There are not often tears shed in my kitchen, but the event has taken place before. It actually became a frequent occurence years ago when I really got on a pizza making kick.
I had acquired the ESSENTIAL pizza making tool- the pizza stone. The magical stone that when pizza is cooked upon- the crust is crisp on the outside but remains chewy on the inside. It had changed my pizza making experience. There was only one problem, transferring the perfectly topped raw pizza onto the stone that had to be preheated in the oven...
And this is where the tears came in...
There is nothing sadder than making a homemade sauce, spreading it on your perfectly tossed dough, topping it with the best of ingredients and then in the final step completely ruining it trying to transfer it to the pizza stone.
My husband would console me as we ate deformed, inside-out, raw-on-one-side/cooked-on-the-other pizzas.
So though I do NOT have the space for it, I finally acquired a pizza peel, just like the guy manning the oven at my favorite NYC pizzeria. And now I am a pizza producing machine.
So after mastering the classics, it's time to have a little fun, thus, the Poblano Pizza...
1 cup 1% Milk
1tsp Kosher Salt
½ tsp Ancho Chili Powder
1Lbs Pizza Dough
2 Poblano peppers, roasted, sliced
½ small Red Onion, thinly sliced
3Tbs Cilantro, chopped
6oz Queso Fresco cheese
In a small sauce pan melt the butter and whisk in the flour. Let cook together for 1-2minutes and then whisk in the milk. Let come to a boil and thicken, 3minutes. Add salt and Ancho chili powder and set aside.
Roast the poblano’s by putting under your broiler or on an open flame until charred on all sides. Put in a Ziploc bag and let cool. Remove the seeds and skin and use.
Roll out pizza dough to 1/2inch thick, sprinkle bottom with cornmeal and put on a pizza peel. Top with half of the sauce mixture and the roasted poblanos. Bake on a pizza stone or a baking pan for 10minutes at 500degrees. Add the rest of the sauce and continue baking until crust is golden brown and cooked through, approx. 5-10minutes. Remove pizza and top with onions, cilantro and queso fresco. Slice and serve! Enjoy!!
- You can use any kind of milk you have on hand, I had 1% and it worked fine
- Slice the onions as thin as possible. They don’t actually cook so you don’t want them too thick