New York is the only decent place to get a pizza outside of Italy. Everyone knows it (even Chicago). And while we might not have a red, white and green awning on our apartment building, on movie nights we will occasionally make a pizza (a New York pizza). Pizza makes a good platform for using up your share veggies, and no one worth their salt’s going to argue with pizza for dinner.
There are a few options for crust. Starting with the most difficult and rewarding: make your own, buy pizza dough from your local pizzeria, or buy packed dough from the supermarket. I encourage you to try making your own, because it’s fun and not as hard as you’d think, and it gets excitably poofy. To make your own crust, dissolve a packet (2 1/4 tsp) of yeast in 1 and 1/3 cups of warm water, and let sit for five minutes. Then add one tablespoon of sugar or honey (we like honey), three and a half cups of flour, one tablespoon of salt, and two tablespoons of olive oil. Knead together and add flour as necessary until dough is sticky, but doesn’t stick to your hands. Let rise for at least an hour and a half. Poke appropriately.
Roll out dough, brush with [CSA share] garlic in olive oil, add marinara sauce, sprinkle with [fresh, local] mozzarella. For guilty pleasure, stop there. For a complete meal, add vegetables, preferably ones that were very recently picked. On our most recent pizza, we added onions and broccoli from this week’s share.
Anyone seen the highly irritating Domino’s pizza commercial where kids in a kindergarten get pizza for lunch? They all run screaming with excitement, until they realize that the pizza has [gasp] vegetables on it? And proceed to say, “Yuck, that’s for grown-ups!” I say poo on you, Domino’s. Give a kid a pizza, even with green things on it, and what freakish child wouldn’t enjoy it? (I admit, however, that when the one kid literally runs away from the pizza, I laugh. I hate myself for it, but I laugh.)
Screw Domino’s. Make a New York farm-savvy pizza. Then mangia.