salt, and rosemary.  Add water and yeast to dry ingredients and stir with Tovolo Dough Whisk (your hands also work well for this).  Add 1 T olive oil until dough comes together.  It will be a little shaggy but that's ok.  

Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface, like the Tovolo Silicone Pizza Mat, and knead a few times until a ball is formed.  Set dough in a clean bowl coated with the rest of the olive oil.  Let rise until doubled in size.  This should take about 30 minutes to an hour.  When ready, divide dough in half and stretch and/or roll out to desired size and shape on a lightly floured Tovolo Silicone Pizza Mat. Move crust onto your desired baking surface (pizza pan, cookie sheet, pizza stone, etc.) Add toppings and bake until crust is golden and sauce and cheese are bubbling!  

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