Well Dined

2Jan/170

Most Popular Recipes of 2016

Well Dined | Most Popular 2016

As we begin a new year, let's take a look back at some of your favorite recipes.

Well Dined | Chicken, Bacon, and Ranch Slow Cooker Tater Tot Casserole

#10 - Chicken, Bacon, and Ranch Slow Cooker Tater Tot Casserole

Well Dined | Spam and Rice Bowl

#9 - Spam and Rice Bowl

30Dec/140

Top 10 Most Popular Recipes of 2014

We are reaching the end of 2014, so here is a look back at the recipes that you liked that most!  Fun fact: January was my most popular month.  Happy New Year and may your 2015 be full of blessings!

Well Dined | Spring Vegetable and Tortellini Salad

#10 - Spring Vegetable and Tortellini Salad

Well Dined | Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onion, and Goat Cheese - Three Ways

#9 - Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onion, and Goat Cheese - Three Ways

Well Dined | Chicken Parmesan Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash

#8 - Chicken Parmesan Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash

26Aug/130

Summer Pizzas

Well Dined | Tomato and Burrata Pizza

I really love authentic Italian pizza.  The kind with the thin crust that gets blistered and charred in the wood oven.  My favorite place to get it around here is Pizzeria Orso, but I have been trying to make it at home.  Step one is to get a pizza stone.  I leave mine on the bottom rack of the oven.  As long you are heating it with the oven (not sticking a cold stone into a hot oven) it will be totally fine to leave it in there all the time.  In fact, heating it frequently will help keep it clean by burning any spills to dust.  I've even left it in there on the self clean mode - totally fine and now very clean!  It will take longer for your oven to preheat with the stone in it, but it will help keep the temperature even and constant.  You will also need a pizza peel to transfer the pizza to the stone.

Well Dined | Jim Lahey Dough

Step 2 for great pizza - great dough.  I have tried many doughs, including whole wheat ones.  For authentic pizza - this Jim Lahey dough is the best.  It takes a long time to make though, so be prepared.  The idea behind this dough is that the tenderness and pocketed texture come from fermenting the dough (for 18 hours, I told you it takes time!), and then handling it as little as possible.  That means no kneading!

Well Dined | Jim Lahey Dough

After letting the dough ferment (like sourdough starter), you carefully remove the dough from the bowl and place it on a floured surface.  Then you separate it into four parts and gently fold (not roll, or knead) the parts into balls.  Use them quickly or wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate.  This dough is only good for a couple of days so plan to make a lot of pizza!

Well Dined | Jim Lahey Dough

When you are ready to make the pizza (the oven and stone should be preheated at this point), carefully and gently stretch the dough.  Either in the air on your knuckles, or on a floured surface.  For some technique tips - check out this video.  See those bubbles in the dough, there?  That's what you are trying to achieve.  Those will blister up and make your pizza awesome.  Here's another handy trick - I always have trouble getting my pizza off the peel, no matter how much cornmeal I put on there.  So I have started putting the pizza onto parchment paper and sliding that onto the stone.  Then after about 2 minutes (you will smell it starting to char), I slide the parchment out from under the partially set dough - easy!