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Chorizo, Kale & Garlic Pizza (and the Perfect Pizza Crust)

Chorizo Kale Garlic Pizza & Homemade Pizza Dough

With two kids, pizza is a staple meal around these parts. In fact, if they could eat it for every meal, they probably would! Take-out and delivery always manages to fall short of my expectations, so we do the homemade thing a lot. For a while it was part of our regular meal rotation – Friday night pizza! It has fallen out of favour lately, but I think it’s about time to bring that tradition back. Pizza, board games, and hanging with the family – that’s a good Friday night.

Chorizo Kale Garlic Pizza & Homemade Pizza Dough

Chorizo Kale Garlic Pizza & Homemade Pizza Dough

This recipe was one of those fridge-dump ideas, partly inspired by my friend Julie’s Crispy Lamb, Kale & Garlic Pizza, in which Boursin cheese takes the place of a traditional tomato sauce. I keep roasted garlic in my freezer, so one thawed head of that spread over the crust along with a generous sprinkle of chevre made up the base ‘sauce’ layer. Next I piled on some lovely fresh kale, caramelized onions, and thinly sliced spicy chorizo. It was topped off with a generous sprinkling of mozzarella, and voila – a perfect pizza. You can make this pizza with any of your favourite toppings, and I’ve shared my perfect pizza crust recipe below. This dough is even better if you make it the day before, and you can even make it up to four days in advance and keep it in the fridge.

Chorizo Kale Garlic Pizza & Homemade Pizza Dough

Perfect Pizza Crust

1 1/2 cups hot water
1 Tbsp honey
2 heaping teaspoons traditional yeast
8 ounces white bread flour
8 ounces whole wheat bread flour
3.5 ounces semolina flour
1 tsp sea salt

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attached, mix together warm water and honey. Most recipes will suggest lukewarm water for working with yeast, but I find that if I use the hottest tap water I can get, by the time I have measured, poured, and mixed with the honey, it has cooled sufficiently. Sprinkle with yeast and let sit for a few minutes until it begins to bubble.

Once the yeast has begun to bubble, dump in the remaining dry ingredients and mix with the dough hook until it forms a smooth ball. If the dough is too dry, add a sprinkle of water to help it come together. Conversely, if the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour. Allow the mixer to knead the dough for a few minutes, or if you like to do it the old-fashioned way, dump it out on the counter and knead it by hand.

In a large bowl, add a dash of olive oil, and tilt to grease the sides. Place the ball of dough in the bowl and roll to coat. Cover with a tea towel and place in an oven {off!} with the light on to rise for 1.5 hours, or until doubled in size. Shape by hand or roll out, top with your favourite ingredients, and bake as desired. For the perfect crispy crust, I shape by hand on a cornmeal-dusted pizza peel {you can use a cutting board or rimless cookie sheet}, slide onto a pizza stone and bake in a hot oven {475-500F} until golden and crispy {~17 minutes}.

For other ideas on how to make your life more delicious, visit the Life Made Delicious page for inspiration!

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In Pictures: Out for Pizza

Thursday night, we took the family out for pizza. And I was totally one of those annoying social media peeps, snapping away with my trusty iDevice. We took the kids down to Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria, one of my fave pizza joints in Calgary. I’ve been a loyal customer since they first opened in Mission, as I used to work just down the street!

Crazy girl, waiting for a table.

Crazy girl, waiting for a table.

The menu, as shot by a 5 year old.

The menu, as shot by a 5 year old.

Waiting for the pizza to arrive, with Rainbow Dash!

Waiting for the pizza to arrive, with Rainbow Dash!

My pizza, the Cavoletti. Yes, those are brussels sprouts on it!

My pizza, the Cavoletti. Yes, those are brussels sprouts on it!

My husband's pizza choice, the Siciliana.

My husband’s pizza choice, the Siciliana.

Quattro Formaggi for The Boy. The server was surprised that we didn't pass on the gorgonzola, but our little dude loves the blue.

Quattro Formaggi for The Boy. The server was surprised that we didn’t pass on the gorgonzola, but our little dude loves the blue.

Chowing down on a Ham & Pineapple pizza.

Chowing down on a Ham & Pineapple pizza.

A boy and his gelato. Chocolate, of course!

A boy and his gelato. Chocolate, of course!

All that remains.

All that remains.

Can I just say how much I love this place? We had a wonderful meal {my pizza even had brussels sprouts on it!}, and the service was fantastic. You really cannot beat a pizza with an authentic Napoli crust, hand-stretched and baked to perfection in a real pizza oven. And finishing the meal with a scoop of creamy gelato? Perfect. My husband and I ordered a regular pizza each {we probably could have shared, but we are gluttons}, and the kids each had a half-sized pizzetta of their own. Bonus: order a pizzetta for your kids, and they get free gelato afterwards! If you’re in Calgary {or anywhere else they have a location – there are others in Alberta, and some in BC and Ontario!}, try it. It’s damn good pizza.

A note: I was not asked to write this post by Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria, nor have I been compensated for it in any way. I just wanted to share our wonderful experience!

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