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Sharing My Recipes, My Life, And The Food Tale Of Two Cities

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza

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Another year has flown by and it’s Steve’s birthday once more. Deciding where to take him was easy. He loves pizza, ribs, wings, beer, and everything casual. This led me to only one conclusion, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza.

Located in the Dr. Phillips Crossing off Sand Lake Rd, better known as “restaurant row”, the food here is all done in their coal-burning ovens. This lends a unique flavor to everything that comes out of their kitchen. From the ribs, which are marinated in a delicious vinaigrette, to the chicken wings covered with caramelized onions. The pizzas, like their sausage and broccoli rabe or mini meatball and ricotta with their thin crunchy crusts, are to die for.

The atmosphere is casual with an open dining room.  The artwork on the walls lends for great conversation. The coal-burning ovens are the center of attention. You can see them from wherever you’re sitting. The elegant bar with its backdrop being a wall of wine is within view.

If you want more information or to check out their menu visit their website at www.anthonyscoalfiredpizza.com.

 

 

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Cast Iron Skillet Pull-Apart Stuffed Pizza

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My Cast Iron Skillet Pull-Apart Stuffed Pizza is perfect for Sundays when Steve’s watching football all day. I serve it with a side of Marinara sauce. Served hot or at room temperature, these pull-a-part pizza bites can be customized. Here, I made them all the same, but you could get really creative and make them with a variety of fillings. All You need is a cast iron skillet.

Let’s start with the filling.

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I like stirring all the ingredients every now and then so they cool down faster, takes about 5 minutes or so. To the bowl of sautèed veggies and sausage.

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I’ve bought store bought pizza dough. It’s a lot easier when you’re talking about a weeknight meal, and really it’s just as good. I sprinkled the board with a little bit of flour to help the dough from sticking. I rolled out the dough and cut 24 circles about 4 inches in diameter. Lay them out on baking sheets lined with paper towel.

I placed a tablespoon of the filling right in the center of each circle. Fold the dough in half, then curve the bottom of each stuffed pocket in a crescent shape.

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I took my cast iron skillet and wiped the bottom and sides with a piece of paper towel that I drizzled with 2 tablespoons of Canola oil. This ensures to dough won’t stick and browns nicely on the bottom.

Lay the stuffed pockets of pizza dough into the skillet starting with the outside rim of the skillet first. Continue this process until the entire skillet has been filled. Place into the 400-degree oven on the bottom rack. Keeping a close eye on your oven, bake until crust is golden brown, about 25 minutes.

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As soon as the Cast Iron Skillet Pull-Apart Pizza comes out of the oven, I brush the top with a mixture of melted butter, a pinch of garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.  Serve with a side of Marinara sauce for dipping.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes ( this includes the filling cooking time)
Yields: 6 servings
Equipment; cast iron skillet, rolling pin,
sheet pans, parchment paper

Ingredients:
1 pound store-bought pizza dough, room temperature (rolled out and cut into circles, 4 inches in diameter, need 24 circles)
1-pound of bulk sweet Italian sausage (or spicy sausage)
2 tablespoons of Canola oil (add oil to a paper towel and thoroughly grease the cast iron skillet)
1/2 diced yellow onion
1.2 diced red, green and yellow bell pepper
3 minced garlic cloves
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 15-ounce can of drained fire roasted tomatoes
2 tablespoons of dried oregano
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
8-ounces of shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Season Butter:
1/2 stick of melted unsalted butter
1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
Marinara sauce for dipping (or store-bought pizza sauce)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.
Preheat a large sautèpan on medium heat. Add olive oil and start by browning off the bulk sausage. Once the sausage is brown and fully cooked, using a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage onto a plate lined with paper towel and set aside.

Next, in the same sautè pan add all the veggies with the seasonings. Once veggies are tender add the cooked sausage back in along with a can of drained diced tomatoes, stir and let simmer for 10 minutes.

When that’s finished cooking, transfer all the ingredients to a bowl, and let cool down. I like to stir everything every now and then to help the cooling process along. Next, add the shredded Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Move on to rolling out the pizza dough.

Cut out 24 4-inch circles and lay them out on sheet pans lined with parchment paper. Add Canola oil to a piece of paper towel and wipe down the cast iron skillet really well.

Start adding 1 tablespoon of the filling to the circles of pizza dough and folding them into a crescent shape. Next, place them in a circular pattern starting at the outside of the skillet and work your way inwards.

Bake on the bottom rack for about 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Be sure to keep your eye on it while it’s baking. Once the Cast Iron Skillet Pull-Apart Pizza is still hot, brush the top with the seasoned butter. Serve with a side of Marinara or pizza sauce.

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Rustic Grilled Pizzas

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When I talk about making pizza at home, the first thing I need to decide on are the toppings. Because we’re into the beginning of summer, I thought I check out what was in season at my local farmer’s market. Boy was I surprised. There was so much to choose from that I thought I get a little of everything. Now these pizzas are great if you are leading a vegetarian life style. I will post this under both categories, “my recipes” and  “vegetarian recipes” because I want to both of my readers. Those that eat meat, and for those who don’t. Most importantly, I want to show my readers a great way to prepare the toppings for the pizzas. Let’s get started on the toppings first.

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I have so many goodies that I found at the market, heirloom tomatoes, red and yellow bell peppers, fresh garlic, sweet onions, fennel, and red and yellow beets. I start with roasting off the peppers, onions, fennel, garlic, and beets.

