On my way home tonight, I had to stop at Citizen's Bank to make a deposit for my Condo Association. Luckily for me, there is a Citizen's located in the Stop and Shop on Rte 44 in Raynham right near where I work. I decided while I was in there that I was going to make pizza for dinner tonight. We don't eat meat on Friday's during Lent, so pizza sounded like a great idea!
I decided while I was aimlessly walking around the market that I was going to make a traditional red pizza, but I was also going to try to make a Ricotta Cheese and Caramelized Onion pizza (I had this a few times from Bertucci's and it's just delicious).
My shopping receipt consisted of the following:
1 28-oz can of Pastene Pealed and Crushed Tomatoes (my family is obsessed with Pastene, so it's all I buy)
2 1-lb bags of Calisi Pizza Dough (I'm partial to making my own dough, but on a Friday afternoon, I'm all for store-bought dough)
1 16-oz container of Part Skim Ricotta Cheese
1 Almond Joy egg (deliciousness for the ride home!)
When I got home, I decided that instead of spreading the dough out in a cookie sheet like I usually do, I was going to use the pizza stone. Now, when I moved into my condo, the previous owner left behind her pizza stone. It had never been used, and I really didn't know how to use it but one of my employees at work explained to me what to do (heat it up first, then bake, etc).
So I first decided that I would caramelize the onions so they could cool before putting them on the dough and I could fix the other pizza while I was waiting. While they were cooking/cooling, I made the pizza sauce on the stove top, rather than just putting the sauce on the dough and all the seasonings on top. I remember my dad's Auntie Mary doing this when I was young. I always thought it was such a novel thing, since I had only ever seen my mom layer everything on the dough. I have to admit, it was pretty delicious.
As for the second pizza, it was really tasty, I wasn't as happy about it as I was the red pizza. I think buying part skim ricotta cheese was the first problem. If I try to make this again, I think I'll go with the whole milk cheese. Also, I only had about 2/3 of a massive onion, and after it was caramelized, I just don't think it was enough. I'll have to play with it a bit next time.
With both pizzas, the dough got super thin in the middle. So thin, that it actually was a bit soggy. I'll definitely have to work on that. I think even when they make pizza on TV, they keep the center thicker than the outsides.....I was thinking about that while I was spreading out the dough, but something between my brain and my hands got a little lost. :o)
Here are a few pictures of the deliciousness! With a glass of wine, dinner was pretty tasty tonight!