Monday, September 13, 2010

Meatless Monday ~ Pizza

In the kitchen with the Conscious Shopper.

A few weeks ago, EnviRambo wrote that cooking from scratch is making her fat. I'm having a little bit of that problem myself, but I'm also having another problem: cooking from scratch is making me not like eating out. Let me clarify - cooking from scratch is making me only like eating out if we get to go to an expensive restaurant with a really good chef. After several years of cooking from scratch, I've gotten good enough at cooking that every time we go to a restaurant lately, I turn up my nose and declare, "I could have made this better at home."

Some foods, though, I'm still working on mastering. I still can't make french fries as good as those from a restaurant (probably because I'm working with real potatoes instead of whatever starchy potato-like substance they use at McDonalds). And until recently, I made pizza that was good enough, but not great.

I decided it was time to master pizza, so I turned to the woman who also showed me that I was making scrambled eggs completely wrong: Deb from the Smitten Kitchen. Here are her tips for pizza-making:
The key is really to get your oven as hot as you can make it, and cook the pizza on the bottom rack of the oven, on a pizza stone if you've got one. Deb's recipe makes a really lovely, thin crust pizza. If you prefer a different crust, here are some recipes from The Frugal Girl:

Pizza is perfect for Meatless Mondays because it allows for such diversity. You can use tomato sauce, cream sauce, herbal butter, or pesto. Any kind of cheese you've got hiding in your fridge - from the cheapest cheddar to the most gourmet gouda. Top it with some seasonal veggies, and you've got a perfect meatless dinner that even the kiddos will gobble down.

What do you like on your pizza?

Don't forget to share your Meatless Monday recipes with us using Mr. Linky below!


Ivy said...

Oh, that is SUCH a danger of home cooking!

I grew up with a mom that cooked from scratch, and I've never been that wild about eating out. She taught me to cook and I can make most things better myself, I think.

The exceptions are things that would take me forever to eat (roasts, lasagna) that I could make, but don't want to toss when they go back, ethnic foods that aren't Italian, and really fantasic chefs.

At least I eat out less, though, even if people sometimes think I'm crazy.

Kelly said...

wow- thats ALOT of cheese on that pizza- we love roat pumpkin and feta cheese ith no grated cheddar at all, kale is grat too. but olive, pu,pkin feat and pine nuts is our fave

Wendy (The Local Cook) said...

Today I'm linking up a post from last year that I hope to make again when I get eggplant from my CSA. For some reason it's later this year.

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

Kelly - Lol, in my house, pizza is just a vehicle for the cheese. But it's not really as much cheese as it looks - just 8 oz. of mozzarella - certainly not as much as you'd find on pizza from a restaurant. But it's definitely not a vegan pizza.

Jenn the Greenmom said...

Ohhh, pizza so rocks.

I'm just getting tired of my cellulite and flabbiness, so I'm going to have to back off on the cheese...


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