Pizza Pizza!!

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:

Mac ‘n Cheese Pizza

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!

Mashed Potato Pizza

 

Extra Cheese Is Two Dollars

Whenever I eat pizza I think of the movie, Do The Right Thing.  I haven’t seen the movie in years, but I can’t order a slice and not think of Radio Raheem saying “Two slices.”  Ahhhh, Spike Lee and the 90’s.

I used to consider myself a pizza purist.  By that I mean I stuck to traditional American toppings – pepperoni, mushrooms, black olives, green peppers and onions.  I’ll eat any of those toppings in any combination.  I don’t like sausage and Canadian Bacon is OK but I prefer pepperoni.

There are those that swear by the quirky pizzas like Buffalo Chicken, Bacon Cheeseburger, Mac-n-Cheese or any other fusion pie, but when I get a craving for pizza, I want a traditional crust, sauce and toppings.

Last month I went out for my friend, Janis’ birthday.  We went to Urbn Pizza for drinks and dinner (it’s so trendy they don’t even put the a in Urban).  I checked out the menu before I went to see what kind of deliciousness I would be dining on.  All I saw were a lot of strange topping combinations which were undoubtedly wonderful, but there was not one traditional pizza option on the menu.

And then I saw the Mashed Potato.  The description was White pie w/ mozz, pancetta, fresh mozz, parm.  Now we’re cookin’ with fire.  That pizza was soooooo damn good.  There was a perfect amount of cheese, pancetta and potato.

I love a carb overload when it involves potatoes.  One of my favorite things to eat with Thanksgiving leftovers is mashed potato sandwiches.  Something about carb on carb makes me happy.

Tonight I made my own mashed potato pizza.  I didn’t use all the fancy ingredients like they did at Urbn Pizza.  I started with my favorite crust recipe.  This is the best crust I have ever made.  It’s super easy and you don’t need to have a mixer, even though it says it in the instructions.  I just use a wooden spoon.  I like to give my crust a little pre-bake before I put my topping on so it’s a little firmer.  Oh, and don’t bake it at 350 degrees – jack it up to 450.

Once my crust had cooked for about 5 minutes, I topped it with 2 servings of instant mashed potatoes, a cheddar/mozzarella cheese mix and some bacon.  I threw it back in the oven for about 7 or 8 minutes and then topped it with a little olive oil drizzle.

I forgot to take a picture when it was still whole.

This was fantastic!  I ate half of it myself.  Ryan made the mistake of leaving a piece behind and going for the pepperoni pizza I made.  I, of course, ate it and then he claimed it was a test and I failed.  I told him he failed – we have been married for almost 9 years.  If he thinks I’m going to pass up eating all of my favorite foods on one convenient little square of dough, he is mistaken.

One delicious serving suggestion was throwing a little hot sauce on top.