On the way home from work yesterday, I called Mrs. G and asked her what she wanted for dinner. She replied pizza. How can you argue with that? I figured I had enough time to get home, let the dogs out, start the pizza dough and then run to the store for a few ingredients. Turns out we didn’t have enough flour. Where did all our flour go? It’s not like we bake or anything. Now, I wasn’t going to have time to make our pizza dough from scratch. Dag nabbit!
Since I had to run to the store anyway, I picked up some of their pizza dough. This is Safeway’s brand and I think you can find it at most Tom Thumbs, Safeways and Randalls. Maybe some other places. We’ve had decent results with it in the past. I like to sit it in the oven with the light on for an hour or so to give it time to rise once I get home from the store. (I’ve also heard that people have gotten good results with Sam’s, Costco and Trader Joe’s dough if you have one of those close to you.)
Mrs. G and I go totally different ways when it comes to pizza. She generally likes to use and Alfredo for her sauce. Tonight, she topped hers with some leftover grilled chicken, mushrooms, spinach and some sun-dried tomatoes.
Then topped with some shredded mozzarella cheese. Ready to go on the Egg.
Me….I’m more of a classic pizza guy. Every pizza should have pepperoni. Any other meat you want to throw on there is just an added bonus, but please keep your veggies off. Veggies belong in a salad, not on my pizza. Tonight, I went with some pepperoni (duh), some Spanish chorizo, garlic and herb goat cheese and mozzarella…all stuff I found in the fridge!!
Before we prepped our pizzas, I had lit the Egg and got it stabilized at 600F so it would be ready to go when we were. Guess it wasn’t quite stabilized as it rose just a hair…but close enough for me.
Mrs. G’s pizza went on first. We like to use the parchment paper trick. This allows you to slide the pizza from a cookie sheet or a cutting board onto your pizza stone that has already pre-warmed in the Egg, without the pizza deforming or becoming stuck.
After a few minutes, open the dome and with a pair of tongs, grab an edge of the parchment paper and slide it out from underneath the pizza. If it doesn’t come out easily, give it a few more minutes.
Pizza on the Egg at this temp goes pretty fast, so keep an eye on it. A good way to do that is to peak down the hole on the top of the Egg. I’d like to say Mrs. G’s pizza took about 7-9 minutes, but I wasn’t really watching the time.
After Mrs. G’s, it was time to throw mine on.
Look at the rise on that crust!! This isn’t gonna be no thin crust pizza.
Mine took a lil less time than Mrs. G’s. It seems like the secon pizza always cooks a bit faster, so keep an eye on them.
I think we let Mrs. G’s go just a tad too long. Not burned or anything, but I think we should have pulled it about 30 seconds to a minute sooner.
So which one would you rather have ordered? Good thing is…it didn’t matter. We shared our pizzas because obviously it was more than either of us could finish. I really liked the spanish chorizo and how it worked with the pepperoni, although later my stomach disagreed. Can you say heartburn? Yes, I’ll have a few Tums for dessert please. And Mrs. G’s came out wonderful, as always. The spinach and chicken really worked well together. Crust came our really good, more like a regular style crust than a thin crust. If you are more into thin crust pizza, my advice would be to just buy one of the pizza balls and cut it in half and roll it out thinner. As you can see from my pictures, I couldn’t roll mine out any thinner and still have it fit on the pizza stone. All in all, two really good pizzas and a whole lot less than delivery would have cost us, and better, too.