Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Joys of Pizza Night and a Recipe for Mexican Pizza

Pizza night! Pepperoni and Mexican Pizza.
It's been a gorgeous September so far! It got cool for a few days and I was thinking about packing up all my summer clothes but lo and behold the weather warmed up again! We will be having temperature highs in the high eighties by the end of the week! You know what else starts at the end of this week? Oktoberfest! One of my favourite holidays...there is a soft spot in my heart for bratwurst smothered in sauerkraut and hot mustard ;-)

But I'm getting ahead of myself as my Oktoberfest recipe is coming later this week.

Lets shift our focus on pizza and the joys of pizza night. I've witnessed no other food that brings people together like pizza. Everybody loves pizza and I find that the mood gets lighter, people get happier, and that hard day at work or the horrible weather get forgotten instantly when "It's Pizza Night!" gets announced.

We had pizza night last Friday. That morning I pulled  half a batch of Perfect Pizza Dough out of the freezer to thaw on the counter throughout the day. When it was time for dinner I preheated the stove to 500F placed my cast iron skillet inside and pulled out all the left over bits and pieces from my fridge. I had a red bean, black bean, onion, pepper mixture from vegetarian fajita night, a squeeze bottle of enchilada sauce, leftover sliced onion and red pepper, cheddar cheese, and pepperoni. Those ingredients beckoned to be made into 2 different pizzas; Mexican and classic pepperoni.  So I divided the dough, added the toppings and baked them individually for 10 minutes.

We then grabbed a bottle of our favourite brew (mine was the KBC Blueberry Wheat), sliced up some fresh tomatoes (our fav pizza topping), sat down, dug in, and wondered why anyone would ever order take out?!

Pizza night at the McFaddens! (Pepperoni and Mexican Pizza)
Mexican Pizza - Yum!

Mexican Pizza
by Kaitlyn McFadden

Things you need:

  • Perfect Pizza Crust (recipe here)
  • Enchilada Sauce (recipe here)
  • Beans! Black beans, red beans, refried beans, its your choice! (Drained and rinsed)
  • Onion and red pepper; sliced or diced, sauteed or raw
  • 1 tsp of granular garlic
  • 1 tsp of onion powder
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tbsp of chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes
  • Cheese! Cheddar, mozzarella, pepper jack, its your choice! (shredded)
  • *optional fresh toppings: sliced tomato, shredded lettuce, cilantro, sour cream

Basic Structure:
  1. Preheat oven and pizza stone to 500F
  2. Roll out the pizza dough. Place on parchment paper and then a pizza peel.
  3. Top generously with enchilada sauce.
  4. Mash up your beans, they don't have to been smooth just mash them enough to form a bit of a paste. 
  5. If you are sauteing your veggies then add all the spice and seasonings to them but if you are choosing to add them raw then add the seasonings to the mashed up beans.
  6. Top the enchilada sauce with beans, top the beans with the veggies, top the veggies with the cheese.
  7. Transfer pizza/parchment paper from peel to stone and bake for 10 minutes.
  8. Grabbing a corner of the parchment paper slide the pizza back onto the peel and repeat if making 2 pizzas. Top with desired fresh toppings. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before consuming.