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Go Big or Go Home - Our Super Bowl Spread

Baking Steel - The Big!
Baking Steel - The Big!

With my beloved Patriots out of Super Bowl contention, I've turned my attention to the second most important ritual of today - the Super Bowl spread.  Game day preparations are underway and my quest to create the best pizzas for Super Bowl Sunday is on.

Here's the line-up.

  1. Assess the Equipment:   For today's food-spread smackdown, I plan to pull out The Big.  At a 1/2" thick it bakes beautifully and at 30 lbs it is a heavy-duty player.  The thicker the steel, the more heat energy is stored, decreasing the cooking time. With the Big, I'll be cranking out pie after pie - scoring a big win with my guests!
  2. Go local:  New Orleans is known for its delicious Creole cuisine.  Baking Steel pays homage by testing our first Gumbo Pizza.   Spice up traditional tomato-based sauce by adding paprika, cayenne pepper and/or Louisiana-style hot sauce.   Add some sliced andouille sausage, chopped okra, file' seasoned shrimp and top it off with a little grated low-moisture mozzarella.  This recipe is hot, hot, hot!
  3. Walk Through Practice:  Making your own dough takes practice.  I've been experimenting a lot lately and find that making my dough 3 days ahead of time and giving it a cold ferment yields the best crust.  If you don't have time, buy it in store at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods.  Both have great options.
  4. Bring the Meat:  Super Bowl is not a night to eat light. We need fan fuel. My plan is to create a meat-lovers pie by piling on pepperoni, sausage and pancetta to a traditional tomato sauce and topping it off with some smoked mozzarella.

Regardless of the recipe, this Super Bowl Sunday serve up delicious Baking Steel Pizzas!   Enjoy the game and please share photos/recipes from your Super Bowl spread on our Facebook Page.

I'm really looking forward to this matchup tonight. It will be a Big win for someone!  Any thoughts?

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