Tag Archives: pizza
6/5/13

Deep Dish Cornmeal Pizza topped with Smoked Mozzarella, Chicken Sausage, Corn and Balsamic Caramelized Onions

Deep Dish Cornmeal Pizza topped with Smoked Mozzarella, Chicken Sausage, Corn and Balsamic Caramelized Onions

This weekend I set out to recreate our all time favorite pizza – the Corn Pizza from Dove Vivi in Portland. It might not sound special, but this is no ordinary pizza. It’s a deep dish cornmeal pizza piled high with an unusual variety of homemade toppings: smoked mozzarella, sausage, corn, and balsamic caramelized onions. There’s no tomato sauce on this pizza, but there’s so much going on in every bite that you honestly don’t miss it.

Deep Dish Cornmeal Pizza topped with Smoked Mozzarella, Chicken Sausage, Corn and Balsamic Caramelized Onions

So anyway, I was attempting to recreate the goodness that is this pizza. I prepped the dough and set it aside to rise. And because I had a few minutes to spare, I flipped on the TV. I was excited to stumble upon The Cooking Channel; we normally don’t have access to it. Can you guess what was on? A special about pizza. And the show hosts were in Portland. And what restaurant did they highlight? Dove Vivi!
 
But wait! It gets even stranger. Guess what pizza they showcased? THE CORN PIZZA! Oh man, sometimes life is funny like that. 
 
9/25/12

Chorizo Whole Wheat Pizza

Chorizo Navarre Whole Wheat Pizza

I don’t know about you, but in my household, there are his and hers appliances.

I “own” the rice cooker and the fancy wine-bottle opener we received as a wedding gift.

Sam is master of the waffle maker and bread machine. I’ve seriously never touched either one, except for cleaning purposes. Thankfully, he puts both appliances to work. The bread machine has been used for everything from sandwich bread to cinnamon rolls. But it’s most commonly to make dough for our weekly pizza nights.

Chorizo Navarre Whole Wheat Pizza

Like many staples, we have the ingredients for both whole wheat pizza dough and the toppings at all times. The beauty of having go-to dishes is the comfort of knowing how to make something well, and not having to pull out a recipe or hunt down ingredients.

But, it’s fun to mix things up, too.

We had purchased a roll of Chorizo Navarre from Olympic Provisions a few weeks back, and we were looking for a creative way to put it to good use.

Chorizo Navarre Whole Wheat Pizza

I had never had Chorizo before I met Sam. He grew up eating Mexican-style Chorizo, which is basically a heavily-spiced ground pork. We use it in egg scrambles and tacos occasionally.

The Chorizo Navarre we bought was actually a Spanish-style Chorizo, meaning that the meat was dried and cured, charcuterie-style. It’s commonly sliced and eaten on its own or with other tapas. But we decided to do something wild.

After topping our pizza with real mozzarella and fresh basil, we swapped the chorizo for our normal turkey pepperoni.

And hoooooley cow. Let me tell you. The hot melty cheese, mixed with the rich, semi-spicy chorizo was pure genius. If I do say so myself. The chorizo changed the flavor of the whole pizza. In such a good way.

Chorizo Navarre Whole Wheat Pizza

What are your favorite creative pizza toppings?