Sunday, August 17, 2008

Pizza Bianca recipe and video- John Deere Grill!

Here is a great recipe, as featured in Cooke's Illustrated magazine this month. I guarantee you will like the results you will get, and the versatility afforded by using variations of this dough recipe:

You can grill it in a pan (thicker crust), directly on the grill (make these really thin), or in the oven during the long Winter months.

This is the first time I used this recipe- it turned out great!!

Here is the ingredient list:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 2/3 cup room temperature water
1 1/4 tsp. table salt
1 1/2 tsp yeast
1 1/4 tsp sugar
5 T. virgin olive oil
1 tsp. Kosher salt
2 T. whole fresh rosemary leaves, optional

You need a stand mixer for this recipe- don't argue, it's just too wet of a dough to knead by hand.

You need a Kitchenaid mixer anyway, if you want to attend Deere J's kitchen and how- to classes- just get one!! NOW!

Mix the above ingredients together, reserving the sugar and yeast for last: sprinkle them on top.

Mix on low to medium for about 10 minutes.

Smear a large bowl with olive oil. Go ahead and use your fingers- it's fun! Then, dump the dough into the oily bowl, and cover with plastic wrap.

Let rise for 2 1/2 hours. Go to Church- it will be ready when you return!

Pour the dough from the bowl into a jelly roll pan, or else try a cookie sheet, or else make into small, thin pizzas and grill them directly on the charcoal grill... having trouble lighting that grill? See my other video...
And, if you have one of those worthless gas grills, sell it to buy that Kitchenaid!!

Then, using an oil-covered plastic spatula, spread the dough around the pan. (And also use your oily fingers.)
Now, top this oily, silky dough with:
1. Cheese
2. Thinly sliced Tomatoes
3. Peppers and caramelized onions
4. Italian seasoning
5. Whatever else your little, oily-handed heart desires

Put on your red-hot, CHARCOAL burning Weber, if in a pan for about 30 minutes.... much less for small, thin, directly on the grill pizzas.

Transfer to a cutting board, and use your rolling pizza slicer that you also bought with the proceeds from that gas grill...

All done! Then comes the best part of all..........EAT!!!!