Lily: Oh, that’s the pizza. Baby, do you have any cash?
Marshall: Oh, you know I, uh, actually I don’t, uh, think that I should…have to pay. ‘Cause I’m…not a fan of pizza.
Ted: Marshall, we’ve driven halfway across the country for a piece of pizza literally hundreds of times.
Lily: I once caught you eating pizza in the shower!
Arthur The Pizza Guy: Marshall, there’s a cartoon of you on our coupons.
Barney: I’m not saying Marshall’s a guy who likes pizza, but last time he went in for a physical, doctor says ‘Marshall you’ve gotta stop eating pizza.’ Marshall says ‘Why?’ Doc says ‘So I can examine you!’ But seriously, we kid because we love. –How I Met Your Mother
Last Saturday Match and I were craving gourmet pizza. Unfortunately there isn’t a gourmet pizza place near us and since we’re trying to save money we decided to make our own. All I can say is this pizza was incredible. I wished I wasn’t full so I could keep eating it, and the next day Match and I wrestled over the last slices.
I’ll share the recipe with you but I must warn you this pizza took me almost two hours to make. Part of that was because I was learning all of the different recipes, but part of it was because things that had to cook in the oven all took 20 minutes or more and all at different temps. Oh how I wish I had a double oven!
Here are the toppings we used:
roasted garlic cloves
White wine (preferably chardonnay)
I started by roasting the garlic in the oven at 375 degrees for about an hour, wrapping the garlic in tin foil and setting it on the rack. While the garlic was roasting I prepped my mushrooms and put those in when the garlic had about 30 minutes left. I just had regular old white mushrooms, but I think this would have been so much better with better quality mushrooms. I mixed the slices mushrooms with olive oil, garlic, thyme leaves, seat salt and pepper. Stirred it all around in a cookie sheet and baked for 30 minutes. I over cooked them slightly, so keep an eye on them. After they were done I sprinkled some Worcester sauce on top.
Next I rolled out my pizza dough. I cheated and bought one from Trader Joe’s. Match helped with this because I hate rolling dough. I think it would also work with Boboli dough if you don’t feel like rolling out your own. I put some cornmeal and olive oil on my pizza stone which gave the crust a nice flavor.
Then I baked the dough for about 6 minutes at 400 degrees.
Then I threw the turkey bacon in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, at 400 degrees on broil. I love cooking it like that because there’s no mess and it’s a lot less greasy.
While that was cooking I started on my pizza sauce. I used 3 tablespoons of butter, 1 minced garlic clove, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 3 tablespoons of Chardonnay (any white wine would work, but Chardonnay has a nice buttery flavor) and basil. I let the garlic cook in the butter with the olive oil, then added the white wine. This of COURSE splattered everywhere, so I would probably suggest putting the wine in first and then the olive oil. I let that simmer until the bacon was ready.
I failed by not taking any pictures during this whole process, but it was a lot of work! I did snap Match on dish duty. He cleaned up as we went along so cleanup afterward was a snap. Doesn’t he look so happy doing dishes?
And here’s what it looked like all cooked. I baked this in the oven at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes, until the cheese was nice and bubbly. Sure the dough isn’t shaped perfectly but it was delicious. Try it, if you are a garlic lover I promise you will love this pizza.