I am watching Friends as I write this and was inspired by the names of their episodes.
This weekend I made a brick oven pizza.
I was with some friends at a house in Clifton that had a brick oven. It was amazing. They also had dough from Trader Joe’s for everyone and tons of stuff to put on the pizza.
There were very specific directions: Get the dough as thin as you can. Slide the pizza in the oven for 30 seconds, spin it around and let it cook for 30 more seconds.
I was nervous. Sweating bullets almost. These were very specific instructions and I was terrified to mess them up.
It took me quite a while to get the dough that spread out. It was very springy stuff and kept going back to a small circle in the middle of the paddle. I was not able to achieve the exact shape I wanted, but was pretty happy with the width.
There was a wide variety of things to put on the pizzas. I opted for mozzarella, goat cheese and peppers. My friend, Alex, clearly opted to dress his pizza differently. There were a lot of meats.
I put my pizza in the oven after Alex. The temperature was all off because of all the toppings on his pizza. His, cooked; mine, doughy.
The edges were good though. Really good. And because I stretched that dough out so expertly, I had a really big pizza. Way more than I wanted. So all in all-it was fairly perfect.
All in all, brick ovens are fun. This gave a big group of people something fun to do and something good to eat. Yes, I was nervous about following the rules and not burning my pizza, but it worked out. Thank goodness. I think I am starting to see a theme: I get worried about stuff, but it usually isn’t that bad.
GO FOR IT THIS WEEK!