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Old 10-12-2011, 12:52 PM   #1
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Smile Pizza Margherita Fresh From the Pizza Kettle

Last night The Missus and I decided to make some pizza on my FrankenWeber Pizza Kettle. I wanted a change of pace, so I suggested a Pizza Margherita, as we've been doing quite a few meat pizzas of late.

Pizza Margherita is a simple tomato and basil pizza, with or without fresh garlic depending on where you get it. I opted for the fresh garlic.

I also didn't have time to make dough, so just pulled out a bag of Trader Joe's pizza dough from the freezer, which works more than adequately in a pinch. Actually, this stuff is really quite good if you let it sit at room temp for 20 mins in the bag, then pull it out of the bag, lightly flour it, and form it into a ten inch round and let it rest covered another 20 mins before you make your pie. This helps "relax" the dough and makes it very easy to hand stretch.

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Dough now fully relaxed, and ready to hand stretch:





Now time to sauce the pizza:



Fully loaded with mozzarella, a sprinkle of parmesan, fresh garlic, oregano, and sliced roma tomatoes - I don't add the basil until after it cooks as I prefer the sweeter flavor profile of non cooked basil:



Our puppy, Daisy, hoping for a handout:



About 2 minutes into the cook:



6 minutes later, the pie was perfect. We then topped with fresh basil, and sliced:





One of best pizzas yet! I was a little concerned about the garlic not cooking enough, but it was just fine. If someone had told me a few years ago I would be cranking out pizzas like this, I'd have a hard time believing them. I'm really glad I hung in there and persevered - it's been so worth it.
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Old 10-12-2011, 12:54 PM   #2
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Abso FREAKING lutely great pie!
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Also, thanks for being Redhot's and my inspiration for kettle pizzas.
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Old 10-12-2011, 12:58 PM   #5
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Very nice pizza Margherita!

Have you tried making it with fresh mozzarella? If not, try it. It is more authentic, and I think it tastes better.

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Old 10-12-2011, 12:58 PM   #6
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Lookin' good Moose. Now you have me wanting to fire up my cooker.
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Old 10-12-2011, 01:05 PM   #7
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Very nice pizza Margherita!

Have you tried making it with fresh mozzarella? If not, try it. It is more authentic, and I think it tastes better.

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Funny you mention that - I was going to say something about that in my post, as I have yet to find GOOD fresh mozzarella. I haven't given up, as I'm sure I'll find a source for it, but so far, I've been quite disappointed, at least in comparison with what I've tasted at authentic Naples style pizzerias.
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Simple yet killer looking pizza Moose!!!
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Two thumbs up Moose!! Good lookin' pie!
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Funny you mention that - I was going to say something about that in my post, as I have yet to find GOOD fresh mozzarella. I haven't given up, as I'm sure I'll find a source for it, but so far, I've been quite disappointed, at least in comparison with what I've tasted at authentic Naples style pizzerias.
Wow, in California?

I get pretty decent stuff at Central Market here, but if I want the really good stuff, I can go to The Mozzarella Company downtown.

http://www.mozzco.com/

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Simple yet killer looking pizza Moose!!!
And, notice the color of the sauce.

You had to know this was coming.

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And, notice the color of the sauce.

You had to know this was coming.

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And the Basil.

You had to know that was coming.

Actually, that was the perfect application of basil. I can tolerate and even enjoy it in small amounts like this.
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Wow, outstanding...did Daisy get a bite?
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How the heck do you guys get the pizza dough so round? Mine alway look like some sort of creature, and not even close to round. But they still taste good!
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