Nerds Gotta Eat: Homemade Pizzas

I have really gotten into making my own pizzas. I still enjoy ordering pizzas, believe me. But there’s something satisfying about making your own pizza and enjoying it. A while back I bought a cookbook called Revolutionary Pizza by Dimitri Syrkin-Nikolau. He founded a pizza place in Chicago, and he makes unconventional pizzas. And so far, they’re pretty darn good.

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The book does include a pizza dough recipe that makes two good sized doughs. But of course you can use any pizza dough you want to. I’ve made four so far, and adjusted some of them to make them somewhat healthier. I’ll go from my least favorite to my favorite.

Steak N’ Eggs

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This one to me was just ok to me. I like all of the items separate but piled onto a pizza I just thought it was alright. It includes grilled steak seasoned how you like, home fries, and fried or scrambled eggs. It’s definitely a breakfast pizza, and I enjoyed all the flavors together. I did change how the potatoes were cooked – instead of boiling and deep frying them I microwaved the cut up chunks and stove top roasted them. Obviously there’s cheese involved, mozzerella and cheddar. Put all ingredients on the dough starting with the mozzerella, then the breakfast foods, then bake at 500 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. Add the cheddar cheese and let it melt.

The Governator Burger Pizza

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This pizza was the first one I tried, and it was pretty delicious. Again, make a pizza dough, but you’ll also need a Simple Cream sauce (provided in the book), ground beef, cheese, and anything you like to put on a burger. The recipe lists a bunch of things but really it’s all up to you and how you like your burgers. And if you don’t like ground beef, you can use whatever it is you like to make burgers out of. Just cook the beef flavored how you like , put on the cheese and sauce, and put on the beef. Bake at 500 degrees F for about 10-12 minutes and then top with whatever you put on your burgers.

Biscuits and Groovy

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This one and the next one are tied for favorites. I’m saving the next one for last because I altered it the most. But this one….this one I drooled over. It’s a sausage gravy and biscuit pizza. Make the dough, make a sausage gravy (if you don’t know how it’s in the book or you can find a recipe online), and make a biscuit dough. Don’t cook the biscuits, they’ll cook on the pizza. Put mozzeralla cheese on the dough and bake for about 5 minutes at 500 degrees F. Take the pizza out but keep the oven on. Spread the gravy over the pizza, add more mozzerella, then distribute the biscuit dough in pieces around the pizza. Cook for another 5-7 minutes and happily enjoy.

Chicken and Waffles

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I made this one most recently. And I love it. The waffles are easy – make them, let them cool, then cut them up into little pieces. The chicken is what I altered. The recipe wants you to deep fry them, and if you want that’s fine. But I have found a healthier way to fry chicken, and it’s called an Air Fryer. It fries foods just like an oil fryer but without the oil and therefore without any of the grease. If you don’t have one and you love fried foods, I highly recommend getting one. They’re available at online retailers and at stores such as Macy’s. So you season the chicken, cook it in the air fryer using the temperature and directions from the book, let them cool, and then shread/cut into tiny pieces. Have the dough ready, and in this order add the cheese then waffle bits then chicken bits. Cook at 500 degrees F for 10-12 minutes and once it’s done feel free to add melted butter and/or maple syrup over the top. Definitely enjoy.

If you want this cookbook, it’s available on Amazon for about $15. If you like pizza, I highly recommend this cookbook. As I make more, I’ll keep you all updated. But so far, so sooo good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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