Sunday, February 6, 2011

super bowl sunday eats.

We're not football fans but we do enjoy Super Bowl Sunday for very obvious reasons - I love the ads & homemade Chex Mix and Danny loves the pizza, wings & beer.

Jared's in town so the three of us are having a mini party. The plan is to start the day with brunch at The Vig before heading home to "watch the game" and cook. Each person is responsible for contributing something traditional to the party. Jared is making guacamole, I'm making homemade baked buffalo wings (recipe here) and Chex Mix (recipe here) and Danny's on the pizza and beer.

Since we've enjoyed cooking lately, we decided to forego our usual Sunday takeout pizza last weekend and went the homemade route. We called our friend Matt - who's very talented in the kitchen - to get his homemade pizza recipes. Little did he know we'd be calling him every 20 minutes for clarification over the next two hours (sorry stick!) but we wanted it to be perfect. And oh my goodness - delicious! We highly recommend Matt Dewey's Margarita Pizza. We're thinking this may be on the menu tonight and suggest you add it to your Super Bowl feast as well.

Matt Dewey's Homemade Margarita Pizza

1 bag of Trader Joe's pizza crust dough, regular flavor

1 large can of whole San Marzano tomatoes (must be this type. we found at AJs)

5 cloves minced garlic

Dried oregano

Buffalo Mozzarella cheese ball (sliced)

Fresh basil

Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

Homemade Sauce
Heat olive oil in medium sauce pan
Hand crush tomatoes, add entire can plus sauce into pan

Add minced garlic and oregano

Cook on low for 45 minutes-1 hour, stirring occasionally

Pizza Crust
(start baking crust about 10 minutes before sauce is complete)

Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees

Lightly grease baking sheet/pizza baking sheet

Use flour and hands to roll out pizza dough into a thin crust; place on sheet

Brush olive oil onto top of crust; sprinkle with salt

Bake for 4-6 minutes or until golden brown

Remove pizza dough

Flip over, and repeat on other side - oil, bake, remove

Once sauce is ready, remove warm pizza dough from the oven 

(it should be golden and fairly crisp at this point on both sides)
Layer crust with sauce and cheese slices
Put on hot grill for 45-60 seconds, simply want to give the grill marks - be careful not to burn!

Top with fresh basil

{ta dahhh... dough master}

{the homemade sauce smells soooooo good}

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