This afternoon we were watching a show about the best pizza places in the country so I had to go off our weekly menu and make some pizza tonight instead.
The convincing pie that had me back at the store picking up a few things was the Mac ‘n Cheese pizza. I have been wanting to make this for awhile, but always thought I had to make the mac ‘n cheese first and that was a little too much prep. I wasn’t going to throw some Kraft crap on my pizza, it was going to have to be made from scratch.
Mac ‘n cheese pizza isn’t unique to one pizzeria. I have had it at a couple of different places and it’s pretty standard – cheese and pasta and usually some kind of white sauce. I thought maybe an alfredo sauce would be good, but then that can be kind of heavy and rich so I put my mac ‘n cheese pizza on the back burner until I saw the show today.
I don’t remember the name of the pizzeria that they were featuring, but the guy making it said it was the easiest pizza they made. He started with a crust (duh), sprinkled a little mozzarella on top of that, squirted some crème fraîche on top, then added plain noodles and put it in the oven. When it came out after about 8 minutes, that was when he topped it with cheddar cheese.
That seemed easy enough. I have never had crème fraîche that I know of, but whenever I hear someone mention it I think of the South Park episode when Randy treats the Food Network like porn. As it turns out, crème fraîche is just like sour cream, but from what I read, it won’t separate or curdle when it’s heated. That was worth the $4.99 I paid.
You can also make your own crème fraîche, but it involves intentionally letting some cream and buttermilk spoil on your countertop for about 12 hours. I don’t think I could bring myself to eat it after knowing how long it sat out. I prefer to let someone do the spoiling for me.
Here is the finished product:
My only complaint was that I didn’t cook it long enough. It was good, but it could gone about another 5 minutes in the oven.
I also had to make a mashed potato pizza. That one turned out perfect!