Thursday, July 19, 2012

Apple, Blue Cheese, and Mozzarella Pizza

For my first recipe I made my favorite pizza. You’d think it would be a challenge to pick my favorite because I love pizza (I mean who doesn’t??), but surprisingly this one beats all other pizzas by a long shot! The apples and the blue cheese create this blissfully complementary flavor that is both sweet and savory. It’s a really easy recipe to make—especially if you buy the dough—and it goes well with a nice red house wine.

Apple, Blue Cheese, and Mozzarella Pizza

Recipe adapted from: Fifth Floor’s Kitchen
Serving Size: 1 pizza, about 1 foot in diameter

16oz      pizza dough
4.5oz     shredded mozzarella cheese
1.5oz     crumbled blue cheese
1            granny smith apple
1            clove garlic
½ tbs     olive oil
4oz     mild sausage

  1. First take your dough out of the refrigerator. Usually most instructions for pizza dough will tell you to let the dough sit at room temperature for about 30 to 45 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  3. During the time you wait for the dough to sit you can prep your ingredients. First cook your sausage. The sausage needs to be very mild or else it will take away too much from the other flavors. Drain away any excess fat. Set the meat aside or refrigerate until you’re ready to put it on your pizza.
  4. The only thing left to prep is the apple slices. The recipe I used says to slice them as thin as possible, but I like to have a few that are a little thicker.
  5. Once you’ve prepped your ingredients and the dough has sat at room temperature for about 30-45 minutes (depending on your instructions), go ahead and start rolling the dough out. I am a fan of thick crust, so I usually don’t roll it too thin, but make sure that you’ve rolled it out larger than you want the circumference of your pizza to be. This is because you’ll need to roll the outer edges of your dough in for your crust and when doing this it will make the pizza smaller. When done, carefully transfer your dough to a lightly greased baking sheet.
  6. Once you’ve transferred your pizza to the baking sheet start pressing the garlic. This pizza does not have a sauce, but to add flavor I put a little bit of olive oil and pressed garlic on before I layer on the ingredients. Be careful not to use too much olive oil. You only need to lightly brush your pizza--- excluding the crusts. Otherwise, when your pizza is done baking you’ll have excess oil spewing out everywhere.
  7. Now take your mozzarella and sprinkle it over your pizza. The mozzarella is the main cheese for this pizza, so make sure to cover it well with the mozzarella. Then take your blue cheese and lightly crumble it over your pizza. The blue cheese does not need to cover your pizza. It’s very flavorful, and too much could make your pizza too rich. After the cheese, if you’re using meat, go ahead and put it on.
  8. Now for the apples! Layer them and don’t hesitate to use many slices because they will shrink in the oven.
  9. Now bake for about 15 to 20 minutes. Afterwards, using a utensil carefully check the bottom of your pizza to see if it is a nice golden brown. If it is not, then check again after another 5 minutes, or until it is golden.
  10. After the bottom of the pizza is a nice golden brown take it out of the oven and let it sit for 5 minutes and then serve!    

Monday, July 16, 2012

New Blog!

I'm joining the blogging world! It's something that I've wanted to do for quite some time now, but usually found excuses to put it off. No more I say! I have enough time now and why not spend time blogging about one of my favorite things... cooking!

Hopefully I'll be able to post a recipe each week, usually from ones that I have come across and tampered with. But hopefully down the road I can come up with some recipes all on my own... we'll see!

Comments and suggestions are lovely, so please tell me what you think!