Friday, June 1, 2012

Mmmm....Pizza.... just may be the most delicious and versatile food out there.  You really can't go wrong with pizza: bread, sauce, cheese and pepperoni.  Mmmm...I think I just drooled a little.

Sometimes, though, I like to try different kinds of outside the traditional box.

I've had really awesome pizza at two different restaurants in the past few months.  The two pizzas had similar characteristics.  I thought I'd try to recreate them at home.  I know, I'm pretty new to cooking, but I think it's about time for me to break away from allrecipes and see what I'm made of.

I started off with a ready made pizza crust.  Really, why make my job harder?  We've made Boboli pizzas before, I know it tastes pretty good, that's one less thing for me to screw up, right?

Next I chopped up some sweet onion, lots of garlic and some baby bella mushrooms.

I sauteed them in butter (yes I'm a health nut) until they looked like this:

I brushed the entire pizza crust with olive oil and sprinkled some granulated garlic on it.  I put on a light layer on mozzarella cheese, sprinkled the mushroom mixture, more mozzarella, chunks of goat cheese and a chopped tomato.

Boboli's directions so bake at 450 degrees for 8-9 minutes, but the goat cheese needed a few more minutes to melt.  For the last 3 or 4 minutes in the oven, I drizzled balsamic vinegar on top.  It came out smelling amazing and looking like this:

Did you just drool?

It tasted pretty darn good for a first attempt, if I do say so myself.
When (not if) I make this again, I'll play around with some herbs.  Maybe throw on some basil, oregano and thyme from the garden.

What have you cooked up lately?
Ever try to copy a restaurant meal?  Were you successful?  This didn't taste exactly like the restaurant, but delicious, nonetheless.

Don't forget!  The AMR June Challenge starts today!  I got wild and started the challenge with a rest day.  HA!