Backing up a tic, we are still eating Paleo about 95% of the time. The only exceptions are pizza night, the occasional dark chocolate indulgence, and certain Apéritifs. Like the one I promptly poured for myself after seeing Mr. Musky's attempt at the twerk.this cocktail recipe, but lamented that I didn't have all of the necessary ingredients on hand. So instead I substituted a bunch of items and came up with a tasty winter treat. I'm calling it the Polar Vortex Manhattan.
So the Deep Dish. If you're not from Chicago and you've never had this, it really is not like real pizza, in my opinion. It's totally different. For starters, one piece and I'm done. Two and I'm regretful. Usually one piece and another bite is perfect. What I'm trying to say is that it's really filling.
And devilishly delicious.
My favorite thing about pizza night is that I get to be a full on spectator. Since I was running kids around town, Mr. Musky cranked the tunes and got to work earlier in the evening. Here's what he used to make the dough:
2 cups flour
3 Tbsp corn oil
1 Tbsp olive oil (not EVOO)
1 tsp yeast
1.5 cups water at 100 degrees
Mix 1/2 cup water and yeast, add oil and salt. Add a little flour to make a slurry. Then add the rest of the flour and water. Mix with your hands, and add more water or flour to get the right consistency - slightly sticky, yet all incorporated. Place in a bowl with plastic wrap in a warm spot (he put it on our cooktop) to rest and rise for an hour.
And here's his sauce, which is a bit chunkier than normal pizza sauce:
28 oz crushed tomatoes
14 oz can diced tomatoes
4 oz can tomato paste
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
3 Cloves Garlic, microplaned
1/2 Tbsp Oregano
5 Leaves of Fresh Basil, chopped
1 Shallot, microplaned
1 Tbsp Honey
2 Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Salt and Pepper
Mix crushed and diced tomatoes together. Add remaining ingredients and taste. Add more salt, pepper, honey or pepper flakes to taste.
Once I settled in with my Apéritif, he got down to business, starting with the crust.
Mr. Moby that involves Kryptonite and stage diving in the delightful town of Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Happy Friday, and thanks for reading!