Best pizza with aged dough

Five days ago I made a batch of pizza dough. The recipe called for the dough to rise slowly in the refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours. After two days I cut the large portion into thirds and used two pieces for pizza. It was good! We got our fill of pizza along with a salad with greens from the garden.

Fast forward to today when I found that last piece of pizza dough still in the refrigerator. It looked good. It smelled good. Not one to let things go to waste, I decided to give it a try.

After it came to room temperature on my counter, I punched it down again and let it rest. Finally I stretched this silky smooth, elastic and fragrant dough into a paper-thin sheet. It went onto a blazing hot ceramic stone that had been preheating in a 450 F degree oven for 40 minutes. It immediately formed large bubbles and after only a few minutes the kitchen smelled like a bakery. I took it out and smeared on some homemade basil pesto sauce, sprinkled on a generous amount of mozzarella cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and browned sausage. Back into the oven, it baked until the cheese melted and became spotty golden brown, and that thin crust was cracker-crisp.

It might have been the best pizza I’ve ever made.

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This week’s Bento Challenge theme is: Red!

The centerpiece is a crispy tortilla pizza made in a cast iron skillet. I love these things. They only take about 15 minutes to make (especially if you heat up the skillet for a while in the stove beforehand), and sprinkling a bunch of parmesan all around the rim of the tortilla makes for an incredible crunchy brown crust.

The red Russian kale with leeks and garlic was made by my wife for dinner last night, and the onion chutney is from Indian delivery a few days ago.

Crispy pizza with roasted tomatoes, olives, artichokes, spinach and bacon bits!:-)
Picture taken outdoors with my nexus7.

i was tagged by: yourlovingkingofhell

name: Hannah-Elizabeth
birthday: 8th March
orientation: Bisexual (Although staying clear of girls. Not going through all that crap again)
age: 19
favorite candy: M&Ms (crispy)
favorite pizza: Chicken Tikka
favorite salad dressing: Honey and Mustard
favorite meal: Fajitas
best friend(s): Angie. She’s been my rock since I was 10
best relative: Mum or my older brothers 
best pet: Archie is my baby
best celebrity: Luke Newberry, Matt Smith, going through a phase with Nicholas Hoult right now
one random fact about your day: I’m typing this in the kitchen whilst waiting for the chocolate fudge cake I’ve just baked to cool
one random fact about your job/school: My University is nicknamed ‘Hogwarts’
one random fact about your favourite tv show: DW - My fave companion was an audio companion (Charley Pollard)

favorite soda: Dr Pepper I guess?
best memory: Meeting Angie
one random fact about you: I stated a YouTube channel a Month ago and it’s so much fun
tag five people: soppy-optimist-walker rinahasthemunchies ghostsince1738