Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Fried Sourdough Pizza

I brought some homemade (frozen) pizza with us on our last trip to Idaho. The hotel we stayed in had a stove top but was devoid of having an oven. Determined to eat our pizza, I decided to put to use a nice frying pan, some butter and get to work cooking up our pizza. My husband liked it so much that he now requests that I fry our pizza instead of baking it.

Making this pizza is so super easy and simple - especially if you doubled or tripled the dough when you made it, making it possible to freeze some of the dough and then are able to simply pull the dough out of your freezer one morning, allow it to thaw, roll it out, plop it in the pan, place the toppings on top and fry it up!

Here are three great things about this "dish":

#1: The dough can be frozen so it's super easy to take the dough from the freezer one morning and be able to make some pizza that night.

#2: It cooks up a lot faster (4-5 minutes) than baking it in the oven for 20 minutes. 

#3: It has a lovely little crisp to it that is delicious to bite into.

Here are some step-by-step instructions:

Fried Sourdough Pizza

What you'll need:

Pizza sauce (we simply use organic spaghetti sauce)
Cheese of your choice (we used Costco's provolone cheese - it isn't raw but its aged & lactose free)
Other toppings of your choosing: pepperoni, olives, red onions, peppers, etc.

1. Oil your counter top by drizzling a bit of oil onto the counter and spreading it around with either the dough, your hand or a piece of saran wrap.

2. Roll your dough out to the shape and size you want it, keeping it a fairly thin dough - so that it can cook through during the frying time.
No, I don't always make sure it's perfectly round. 
3. Place a pan on the oven. Turn on the temperature to a medium to medium-low setting. Place a 1/2 T. or so of butter in the middle of the pan and spread around so that the dough will touch only a greased surface.

4. Place the dough onto the greased pan.

5. Spread some sauce onto the dough. 

6. Place all of your other toppings on top.

7. Place a lid on top of the pan and allow to fry for 3-5 minutes or until the dough is thoroughly cooked.

8. Once cooked, take pizza out of pan, slice and indulge your appetite for some delicious pizza!

9. Enjoy that crispy crust!

Note: If you are using raw cheese (and I usually do), to help preserve the cheeses' enzyme this is what I'd do: Make the pizza as mentioned above, only leave out the cheese. Allow the pizza to cool a bit after it's all fried up. Then place the raw cheese on top, allow it to melt some and then eat. 

High heat temperatures kill the enzymes in the raw cheese so all you're doing by cooking it this way is avoiding exposing the raw cheese to high temperatures.

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