Saturday, July 17, 2010
Did you know that, at Tulsa's Pie Hole Pizzeria on Cherry Street, any pizza lover can purchase dough enough for a large pizza for just $3?
And that just up the street at 6th Street and Peoria Avenue at Centennial Park on Thursday afternoons there's a wealth of pizza toppings available at The Pearl Farmers' Market?
What I like to do: Have people over, crank up my oven to 525 degrees and pop in a pizza made with Pie Hole Pizzeria crust. When people ask me how I can produce something so delicious, I put on my Sarah Palin accent and say, "That's my little secret, you silly man, you."
And I smile inside. And then I make a note to e-mail my dinner guests after they've all returned home to let them know they can get the same delicious pizza crust at Pie Hole. For three freaking bones.
And that I'm sorry I'm a liar.
While it's hard to fail with one of these pizza crusts and a reusable sack full of goodies from the Pearl Farmers' Market on a Thursday night, I hope you won't mind my offering my own recipe for success. And I won't even leave out steps or important ingredients in an effort to thwart your success and prove my supreme pizza prowess.
Because that would be wrong. And naughty. And I am never, ever either of those things.
First, ask a baby to toss your pizza dough.
It adds flavor. Or something.
Here's an instructional video on pizza tossing technique to help you:
Slap that tossed pizza dough on a baking stone.
Lord knows it doesn't have to be pretty. It just has to be delicious.
Next, grab your favorite tomatoes.
These are fun. Their flavor is strong and plus, they're freaking gorgeous. Slice 'em up and sneak one for yourself.
Playfully slap your husband's hand when he tries to do the same. Then wink at him so he won't complain as much about having to take out the trash later.
Roll up some basil leaves and slice them into ribbons. Look at you! You just pulled out a mean chiffonade. Fancy.
Brush the crust with a good-quality olive oil. Add mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and basil, and top it all with, surprise, a little more mozzarella cheese.
Then, pop it all into a 525-degree oven. Wait for 8 minutes or so.
Then, slice and enjoy.
And be thankful for a fresh, easy supper that couldn't get more local, more Tulsa, if it tried.