Saturday, April 10, 2010

Man vs Food: Brooklyn Show's Inspired Pizza

I've finished and caught up with all my "No Reservations" episodes on Netflix. So just recently I began my quest for more food viewing pleasure (or pain in this case) with Travel network's "Man vs. Food" show. Yeah, Adam Richman kind of worries me sometimes, as most of you know, he can pack in a lot of food and I just worry about his health. But I'm sure he'll do just fine on his own. It's just that it wouldn't be Man vs. Food without him, that's all.

Welp, anyway, my husband and I caught his Brooklyn show and we were very inspired to try and make the famous L&B Spumoni Gardens' Sicilian style pizza. Of course they're not going to reveal all their secrets so I improvised a little on the sauce and the shape of the pizza. Overall, the experience was fun because I tried a new cheese and it was sinfully delicious.  Now all my yoga workout just down-dogged out the window.

Here's what you will need:

3 sacks of Pre-made Dough (find them at your local grocery)
1 Can of Marinara
1 Small can of Tomato Paste
1 Small can of Water (using the Tomato Paste can)
A handful of fresh Basils
3 Large cloves of garlic or equivalent
2 Blocks of Mozzarella Cheese
1 Wedge of Pecorino Romano Cheese
1/4 Cup of Sugar

Pots, Pans and Misc:

2 Large Pizza Pans
A Rolling Pin
A Food Processor
  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  • First let's start off with the pizza sauce.  In medium pot, on low heat, combine the can of Marinara, Tomato Paste and Water.
  • In the food processor, process the garlic and basil. You want it all to melt into the sauce.
  • Add the garlic/basil mixture, the sugar and some salt and pepper to taste into the sauce. Stir the ingredients and cover, leaving the pot on low heat. Let that work it's simmering magic while you prep the other ingredients.
  • Cut your blocks of Mozzarella into rectangular slices. Grate enough Pecorino Romano to sprinkle a healthy dose for two large pizzas.
  • Divide the three sacks of dough for two pizzas.
  • Work your dough with your hands. Rolling the dough too much is not good. But do it just enough to get your hands easily shaping the pizza in a circular or rectangular pan. I chose circular this time because of the amount of dough I had to work with. Thick crust is good for this recipe.
  • Once your pizza dough is shaped, remove the pizza sauce from heat and let cool.
  • Place your sliced mozzarella on the pizza dough. Yep, we are not going to go for the sauce first this time.  Place cheese evenly to get cheese melting all over the pizza.
  • Now, spoon and spread the sauce on both pizzas with the mozzarella base.
  • Sprinkle a hefty amount of Pecorino Romano on both pizzas. Drizzle a little bit of Olive Oil on both.
  • Place pizzas in oven and bake for about 20 minutes. Make sure you check your pizzas as oven temperatures do vary.
  • Once it's bubbly and dough is golden, you're ready to enjoy this L&B Spumoni Gardens' inspired delight.
For those of you making your way to Brooklyn, NY this year here is their address:
2725 86th St., Brooklyn, NY 11223
Restaurant: 718-449-6921
What's your favorite inspired dish from Man vs. Food? Do share.

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