Showing posts with label pepperoni. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pepperoni. Show all posts

Friday, February 21, 2014

Pepperoni and Orange Pizza

Sweet caramelized orange chunks and spicy pepperoni liven up this pizza

Sweet caramelized orange chunks and spicy pepperoni liven up this pizza.

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I'm going to round out HashtagOrangeWeek with a pizza, because it's Friday and I frequently share pizza posts on Fridays [and nearly always fix pizza for my family on Fridays, even if I've just arrived home like today].  You may think that oranges on a pizza could only be on a dessert pizza.  You'd be at the wrong blog, my friend.  I'm not saying that I'll never do a dessert pizza, but I have not yet done one and have no plans to do so at this time.  Besides, I just shared a cookie recipe using oranges, Orange Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Secret Ingredient Cookies, and a sweet muffin recipe using oranges, Orange Olive Oil Date Muffins.  
Why am I sharing a week's worth of recipes featuring oranges from Florida?  I spent this week in Florida watching my son's high school marching band parade at Disney while soaking up sun and warmth.  Since the trip was financed, in part, by selling Florida citrus in the Band Fruit Fundraiser (link to my recipe round up featuring 156 Recipes Using Fruit, from 66 bloggers) I decided to take this week to share recipes I've been making using the fruit we bought in the sale.
The BLUF of this recipe is that it's good to have a broiler.  This pizza benefits from being hit from above with a direct heat source to finish it.  The cheese browns and the oranges caramelize, just a bit, and that is a nice touch.
The other weekend we were at a sled hockey tournament in Ft Wayne, Indiana and the TV didn't get any Olympic coverage. Boo. However they did have Food Network (I don't at home), where I saw a gal in Minnesota make a kimchi pizza in an amazing copper oven.  She'd lift up the pizza--with a super-long pizza peel--to the top of the oven to hit it with a final blast of heat.  Wish I had that set up.  In a second kitchen as there's no room in mine.
It is tricky, timing the amount of 'broilerage' required for the oranges without overdoing the crust and cheese.  If I had a creme brûlée [hey the spell checker automatically put all those hoodads on the letters. Wicked cool] torch I'd hit the oranges individually with that instead.

For general hints, tips, and photo collages please check out my Pizza Primer post, a brain dump of all things related to making pizza in my home kitchen.

For more recipes using oranges, please see my Orange Recipes Collection. It's part of the Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient, a resource for folks like me overwhelmed with Band Fruit Fundraiser citrus or who just like to stock up when it's on sale at the store or who live next to a citrus farm. You pick. 

For more pizza recipes, including an entire category of Savory Pizzas With Fruit, please see my Visual Pizza Recipe Index. I'm also pinning interesting pizza recipes I find to my Pinterest boards, follow me there. I'm sharing my latest pizzas in rough form on my Instagram feed, follow me there. I'll share articles that catch my eye on my Facebook page, follow me there. Want to know How to Use This Blog?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Pickled Pepper and Pepperoni Puff Pastry Pinwheel Pizzas

Pepperoni pizza flavor inexpertly rolled into individual pinwheel pizzas. 

A recipe for pepperoni pizza flavor inexpertly rolled into individual pinwheel pizzas, this makes an easy to eat appetizer.

Question:  When is a pizza not an entree but instead an appetizer?
Answer:  When the pizza is little, cute, and can be consumed in a couple of bites.  Bonus points for alliteration.

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I had the puff pastry pizza idea for a while before I could execute it.  Luckily I picked up 2 boxes of puff pastry when I hit the outlet mall, so I had plenty of material to practice play with, because this was tricky for me to do.  I may make pizza crust look easy in my Pizza Primer, but you'll find some puff pastry outtakes on my FB page.

My first try [using fresh mozzarella and RTFM for baking instructions] was tasty but messy.  I baked the puff pastry for 10 minutes until it blew up like a throw pillow, then whacked it reasonably flat with my pizza peel [you may incorrectly assume I'm exaggerating here] and attempted to spread sauce on the flaking crust, added the toppings, and returned to the oven.  By the time the cheese was starting to melt the crust was starting to burn.  I went back to the drawing board.

A recipe for pepperoni pizza flavor inexpertly rolled into individual pinwheel pizzas, this makes an easy to eat appetizer.

Disregarding the published instructions and going rogue, I debated just topping the rolled-out puff pastry dough and baking it, but in the end I decided to roll it up and slice into pinwheels.  [Add another "p" while I'm at it.]  My slices were a bit squooshy because I again RTFM didn't see Bryn's suggestion to chill the rolled dough for 30 minutes before slicing. Do as I say in the instructions, not as I did.  Had I bought a 3rd box of puff pastry I would need to buy a new freezer to store it I'd carefully remove the package of dough from the box, rip the box to shreds so I'm not tempted to be led astray by the instructions on it, and try the pre chilling method before posting.  But #AppetizerWeek is here, and I wanted to bring you a rare Thursday pizza recipe so you get this after only 2 tries.

A recipe for pepperoni pizza flavor inexpertly rolled into individual pinwheel pizzas, this makes an easy to eat appetizer.

I made this pizza using pickled banana peppers which did not grow in my garden.  [Oh, there were banana pepper plants, 3 of them, planted in my garden.  They produced, over the course of the summer, I think about 5 peppers.  Total. Woot.]  If you prefer pickled jalapeños they'd also be a good combination with pepperoni--we just had that combo on a regular pizza crust last weekend.

If you prefer to avoid pepperoni, tomorrow in my final #AppetizerWeek post I'm sharing a vegetarian puff pastry pizza.  It's topped with roasted garlic oil, caramelized onions, spinach, olives, marinated artichokes, and goat cheese.  But because today's pizza name is such an alliterative mouthful, I'm calling tomorrow's pizza Very Veggie Puff Pastry Pizza Bites.

Visit all the other Appetizer Week blogs for more amazing recipes: