COOKING with STEVIE
Few foods are as universally loved as pizza. The possible varieties are only limited by your ingredients. Even the most humble pizza parlor has enough mix and match choices to create thousands of combinations. Here are just a few that you may not have thought about making on your own. Make your own dough, or use premade pie dough, but just top and heat in a very hot oven for a few minutes, and you can make better pizza at home than you may think.
Bacon Cheeseburgers are great on buns, but great on pizza too. Here the traditional mozzarella cheese has been replaced with cheddar. Tip: Add the cooked and crumbled bacon after you take the pizza out of the oven for a better texture and to keep the pizza from getting greasy.
Blueberry and cream cheese with grated Parmesan makes for a fabulous dessert pizza. Yes, pizza works for desserts too!
Carpaccio is thinly sliced (and sometimes pounded) RAW filet of beef. Since you don't want to cook the meat, bake the crust first, in this case topped with just roasted garlic. Take the cooked crust out, top with the meat, rocket (arugula), shaved Parmesan and sprinkle with your best olive oil.
Something for the vegetarians. Broccoli with hoisin sauce. Hoisin sauce is black beans, vinegar and garlic mixed up in a food processor and then strained, or you could buy it in a jar (but it is never as good). The sharp tangy sauce complements the green flavors and to go full vegan you can use a soy based cheese (I used mozzarella).
Beef with a Malbec reduction sauce sliced up and served informally. Add a little white cheddar or gruyere to your shredded cheese mix to sharpen the flavors.
Shown above, this is a pesto pizza with sliced cherry tomatoes and basil (from our garden) with fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese. Simple, elegant and great with a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar.
Few pizza toppings bring out more passion, for or against, than pineapple. It was in Canada that the Hawaiian pizza first combined pineapple and ham 50 years ago (almost to the day I am writing this). Here I have replaced the ham with a spicy sausage that counterpoints the sweet pineapple.
Another dessert pizza, this time chocolate ganache is spread on a shell prebaked with Parmesan cheese, and then topped with raspberry sauce.
Such a great pizza it got eaten before a good picture could be taken. Taco! Refried beans for the sauce, taco meat and tomatoes, and topped with cheddar cheese. Serve with lettuce and a dab of sour cream after it is taken out of the oven. Just make sure you get a better picture than we did, and watch your fingers, this one goes fast!