As I mentioned earlier this week, we had some impromptu pizza this weekend that I was very happy about. We made pizza about a month ago, but before that, the last time was probably October! My pizza oven was growing roots. We came up with 4 new pizza varieties this time around and I wanted to share them with everyone. If you want to know all the basics of pizza making, be sure to check out the pizza week extravaganza I put together back in October.
I told you! Poor pizza oven!
If you have been coming to this site for awhile, you know the ongoing joke. My friend Gareth has a very British palate. He claims to not like cheese and pasta, but still likes pizza and eats most of what we feed him. He is always asking for us to make shepherds pie or bangers and mash, so today I thought it would be fun to make a bangers and mash pizza. Here is a quick sausage I put together with a more British flavor compared to the Italian or breakfast sausages I usually make. The meat is ground pork and the bacon listed is 6 slices diced small in the background of the shot. There is also pepper sprinkled everywhere. Just give this a good mix and let it sit a few hours. Then cook it in a hot pan.
Lots of oregano is key for pizzas. We mixed some of this with ricotta for one of the new pizza varieties.
Gravy for the bangers and mash pizza. I cooked some diced onion and garlic in oil and added water with oregano, Worcestershire, and molasses. I braised a piece of beef chuck in this mixture for like 3 hours. I shredded the beef for one pizza, and strained the liquid and reduced it to ¼ of the original amount to make this gravy. I don't mess around when it comes to pizza.
The first of our new pizzas. Ricotta mixed with lemon juice and oregano topped with caramelized onions.
I have officially mastered my pizza oven! We cranked out some awesome pizzas that night. This pizza was cooked perfectly, but the flavors turned out a bit bland. Some pepperoni would have made it better, or if we used homemade ricotta.
Gravy instead of sauce?? This is for the bangers and mash pizza. The "Arrested Development" jokes will be flying in the comments today.
This was the best bread structure we have achieved yet!
Gareth said the proper British way to eat this pizza would be with a knife and fork. We did not allow this, so he said that this was the next best way.
This pizza is shredded beef, roasted red pepper, and arugula. We used horseradish infused cheddar to complete one of my favorite flavor combos!
Mandi got decorative with the peppers.
The pizza oven in all its glory!
See the steam rising from the pizza? This is my favorite moment of pizzamaking.
The last pizza needed a pink sauce, so we just mixed some cream into our normal sauce.
Usually we put arugula on pizzas after they come out of the oven, but in this case, we wanted a cooked arugula flavor. Those little meat pieces are diced shrimp I cooked earlier.
Let me talk about this pizza for a minute. I normally hate even the idea of seafood with cheese. It pretty much grosses me out. However, like all rules there are a few exceptions. Tuna fish sandwich or melt is one of them. Or a fried fish sandwich. Here is another. It's still less cheese than the other pizzas, but let's face it, a cheeseless pizza is like a hornless unicorn!
Bangers and Mash Pizza
Sausage (Ingredients are above in the pictures)
Cooked diced shrimp
Shredded Beef -a flank steak grilled to medium would be delicious for this also
Roasted red pepper
Horsradish Infused Cheddar
Arugula put on after cooking.
Ricotta Caramelized Onion
Ricotta. Homemade would be better.
Remember to check out pizza week for dough, sauce, cheese mixes, other toppings, cooking methods and general pizza goodness.