Saturday, January 22, 2011

Smoke-Grilled Pizza

Tonight I tried a first. Making a pizza on my cooker. I have heard about it but never tired it. All I can say is WOW! It was great. It had all the yumminess of a pizza with the extra flavor that smoke adds to food.

I made two types. One of them I made the dough from scratch and cooked it directly on the grate. For the second one we used crescent roll dough and cooked it on a stone. I liked the way the homemade crust came out but it got a little charred. The one on the stone didn't cook all the way through which was disappointing.

Next time I make pizza on the cooker I think I will make the dough and cook it for a but on the stone, add the toppings and let it finish cooking.

Here is the recipe I used for the dough:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon onion salt
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup white wine
2 tablespoons olive oil

Place 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Make a well in the center and add 1/2 cup water and 2 tablespoons olive oil.

Combine by gradually incorporating the flour into the olive oil and water, adding a little extra water if necessary. (Alternatively, combine the mixture in a food processor.)

Transfer the dough to a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, 5-7 minutes.

Our toppings.

The dough spread out waiting to cook. I cooked it directly on the grill for a bit and then added the toppings.

The pizzas on the cooker.

The final product.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snow Day Nuggets

The last two days we have been home bound due to snow and ice. They shut down everything in SC. Today I was craving chicken nuggets so I decided to make some.

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 cup milk
1 egg

1/2 cup white flour
1/2 cup wheat flour
1 tbls rub
1/2 tbls cayenne pepper

I took the chicken breasts and cut them into cubes then set them aside.

I mixed the milk and eggs together in a bowl and set that aside also. Then I mixed the dry ingredients together. I dredged the chicken in the milk and egg mixture and then the dry mixture. After they were coated I dropped them into hot oil and cooked them until they were golden brown.

The family loved them so much I have none left for photos.