Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Super Snack for The Super Bowl - New York Pizza

Laura Ruby, Editor of the Fauquier Weekender Newspaper, came up with the most marvelous idea for Super Bowl refreshments. She orders in food from the cities the teams represent and has it shipped Fed-Ex.

For this year's game, she's ordering pizza from New York and clam chowder and lobsters from Boston. Not cheap, but what great fun!

Here's a very easy recipe for a New York pizza that you can whip up in a flash for a fraction of the cost of having pizza flown in....

Karla's True Grits New York Style Pizza
Make 1 (14-16 inch) pizza

3 tablespoons old fashioned (coarse) grits (not quick cooking or instant)
1 batch dough (recipe follows)
2 cups thick pasta sauce (your favorite - about 20 oz.)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups shredded, whole milk mozzarella cheese (or to taste)
Pizza toppings (as desired)

Grease pan. Sprinkle grits evenly over bottom. Press dough over grits to fill pan bottom.(Dampen hands will cool water to prevent sticking. Do not use flour. It's OK if dough shrinks back from edges.) Lightly rub 1 tablespoon of oil over dough.

Spread sauce to within 1/2 inch of edges. Sprinkle with oregano. Top with cheese.

Toss toppings in remaining oil and distribute over cheese. Use a plastic scraper to get all the oil.

Let rise in a warm place until edges have doubled - about 1 hour.

When dough is risen, position over rack so pizza will bake in center. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake 40 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cheese has melted.

Dough
Using a bread machine makes this a snap!

1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon Kosher salt (or 2 teaspoons regular salt)
4 1/4 cups bread flour (not all purpose flour)
2 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast (or 1 package)

Put ingredients in order into a bread machine. Set on "pizza dough." Continue with recipe after dough cycle is complete.

By hand: Mix all dry ingredients together. Stir in water. Knead 10 minutes or until elastic. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double - about 45 minutes then continue with recipe.

Karla's tip: Large pizza pans (disposable or reusable) are available in most grocery stores.


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