Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Pizza Party and No One's Invited

So 10 o'clock rolls around and we still haven't had a proper dinner. We'd just been kind of snacking on small stuff. We decide to make pizza, but are too hungry to wait for dough to rise, so we take the short cut: 2 cups of flour, 2/3 cup of water, salt and 2 teaspoons of baking powder. Instant passable pizza dough. One pie used the leftovers from a can of San Marzano tomatoes and some of the juice, a clove of garlic, black pepper, basil from our garden, and anchovies. Ta-da-- an easy version of Pizza Napolitano. Second pie was less involved; just cannellini beans, red onion, and a handful of rosemary. Both turned out pretty well, with a surprisingly flavorful, cracker-like crust. We washed it down with a bottle from the local wine shop, a cuvee Les Gryphées from Chateau de Vaux a little wine from Moselle, a forgotten corner of France north of Alsace and close to the Luxembourg border. Though it worked fine with the white beans and rosemary, the anchovies were overpowering. For that we resorted to a sweet, fruity red wine that a friend had given us. It was pretty gross-- lots of creamy oak and sweet, super soft tannin-- but it was fun seeing how it could handle a bunch of salt. I won't give the producer's name 'cause we were a little ashamed to be drinking it. --JG

1 comment:

  1. Good-ass speedy pizza dough tip! Will be trying this soon.