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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

DIY Pizza Party



Avocado & pineapple. Mushroom with pesto. A Meat-za. The best part about a
Do-It-Yourself pizza party is getting to taste everyone's brilliant creations. It was such a
great idea! Our lovely hosts provided avariety of doughs, and we brought the fixins' which
included everything from artichokes and BBQ sauce to jalapenos and bacon.

Our friend Sharkie (who will now be known by his new foodie name-Sharkie Fin Soup!)
got really creative. He took the flavors of a Japadog, a popular Vancouver, BC street food
item and made them sing on a pizza. It was one of the favorites of the night: a layer of
okonomiyaki sauce (which is like a thicker, sweeter Worcestershire sauce) topped with
chicken sausage and grilled onions, with creamy Japanese mayo, nori slivers and more
sauce drizzled on top. It was savory, spiced (from the sausage) and a tiny bit sweet all
at the same time.

I took inspiration from a delicious and ingenious dessert pizza that I had once
(and keep
thinking about) at Gialina. And while it wasn't an exact replica, it came pretty darn close!
The warm, straight out of the oven crust was slathered with gooey Nutella and sweetened
marscapone, and sprinkled with crunchy, almond-y amaretti bits. It was a great
combo - the rich chocolateyness of the Nutella, creamy butteryness of the marscapone
and yummy nuttiness of the amaretti all atop soft, chewy dough.

So here's how we did it:

SHARKIE FIN SOUP'S
JAPADOG-INSPIRED PIZZA
Trader Joe's pizza dough
Chicken garlic apple sausage
Grilled onions
Nori (seaweed)

Kewpie mayonnaise
Okonomiyaki sauce

INSTRUCTIONS
Roll out pizza dough per package instructions.
Cook pizza on pizza stone according to package.
Spread a layer of okonomiyaki sauce over bottom.
Top with sausage and onions and cook in the oven per package instructions.
Remove from oven and top with nori and, mayo and more okonomiyaki sauce.

SAMIWICH'S GIALINA-INSPIRED DESSERT PIZZA
Trader Joe's pizza dough
6 1/2 oz. of
Nutella, approximately half a jar
1 tbs honey

8-10 amaretti cookies, crumbled
8 oz. marscapone cheese, approximately half a tub

INSTRUCTIONS
Roll out pizza dough per package instructions.

Cook pizza on pizza stone according to package.
Meanwhile, sweeten marscapone with honey.
Remove pizza from oven and spread Nutella over it.
Dollop with marscapone.
Sprinkle amaretti bits over top.

SAMIWICH'S TASTE RATING

3 comments:

Alexandria Rocha said...

This is bringing it back for me girls! My mom used to have my friends and I make our own "French bread pizzas" whenever I would have a slumber party. We'd put them together ourselves and watch them bubble up in the oven. As an adult, it's such an economical dinner party idea!! Love it!

Galen said...

That IS a great party idea. I'm going to have to steal it!

Guinea Pig-Norm said...

we saw the japadogs when we were in vancouver for the olympics, but didn't get a chance to try them. That pizza adapation looks terrific!

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