Sometimes only pizza will do, right?
I have very few memories of my father in the kitchen. I recall his making pancakes once or twice, but the main cooking memory I have of him is the occasional Sunday night when he would make pizza. From the Chef Boyardee box mix. Still, when my brother and I were kids, it seemed like a big deal—Dad cooking, making pizza! Growing up in the South in the 1960s, pizza was still kind of exotic. The only pizza restaurants were “on the Strip” near the university campus. Today, the franchised pizza kings offer deals on every corner–carry-out, delivery, or eat-in. The pizza dons will throw in breadsticks, soft drinks, and even cookies as part of the bargain. And if the franchise pizza makers leave you cold (and greasy), then perhaps you have a local pizzeria that creates more authentic (and tastier) pies. We have a couple of terrific pizza options in our neighborhood, but when we’re feeding Big, Middle, and Little, a few pies add up to a lot of dough! The thrifty solution, of course, is the T&C Mom’s Kitchen Sink Pizza.
Crust is key. If you have the time, a true homemade crust is easy enough to make. Ready-made crusts are also available at the grocery store, and these are not bad if you are really in a time crunch. To my mind, though, convenience and taste combine to make a great crust when you purchase dough from your local grocery’s bakery.
Once the dough is rolled out and lightly coated with olive oil and cornmeal, it’s time to add the toppings. Emptying the cheese drawer yielded this delicious four cheese pizza, topped with mozzarella, cheddar, feta, and parmesan. We then sprinkled the pizza with salt and pepper and a very light drizzling of olive oil. Other herbs, either dried or fresh, would make a wonderful addition, too.
The true Kitchen Sink pizza was rubbed with chopped garlic and then topped with fresh spinach, leftover grilled chicken, sundried tomatoes, sliced artichoke hearts, feta cheese, parmesan cheese, and onion. (Olives and peppers, bacon, really almost anything can be added to this pizza.) Again a light drizzle of olive oil and a shake of salt and pepper finished the pie.
Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned and the cheese is melted. Serve with a salad of spring greens and toss those pizza coupons in the recycle bin.
What’s your favorite pizza?