So for weeks now I have been wanting to invite a coworker and his wife over for dinner because they are awesome and invited us to their beach house and we owe them. In my head I was going to make this crazy epic ravioli spread that consisted of five different times of mushroom ravioli. Because I'm crazy and think things that are totally unrealistic are straight up going to happen. Instead, my coworker who is rational and smart was like "hey, brilliant, why don't you just invite us over?" And I was like "oh yeah, you're a genius, let's make pizza."
So that's what happened. But it has been hotter than my damn armpits after doing 83930 chaturangas (that's some nerd yoga talk for all you yoga readers out there) and I'm like no way in hell are we turning on the oven to make pizza. But B is amazing and is like "I've made pizza on the grill and it's awesome let's do that." So we did.
Enter: a grill that somebody left outside our apartment for the using.
Also, the other day I discovered something amazing-most pizza places will sell you dough that you can take home and use to make your own pizza. We got two balls of dough that make 20" pizzas for $4. Then all we needed to do was supply the toppings. I rolled out all the dough into little individual pizzas, but then made the mistake of putting them in between ungreased wax paper and some of them stuck together. So if you don't do that, you will be in business. Pre-cook the rolled out pizza dough on the grill for a few minutes and then bring inside to add toppings.
I forgot to take pictures of the uncooked toppings because I was too busy eating at this point. But here is a picture of a cheese and green olive pizza. And when I say green olive, I mean the good kind of green olive, castelvetrano. The tomato sauce (recipe below) is delicious. America's Test Kitchen knows how to make a good pizza sauce (and crust, if you have the time).
Our messy kitchen table and Gypsy trying to see if she can steal anything.
Bomb-Ass Pizza Sauce
adapted from America's Test Kitchen
- 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, drained and liquid discarded
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- 2 medium garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon table salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon fresh oregano
We ended up making 6 pizzas: three green olive and cheese with red sauce, one margheita with fresh basil, a plain cheese, and the truffle oil/arugula pizza.
After we digested the delicious pizza, we made s'mores over the leftover grill coals. I love s'mores. They are just so nostalgic and delicious. I always forget how much I like them until I make them. And while I am normally a dark chocolate lover, I have to say that milk chocolate is the only way to go with s'mores. Oh, and normal to gigantic sized marshmallows. Not the tiny ones that you put in hot chocolate (side eye to B).
So next time you're craving homemade pizza and it's too hot for your oven to be turned on, try grilling it. It tastes like a wood-fired pizza and is really easy and good. Plus, then you get to make individual sized pizzas and everybody gets their own topping.