I'm back! We moved into our new condo on Friday, and I'm loving it! The kitchen is a little bigger than our old one in Florida (I'm not even going to compare it to the one in our temporary apartment) with a lot more counter space. I'll have to post some pictures of it soon.
Although summer in Chicago makes you want to do nothing but get outside and go to restaurants with patios, we were so happy to do some cooking this weekend! This is the first meal we made in our new place. We were both drooling over pictures in New York magazine of thin crust pizzas from some of New York's top pizza places, and not surprisingly, Mike suggested we make our own pie.
There wasn't much time (or inclination) to make the dough like I usually do, so we went to our favorite store and bought it fresh from them. Since they didn't have the whole wheat version we'd normally get (although the pizza guy said they'd start stocking it soon), we ended up with the classic white flour dough.
I don't know if this stuff is the standard Whole Foods dough or something unique to the Chicago location, but it was ridiculously good! We went with one of our favorite toppings--arugula and some tasty chicken sausage. Sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and ground pepper finished it off.
I sprinkled the dough with sea salt and cornmeal, but I don't think the deliciousness was due to anything we did. It was so perfectly chewy with crunchy blistered spots and lots of air bubbles. I want to eat it again right now. A tip if you're using arugula or other leafy topping on pizza: wait till the pie is 30 seconds to a minute from being done (so basically, the pizza's done) to pile on the greens. Close the oven for that remaining time, then pull it out. The arugula may not look quite cooked enough, but the leaves will continue to wilt slightly as it cools, and you won't have any charred or frizzled bits, which just taste burnt.
Our next task might have to be cooking pizza on the grill. You may remember that I have been sans grill for a few years now, and I can't wait to get one set up in our new place!
Do you cook pizza on the grill? If so, do you have any tips for a newbie? And has anyone else had as incredible an experience with purchased pizza dough (from Whole Foods or elsewhere) as we had? Share!