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After the onion,fennel, beets, and garlic came out of the oven, I let them all cool before slicing, dicing. I made  a delicious garlic oil paste to spread over the pizza dough for extra flavor. Placing the roasted bell peppers under plastic wrap will ensure the skins will peel easily before seeding and slicing.

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I also couldn’t pass up these beautiful heirloom tomatoes. With some fresh Mozzarella, and maybe a little Proscuitto. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

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This is totally optional, but if there’s someone in you life that must have, some type of, meat on their pizza, I recommend Prosciutto.

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For the dough, I just bought store bought pizza dough. Of course you could make your own, but for these pizzas, I really wanted to concentrate on the toppings. I save homemade pizza dough for another post. Here I just let the dough rest a room temperature for about an hour. I cut the dough into four equal parts. Next I rolled them out. They don’t have to be perfectly round, that’s what make them so rustic looking. I just got my indoor grill pan really hot, then I brushed the rolled out dough on both sides with olive oil. Lastly, I just placed them two at a time on the grill pan for a couple of minutes on each side, long enough to get those beautiful grill marks. I’d say anywhere from 2-4 minutes per side. Just when you see the grill marks, flip the dough over. I would say that each of them are about the size of a personal pan pizza.

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Next, what I did was to brush each of the pizzas with roasted garlic oil. To make this all I did was to remove the roasted garlic from their jackets. Place all the cloves into a bowl, and add 1/2 a cup of good olive oil to it. Mixed it around really well and brushed it all over the top side of each of the grilled pizzas. To that, I tore up some of the fresh Mozzarella and just placed pieced all over the pizzas. With the oven on 425 degrees, I wanted the cheese to melt and get a little golden brown for the bed for all my toppings. This process only takes a couple of minutes, so don’t take your eye off the oven. I just turn the oven light on so I can see what’s happening as it happens. Once the cheese has melted, I pull the pizzas out and start the art work. I just made different combinations of flavors for each of the four pizzas. For the base of all of the pizzas I added the roasted onions and fennel over the cheese. Two of them I saved for the heirloom tomatoes, one for the roasted peppers, and the last one for the roasted red and yellow beets with goat cheese. I also add some mixed greens which included baby spinach, Swiss chard, and baby kale. With the tomatoes pizzas I laid the greens underneath the tomatoes because I wanted the colors to show through. With the roasted peppers and beets, I placed the greens on top with a sprinkling of Kosher salt and pepper. I posted this recipe with ingredients that I chose and were in season at the time. You could make pizza with whatever ingredients you like. These are just a few ideas you may want to play around with.

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Oven Temperature: 425 degrees
Prep Time: 30-40 minutes ( this includes the slicing and dicing and preparing the salad topping for the pizzas)
Inactive Prep Time: 30 minutes ( opening the foil and letting the veggies cool before prepping them for the pizzas)
Roasting Time: 30-60 minutes ( each of the veggies takes a different roasting time. starting with onions and fennel, then                            bell peppers, garlic, last and taking the longest the beets.) ( once a knife goes through the beets with no                            resistance they are ready)
Grilling Time: 2-4 minutes per side

Equipment:
2 sheet pans
Indoor grill pan

Ingredients:
1 ball of store bought pizza dough
1 package of fresh Mozzarella cheese
4 ounces of fresh Goat cheese
6 slices of Prosciutto (Optional)
4 heirloom tomatoes
1 sweet onion
2 bulbs of fennel cleaned and cored
4 beets of your choice
2 bell peppers of your choice
2 bulbs of garlic
3 tablespoons of basil leaves chopped
2 tablespoons of Italian parsley chopped
1 package of greens (ex. Arugula

Ingredients to have on hand from pantry:
Olive oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Kosher salt
Black pepper
Red wine vinegar
granulated sugar

Recipe For Heirloom Tomato Topping:
4 heirloom tomatoes
1 teaspoon of sugar                                                                                                                  .
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup of E.V.O.O.
Directions: Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.

Recipe For Roasted Beet Topping:,
2 red and 2 golden beets ( wrapped in foil, roasted off at 425 degrees for 60 minutes, cooled, peeled and diced).
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
2 tablespoons of chopped Italian parsley
1 tablespoon of fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
1/4 cup of E.V.O.O.

Directions: Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.

Recipe For Roasted garlic:
2 bulbs of garlic cut in half cross wise ( wrapped in foil and roasted off with a sprinkling of Kosher salt and black pepper, at 425 degrees for 40 minutes, peeled and placed into a bowl).
1/2 cup of olive oil.
Directions: Mix together in a small bowl until well combined.

Recipe For Roasted Bell Peppers:
1 each red and yellow bell pepper ( roasted off on a sheet pan at 425 degrees for about 30-35 minutes
Directions: Once out of the oven, place into a large bowl covered in plastic for about 10 minutes. This allows the skin to peel off easily. Then seed the pepper and slice into thin strips.

Recipe For Onions and Fennel
1 large sweet onion quartered
2 bulbs of fennel cored and quartered
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/2 a teaspoon of black pepper
2 tablespoons of olive oil

Directions: Place onto a sheet pan, spread out into one layer. Drizzle with olive olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss through with clean hands and place into a 425 degree oven for about 30-35 minutes.

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