Monday, August 16, 2010
August Foodmakers Potluck: Brick Oven Pizza
As some of you may already know, each monthly Foodmaker potluck has a theme.
Often they are seasonal, such as cider making in November. This August the idea was that it's way too hot to cook inside...
So why not have an outdoor brick oven at our potluck?
It helps to have a creative engineer on the Foodmakers squad. Brian (the pizza master in the photo) got a bunch of bricks for free on Craigslist and built the oven. He also happened to design and build the cider press, and is the cover-boy for the recent Urbanite Foodmakers article.
Thanks to Nik for being pizza master #2!
Johanna, Laura, and Michelle whipped up huge batches of pizza dough (sourdough, I believe) so that we could all make brick oven pizzas.
Everyone brought toppings to share.
The table spread was much larger than my camera lens could fit.
It was so fun seeing everyone's creations! Michelle made a dessert pizza with that blue cheese plus peaches, brown sugar, cinnamon, and mint. Oh my god. Too bad I was full from my dinner pizza to make one.
Also, what goes better with pizza than beer?
Ian of Baltimore ChiliBrew brought some tastes of his delicious homebrewed lambic and IPA.
If you missed the May ChiliBrew that Ian organized, stay tuned because there's going to be another one in October! (For a photo or two scroll down this page.) Seriously nothing better than 2640, a homebrew and chili competition, and charity.
The before shot of my pizza:
For my topping I sauteed slices of thin Japanese eggplant, onion, garlic, and chunks of tomatoes in olive oil. I cooked it on medium-high at first, then turned down the heat and let the whole thing simmer for a while so it cooked together into kind of a chunky sauce. Make sure you shake the pan every so often so nothing sticks.
Decided to go half and half on the cheese: half Havarti and half fresh mozzarella. There is some pesto and other stuff on there too.
The after shot:
Each pizza took about two minutes! That oven got HOT. Definitely putting a brick oven pizza on the list of things in my dream homestead.
So great to see new faces (some folks came because of the Urbanite article!) and it was great to see familiar faces as well since it had been a while since I've gotten to attend a potluck.
I've been feeling a little burned out lately, but this pizza party was a nice time to relax and remember that cooking food is fun!
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