Pizza – PIZZA! “Everybody Loves Pizza”

 

Pizza is a worldwide  all time favorite food. Everybody loves pizza!

Regardless of where you’re from or what your age is people love pizza.  The toppings and combination’s for pizza are countless. Ranging from the traditional  tomato-basil-mozzarella pie to designer pies such as arugula, prosciutto and cherry tomato pies then stretching out  to tropical and Mid-Eastern toppings and beyond.

So,  toppings for pizza are truly endless. Pizza is a dish that is celebrated and eaten clear across the world, and each country has added their own artistic touch to  pizza toppings in accordance with the flavors and food combination’s of the respective country.

This is what makes pizza one of the most recognizable and loved foods in the world. The simple fact that it can adapt to many different cultures very easily.

 

For some fabulous and exciting facts about the history of pizza check > http://www.lifeinitaly.com/food/pizza-history.asp

One thing for sure is that the key factors to an excellent pizza are always the same.

The keys are: a good pizza dough, a pizza peel, (to easily slide the pizza from the work space into the oven), and an extremely hot pizza oven.

If cooking at home then you will need to turn your oven to its highest setting and place a pizza stone on you wire rack that should be placed in the center of the oven. Let the oven preheat with the pizza stone for at least 45 minutes prior to baking your pizzas.

 

Pizza Demo

 

Two weeks ago, I did a pizza demonstration in the  Williams-Sonoma store at the Mall in Short Hills, N.J. The demo was on making and stretching the pizza dough, along with showing how well the pizza stones that are sold in the store worked in turning any home type conventional oven into an oven that could bake delicious, crisp pizzas… quick and easy!

 

Also demonstrated were the grill pans that are also sold in the store. The grill pans were perfect for making personal seize homemade grilled pizza. This can be finished completely in the pan once the topping were added… or the whole pan placed in the extremely hot oven to finish.

 

 

DO NOT place the grill pan being entered into the oven, on top of your pizza stone that you may be using as well. Place the grill pan on a rack either over or under the pizza stone!

 

This was an exciting demo that turned into a huge “PIZZA PARTY”!