cast iron chef

I wondered how I could follow up meals of pork belly, and lobster lasagna, and a sighting of (and smile from) Tyler Florence this past weekend.  It would have to be good or nothing at all.  I remembered reading about The Pizza Hacker on Serious Eats a while ago, and the good boys at Sneaky’s swear by his pies so I had the hankerin’ and thought I’d try my hand at it.  Okay, so my pizza stone is sitting in storage in LA, and I don’t have the FrankenWeber grill that The Pizza Hacker made/has, but I do have a cast iron skillet and a broiler.

The method proved a bit too unwieldy to this amateur hack which resulted in a chewy, not crunchy crust caused by a not-as-hot-as-it-should-be skillet and broiler.  Pizza looked fairly decent, though (IMHO), albeit a bit misshapen, looking more like a crime scene amoeba.

Heirloom tomatoes, garlic, crimini mushrooms, fresh basil, and mozzarella.

Next attempt will be on my tabletop electric grill/broiler, and maybe make a pizza sauce instead of fresh tomatoes.

As much as I’m not a big fan of the personality of Mario Batali, the businessman Batali does have a few pizza grill products that maybe worth investigating.  And gotta hand it to the guy – while filming his first episode of “Ciao America,” he accidentally cut his hand, was clearly bleeding profusely, noticed the camera was still rolling  so instead of making a fuss about wound, stuck his hand into a pot of hot tomato sauce to hide the blood.  And this was without seemingly skipping a beat.

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