According to the History Channel’s website, there’s a great history of the pizza. In the town of Naples, in the 1700s, the working class devised a way to get eat large amounts of calories in an easy way: flat bread with oil, cheese, and other toppings. It was an inexpensive and portable meal that could be consumed in haste. Seen as a food for the lower classes, pizza became popular when Queen Margherita visited Naples in 1889, and fell in love with the “pizza mozzarella”, which now bears the name of the young queen. Word has it that the queen, especially, liked the fact that the pizza bore the colors of her country’s flag!
Pizza can be made quickly, after work, for a delicious and special meal for you, your family, or for friends. You don’t need fancy ingredients, just be creative with what you have.
A few days ago, I told you about my windfall of basil and about dehydrating veggies for use as seasonings in my cooking and baking. Last evening, I fixed yummy pizzas after work.
Pizzas from scratch are quick and simple, and the activity can easily contribute to a fun party with guests. All you have to do, is make the dough, and seal it in a large bowl, for up to an hour, until you’re ready to divide it for your visiting pizza makers.
For my pizzas, last night, I made a pesto and added extra ingredients to make it more zippy, than usual, for the sauce. It was delicious for lunch, today, too! We ate it cold!
Pesto Pizza Sauce:
One bunch basil (about 1 cup of leaves)
¾ cup olive oil
¼ cup parmesan cheese
¼ cup of ground hazel nuts with two juniper berries (I did not have pine nuts, so improvised)
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon of dehydrated onion, celery, tomato, and chili peppers
Blend to a liquid consistency – set aside
2 cups flour
¼ cup Honey or sugar
Mix and wait until bubbly
When it’s bubbly, add 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp salt, and 1 TBS oil
Add enough flour to make a thick dough – let rest
Knead and add enough flour to make a nice dough
Roll out flat and place on your gas grill to set the pizza dough – turn over to slightly brown on the other side. Grilling the dough also gives it a wonderful, smoky flavor.
Remove from heated grill and spread pesto pizza sauce on browned pizza dough, add cheese and other toppings. Place back on grill until finished.
Enjoy with a nice salad and a glass of wine.
Thank you for reading.
Turim, G. (2012). A Slice of History: Pizza Through the ages. Access date: August 10, 2018,