In a stereotypically Italian move, my family converted the back room of the family bar into a pizza place back in the early 1970s. It was either own a pizza place or be in the mafia, but my dad didn’t have the heart to shoot people so he bought 20 pounds of mozzarella cheese instead.
I waited tables through high school and made pizza once in a while, whenever the pizza guy had to go out back to “make a call”. That’s what he told me he was doing. He was probably either doing blow or getting blown. He was no relation to the family.
I love pizza. I’m going to start making pizza again. For the time being, I’m Pillsbury-crusting it because I’m still working on making the dough. I’m a pizza snob, but we’re broke. We don’t have the extra money for me to waste flour, sugar or time. The fat & giggly dough boy brand will do for now.
Every Friday night is now pizza night at my house. Pizza is cheap and fun to make. Make enough, and it lasts all weekend. Everyone loves pizza. If they don’t, never talk to them again. They’re dead to you.
This week — grilled eggplant, sweet peppers, provolone, and green olives.
Grilled Eggplant, Sweet Peppers & Green Olive Pizza Recipe
1 whole eggplant
1/2 cup jarred sweet peppers
1/2 cup green olives
1/2 cup chopped provolone
1 chopped garlic clove
1 tube Pillsbury thin crust
salt & pepper
Cut the eggplant into large circles, brush with olive oil, salt, and pepper and toss on the grill until they get those handsome grill lines. Chop into cubes and top pizza dough with eggplant, olives, peppers and garlic. Bake for 20 minutes or until crust is crisp.
Just A Few Notes
I tried to cheat by buying green olives already stuffed with provolone cheese, but guess what, cheaters never fucking win because someone mislabeled the olives and I bought garlic stuffed by accident. I wasn’t too mad because I saved time chopping garlic but got super pissed when I had to go back to the store to buy provolone. My advice is either don’t cheat or make sure the morons at the grocery store label food correctly.
We usually use this awesome pizza stone, but in this case, we just used a simple baking sheet
Experiment with the types of olives. Just like you did in college. Don’t think we wouldn’t find out.
Pillsbury makes a regular crust and a thin crust. We prefer the thin crust but be careful spreading it out because it breaks easily if you start poking it too hard. Said the actress to the bishop.