I wanted to share a photo of the delicious pizza we’ve been making often this winter. The sauce is from my garden last summer. I threw in many different tomato varieties, some carrots, basil, onions, cooked it down and froze it. The pizza also has the last of the cayenne chiles I grew, dried and crumbled. A delicious pizza. A taste of my garden on winter weekends.
We make a fairly simple pizza. My son makes the dough in the bread machine. A simple recipe from Beard on Bread, by James Beard. Mix 2 1/2 cups white flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 3/4 tsp active dry yeast, 1 cup warm water. Add more flour or water to give good dough consistency. That’s all.
For the topping: sprinkle on lots of coarsely chopped garlic, a thin layer of pizza sauce, crumble on some cooked hamburger (ideally a nice local ground sirloin), then mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, crumbled dried chile pepper, and drizzle with olive oil.
We grilled this one outside. That was the less simple part of this dinner, since there was about 3 inches of ice to chop for access to the grill. But the flavor of the grill really makes it perfect! A couple of winter radish martinis puts it way over the top – but why not!