Thursday, July 29, 2010

Rolled Pizza aka Python Pizza

Why would one want to roll a pizza? Why not? If you like to eat pizza often and need some change/ excitement in life, try this. It's fun, and it will give your friends the opportunity to make all sort of jokes about your pizza.


Pizza dough:
1 cup water
1 tbsp olive oil
2 1/2 cups bread flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp active dry yeast

1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups tomato sauce or ketchup mixed in water
1 cup ham, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup olives, chopped
1/4 cup jalapeños, chopped
4-5 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 Tbsp oregano

oil or margarine for greasing the pan

As always, I made the dough in my bread maker. It's easy and it makes a great pizza dough. This measure makes either 2 thin crust 12" pizzas, or one deep dish. It is enough for 4 people.

Stretch the dough with a rolling pin to the thickness of a thin crust pizza, or however you like it. The shape doesn't really matter since you are going to roll it anyways.

Spread sour cream over the dough first. If it is too thick, add a little bit of milk and water to it and mix.

Next is tomato sauce or ketchup.

Then add your toppings: ham, tomatoes, etc.

This pictures shows oregano form my garden that I dried and use on pizzas. Oregano is so easy to grow, actually once you plant it you will never be able to get rid of it. It spreads like crazy. But it is quite useful as it gives a nice touch to many dishes.

Then add olives, and hot peppers and whatever else you'd like.

Cover with shredded mozzarella cheese.

Then roll. This will not be easy, so make sure the dough is not stuck to the counter top surface.

Once the pizza is rolled, you will need the help of your friends to transfer it into the baking dish and then, they will let you have it. Nicknames such as a mummy and python pizza were heard. There was even a concern about not being sure who would eat whom. At this point, an interesting conversation was triggered, about a woman who died of a tumor in 1950's and the cells of her tumor are still alive, multiplying, and so far have larger mass that she did when she was alive.

Anyways, the python pizza made it to the baking dish. Total of 6 hands, 2 spatulas, 1 cutting board, and one sharp knife were needed to make this happen.

Decorate the pizza with a little bit of tomato sauce and cheese.

Bake at 450F for about 15-20 minutes.

I would like to thank my friends Sale and Filip for their support and insightful comments during this pizza making. Thank you Sale for your awesome sour cream and ketchup spreading abilities, and Filip for slaying the python pizza at the end.

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  1. Although judging from the ingredients,it's probably pretty tasty, the picture begs the question: "Before or after digestion?"

  2. Z, do you have any recipes for rabbit stew? I have been told using fresh rabbit is always better than frozen.