make-your-own-pizza anniversary specialPosted: October 13, 2011 | |
Remember when my boyfriend texted me a pic of pizza dough and how excited I was for a make-your-own-pizza date night??
Well, it finally happened this week! For our twenty-something-odd month anniversary, he wanted us to make something together so he suggested pizza. You bet I was excited when he mentioned that! :)
Check out our fun anniversary date night below…
For our make-your-own-pizza, there were only 2 requirements….he had to have meat, and I had to have some sort of veggie.
Making your own pizzas is great because you can use up ingredients that have been hogging up precious fridge space…
Since I made whole wheat spaghetti caprese and Marcella Hazan’s Tomato and Butter Sauce with Onions in the past and discovered how amazingly simple and easy making your own sauce was, I vowed to never buy any kind of red sauce from the grocery store again! I guess that vow included pizza sauce too (non-recipe recipe below…sorry, I never measure! But I have guesstimates :)
While the sauce simmered, I chopped up all of the ingredients (even the onion! :) and tried my best at plating like my idol (I love how freakishly neat she is).
The pizza was assembled in this fashion… slices of muenster/havarti cheese, top with sauce, sprinkled parmesan cheese, place toppings. To bake the pizza, we used our Williams-Sonoma cake pan which turned out pretty good.
Although it turned out great and was yummy, I wasn’t extremely satisfied with the crust… Any tips for me when it comes to baking pizza crust in the oven?? I like my crust crunchy! Would it be okay to pre-bake my crust for a few minutes before I add all the toppings? If so, how long? Sigh… I need help!! :(
What do you guys like to do for anniversaries? Do you prefer to stay in? Or get all gussied up and head out? If so, do you go back to where you had your first date? I would love to go to Gordon Ramsey’s Boxwood Cafe at The London West Hollywood for a fancy daytime brunch (we both love Ramsey!). And one place that always brings back happy/funny/awkward memories is Viva Madrid, it’s where we had our first date :)
Till the next monthly anniversary!
Thank you for your tremendous amount of support, love, and encouragement. Only 77 years + 6 months to go, thanks for figuring out the math :)
Kat’s Pizza Sauce
serving size: 1 medium pizza
- 16 oz. can organic tomato sauce
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 5-7 fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
- 2 tbsp dried organic 0regano (more or less depending on taste)
- sea salt (to taste)
- fresh ground pepper (lots of it)
- Combine all the ingredients into a saucepan.
- Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
- Simmer for 20 minutes, or until it’s no longer watery in consistency.
- Let it cool for a few minutes, then spoon sauce onto pizza dough.