Friday, May 28, 2010

Greek Style Deep Dish Pizza

A few weeks ago, I complained that rabbits or squirrels were eating our strawberries just as they started to become ripe, before we could enjoy them. Well today, Brett rescued this little critter in our yard from a neighbor's cat's jaws.

Before everyone says, "awwwww, look at the baby rabbit", just remember, rabbits can be killers! Here's a scientific documentary proving that.



Even still, Alexis wouldn't let me make rabbit stew so we had to have something else for dinner. (Don't worry just joking, he/she is recovering fine and will be released back in our garden tomorrow morning.)

This is one that Alexis and I made up a few weeks ago (April 20th to be exact per my notebook) when she decided she wanted to try a deep dish style pizza. We looked at what ingredients we had on hand and decided to take it Greek style. It wasn't authentic Greek food, but it had a lot of Greek flavors.

We made it again tonight but this time made it in the brick oven....errr Big Green Egg. As I've mentioned a million times over, the Egg's ceramics make it the perfect wood fired cooker for pizzas. But this recipe does work well in both an oven or on a ceramic cooker.
Greek Style Deep Dish Pizza
Source: Nibble Me This

Ingredients
1 order pizza dough (make your own, buy from local pizza joint or buy a mix from store)
1/2 cup sun-dried tomato pesto
6 ounces mozzarella, shredded
8-10 slices salami, quartered
2 slices red onion
4-6 ea kalamata olives, sliced
1/4 cup portobello mushroom, diced and sauteed
8-10 ea mint leaves, fresh, chopped
4-5 ea marinated artichoke hearts, diced
6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

Instructions
Roll pizza dough out and form it into a greased 9" round dish. This will work with a cake pan but does really well with a preheated stoneware pan. Poke the dough all over with a fork. Alexis tells me that will help keep the dough from bubbling up during the pre-cook. She knows the baking stuff way better than I (See? we complement each other!). Place the pan/dough into a 475f Big Green Egg or oven for 5 minutes.

Spread the tomato pesto on the base of the pizza and top with the mozzarella. We used Classico's Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto that you can find in most grocery stores but you could make your own, there's a lot of recipes available via a quick google.

Then toss in the next six ingredients (salami, onions, olives, mushroom, mint, and artichoke....don't you hate when recipes make you count?).

Top with the feta cheese and put back on the Big Green Egg or in the oven, still at 475f and cook for 12 minutes.

Pull from the cooker and let rest in the pan for another 5 minutes.

You should be able to lift the entire pan using a pair of large spatulas.

Slice and serve. Damn good stuff.

Both times this has been one of our favorite pizzas. It might not be pretty but the flavors pack a punch that wakes your mouth up. The strong flavors of the feta, olives, peppers, and other ingredients walk that fine line between making your mouth water and making your eyes wince.

Time for a quick game of Versus in the comments:
1) Deep dish vs. regular pizza
2) Monty Python rocks vs. Monty Python sucks (don't worry about offending me, I love MP, Alexis hates them).

25 comments:

  1. I LOVE feta cheese on pizzas and in calzones. This looks like something that would be right up mine and my husbands alley! Thanks!

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  2. Awww, we have a kitty that likes to torture bunnies, too. He's now called Bunny Breath, lol. We rescue them as soon as we see or hear them in captivity.

    That pizza looks amazing!

    Jenn

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  3. It looks outstanding Chris - I've been thinking about trying a deep dish pizza and this post sure is inspiring.

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  4. Oh the pictures look great, I feel hungry now, the pizza is just delicious!!!!

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  5. The Holy Grail is one of the best movies ever. For some reason I have a craving for pizza.

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  6. I have never had this before- looks great!

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  7. Wow!!!!! You get a million bonus points for incorporating cute fuzzy animal, Monty Python, and Pizza all in one post!!!! You are awesome!

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  8. Killer bunny - I'd forgotten - stinkin' funny!!! We, or I should say the mister, throws carrots out each morning to feed the little bunny...if we have bunnies it means the coyotes are gone...but when we get too many bunnies they return and then we hear bunny SCREAMS at night...so sad! Okay, the pizza looks divine - thanks for the laugh and the recipe! xo, Nan

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  9. That pizza looks amazing. Love that photo of the slice and serve! Don't you dare eat that cute wittle wabbit! :-)

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  10. Wow, this does look absolutely amazing Chris! I could use a nice slice of that right this second, yummy! I'll have an ice cold beer with that too please ;-)

    I like regular and deep dish pizza but my very favorite is a good Italian NY style pizza, not the stuff from the chain pizza places (ick). Raising my hand as a fan of MP :-)

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  11. By the way, I did get just a little nervous when I saw the bunny in the first shot - all I could think was Fatal Attraction!

    Adorable little guy, can we keep him? Pleeease?

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  12. What a delightful pizza!Cute bunny :)

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  13. Enjoyed the video, let's just say I soiled my armor. Great looking pizza as well.

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  14. Aw that bunny is adorable! I don't think I'd be able to release him back into the wild. He's so small and vulnerable! Then again, I just really want a pet. I'd probably keep any living animal that found it's way into my apartment. Except for my brother. I keep sending him back to my parents.

    I love a good deep dish pizza. I rarely have it but I have to say I like it better than thin crust. I really like crust. The toppings on this look delicious. I really need to try my hand at deep dish.

    MP rocks!

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  15. That is frickin' gorgeous! 1. I think it depends on the day. 2. MP ROCKS!! "What's he do...nibble your bum?" ha ha ha ha

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  16. Those flavors sound great together!

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  17. my boss rescued two baby rabbits from his cat. They are still too young to be out in the wild - he is feeding them goats milk and hoping they make it.

    The pizza looks great. I Chicago style pizza - we'll have to put this on our list to try out.

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  18. "it's just a little bunny! how dangerous can it be?"

    My sister and I say that to each other when we spot a rabbit. Then we dissolve into hilarious laughter every. single. time. What a classic scene.

    The pizza looks amazing. One of my favorite treats on the grill is pizza, whether it's with a good chewy crust or on specialty flatbreads that grill up with a crispy snap. The smokiness can't be beat.

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  19. Any use of Monty Python in a post gets my thumbs up! The pizza looks great, and once again I get some BGE envy, because as much as I too would love a wood fired oven in the backyard, it is just not going to happen!

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  20. I can see this placing in a pizza cook-off --one broadcasted on Food Network. You seriously need to get some face time on that channel. Make it happen!

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  21. What a sweet bunny.

    The pizza looks amazing. I've never tried deep dish pizza before but after this post, I can't wait to try it.

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  22. That pizza looks delish. So does the cute little bunny. GREAT Monty Python reference.

    MY votes:

    Prefer regular pizza (but can enjoy a deep dish)
    MP Yea! Ni! Ni! Ni! Ni!

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  23. I love the baby bunny and your pizza looks fabulous. Greek style is my all-time favorite, but I usually go for a hand-tossed regular crust.

    As for Monty Python - The Holy Grail is my all-time favorite movie. I met a guy on a plane once that quoted the entire "Dennis the Constitutional Peasant" scene(to my absolute delight). I dated him for quite awhile. Also, I recently introduced my little grandson to the Black Knight and the Bridgekeeper - he's already a true fan. :)

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  24. Nice looking pizza! I like the Greek flavours in it.

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  25. That is one heck of a pizza. I really need to invest in an egg so I can have an outdoor pizza oven. Glad you left out the shrubbery. Haha.

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