Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall Pizza Party 2012

I'm interrupting my Italy coverage to bring you some highlights from this past weekend's pizza party at my place in Brooklyn. There's only one rule: BYOToppings, so as guests arrive and ingredients start piling up, the pies get exponentially crazier.

Here's a pie-by-pie recap-

I always start the night with a boring plain/Margherita just to test the oven. I had tried putting my stone on the top rack of the oven rather than its usual placement at the bottom. After the poor crust rise on this guy, I quickly moved it back to the bottom.

Next up is the "Ham & Yam," a creation put together by pizza blogger Sean Taylor and his wife Robin. San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozz, julienned capicola, sweet potato dollops and grana padano. Sean wrote a nice little recap of the night on 31 Days of Pizza, what a guy.

Someone requested a veggie pie, so this one is San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozz, goat cheese, olives, artichokes, and mushrooms. I'm definitely starting to get drunk at this point.

Some dingdong made off with a slice before the pizza was properly documented! I'm pretty sure this one was the first white pie- fresh mozz, artichokes, sundried tomatoes, yam dollops, Mike's Hot Honey, and grana padano.

Being stuck between a 550 degree oven and 40 or so people, I took the opportunity to make a 'quick' deep dish/pan pizza. Lou Malnatti-style dough and a Pequod's-style cook; spinach with half mushroom/half fennel sausage.

For the record, I'm not a huge deep dish fan. That being said, if I can throw a pie in the oven that gives me 30 minutes to drink more beer and feeds the masses at the party, count me in.

I had leftover sliced mozz and sausage from the deep dish, so I whipped up a Trenton-style tomato pie (and clearly cooked it unevenly).

I think this was the most exciting pie of the night- fresh mozz, goat cheese, 2 eggs, artichokes, truffle salt, pepper and smoked salmon. Unfortunately I did not get a chance to try it. Bummer!

So I'm pretty drunk at this point, but I've got to end my tenure behind the oven with a bang, so here's the dessert pizza- caramelized bananas, cinnamon, Mike's Hot Honey, and nutella...

...And some Limoncello to wash it all down. Cheers.

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