Monday, February 7, 2011

Super Bowl Sunday: Pizza MB-style

I asked hubby what he wanted for Super Bowl Sunday dinner. He looked at me like I was crazy. "Pizza, of course." Duh. What was I thinking?! Unfortunately, we were out and about at the time, so I had no way to know if we had the required supplies at home. I usually keep multiple balls of our favorite pizza dough in the freezer so we can make it at a moment's notice.

When we finally got home from our trip to the Big Zoo, errands, and the grocery store, it was already 3:00. And then I checked in the freezer: one dough ball (enough for one personal pizza) and a tiny bag of pizza sauce. What would we do?!

So I pulled open The Modern Baker. I knew that if there was a quick pizza dough recipe to be found, it would be in there. And it did not disappoint! NM has a recipe for focaccia/pizza dough...Hubby really likes deep dish pizza, so we decided to try it.

This was so easy: mix flour and salt in a big bowl. Whisk instant yeast into warm water, add olive oil. Add it to the dry ingredients and mix. Let rise until doubled (I did it in my slightly warm oven because we were in a time-crunch; took about 40 minutes). Slide onto an oiled pan. Use oiled fingers to spread it all around. Let rise again (took about 40 minutes again). Top. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool for 5. Devour.

NM's Nonna's pizza recipe uses tomatoes instead of sauce. But I'm married to a guy who thinks that if it doesn't come with red sauce, it's not pizza. So I used the little bit of pizza sauce that I'd had in the freezer, plus some diced tomatoes. Then we topped it with the kids' favorites: pepperoni, pineapple, and olives, and some mozzarella and grated romano.

Hubby loved it. The kids ate a ton. I thought it was quite tasty. PR's neo-neopolitan pizza is still my favorite, but this will be my go-to recipe for pizza-in-a-flash or hubby's occasional craving for deep dish.


  1. That looks wonderful! We loved this, too, and my guys also prefer sauce on it, so after the first time, mine now comes with sauce instead. Have made it numerous times as the kids and their friends like it a lot, too.

  2. I agree, this pizza was delicious and so easy. I used canned pizza tomatoes, so that was like something in between tomatoes and tomato sauce - worked great!

  3. There is nothing better than a slab pizza for a quick and simple way to feed the masses! :)