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Prep Pizza: Learning From Mario Batali

Written By Srimathi Mani on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 | 9:56 PM

If there is one thing that both kids and adults enjoy often its pizza. Buying it from the local neighborhood pizzeria is very comforting. But, prepping the pizza base gives you the flexibility of making a pizza in less than 5 minutes. When I was reading through Mario Batali's book, I found his pizza making tip that he uses at his restaurant very useful. He suggests cooking individual portions of the pizza base (9 inch) on stove top and freezing them. On pizza days, use the base, add the sauce and topping and broil for a few minutes and voila you have your pizza ready. For the last week and a half we have been customizing our own individual pizzas. For those of you who have a busy schedule and enjoy pizza, a few minutes of prep work can make all the difference. Such an awesome lesson learnt from the Iron Chef.


Gadgets:

Rolling Pin
Cutting Board
Griddle
Oven
Wax Paper
Ziploc bag

Ingredients:

Pizza Dough - divided into equal portions (The pizza dough I had made eight 9 inch pizza bases)
Pizza Toppings ( sauce, veggies, fruits, cheese) - as per taste




Preparation:

1. Once the dough is divided into equal portions, cover it with a damp bowl and allow it to rest for 10 minutes.

2. Roll our into 9 inch circle with 1/2 inch thickness and cook it on the heated iron griddle.

3. Remove and cool the base. Place it on a wax paper and cover the base with another wax paper. Place the pizza bases in a ziploc freezer bag and place it in the freezer.

4. When its pizza time, remove a base, add the sauce, cheese and toppings and broil in the oven. Place the tray in the level closest to the broiler. Broil for 2 - 3 minutes. Serve it hot.







17 comments:

  1. Very helpful and time saving info..thanks for sharing..

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  2. very colorful and delicious pizza..

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  3. this is the perfect and easy way to make pizza ,thanks for this share

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  4. Interesting and definitely a fabulous pizza.

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  5. wow... cool. looks like Naan from Indian stores. Colorful pizza.. looks like a painting :)

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  6. Looks so colorful and yummy,yes that saves so much more time.I make them with store bought ones.

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  7. wow...thats a nice n brilliant idea! thanks Srimathi for sharing with us...pizza looks too delicious with wonderful topping...love it!!
    Spicy Treats

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  8. Delicious and yummy pizza variety....

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  9. Absolutely delicious. Love the toppings.

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  10. Nice tip Srimathi, your pizza topping looks delicious.

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  11. Great time saving idea...Pizza looks very yummy..

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  12. Nice idea, pizzas look yumm..

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  13. Such a time saving tip. Thanks for sharing this.

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