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Mini-Bruschetta Pizzas on a KettlePizza? You Got It!

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This guest post is courtesy of Kim Stanfield of the Boo Boo Qued BBC Competition Team.  You can read more about Kim and Mic Stanfield at http://www.BooBooQued.com.

Let’s face it – sometimes you just don’t have the energy, or the time, for making pizza dough from scratch. You know there’s nothing like it, but some days a substitute is just what the doctor ordered.   I felt exactly that way recently and instead of rolling out my traditional pizza dough, I decided on mini bruschetta pizzas and my first bruschetta KettlerPizza party.

And I know one thing for sure: there are many more KettlePizza bruschetta pizza parties in my future!

Bruschetta is nothing more than grilled bread with toppings (delicious grilled bread with delicious toppings, I might add). pic 4

How’d we make bruschetta pizzas on our Made in USA KettlePizza?  It’s easy and I encourage you to try it.

Here’s how…

  • First we cut our favorite artisan bread – ciabatta, French, crusty loaf, brioche – your choice. Slice into about 3/8″slices.
  • Place the bread on your KettlePizza metal pizza peel, leaving a bit of space in between each piece of bread.
  • Lightly coat your bread with melted butter, or olive oil, and lightly toast in your KettlePizza by placing the peel right on the stone for a couple of minutes – no need to take the bread off the peel. We usually have the temperature in the “pizza” range.  This should only take a minute or twoBe sure to wear a heat-resistant glove as the metal of the peel will get very hot!
  • Have a place to land your peel that won’t burn or melt.
  • Now, coat your lightly toasted bread with your favorite sauce flavor – pesto, garlic butter, tomato, etc.
  • Add a bit of cheese – your choice: mozzarella, brie, cheddar, American, fontina, Muenster.
  • For toppings, add your favorite pre-cooked meats (this is a great way to serve the leftover meats from this week’s dinners).  Be creative.  And let your family and friends add their favorites – pepperoni, buffalo chicken, lobster, shrimp, meatballs, whatever they like!  Yum.
  • Now put the peel back in the KettlePizza, toast and warm up the meats (you can even add more cheese).  Just a few more minutes….
  • Pull out the peel and with a spatula, remove the bruschetta pizzas and serve them up.

Now celebrate and enjoy! Pic 1

White Clam Pizza Just Like Frank Pepe’s (plus 2 more)

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By R.B. Quinn and Mindy Merrell of CheaterChef.Com.

We just spent a couple of weeks in balmy southern Rhode Island where the weather is a bit more conducive to firing up the KettlePizza than super-hot Nashville (which hasn’t stopped us, actually). South County, RI, is the buckle of the clam belt extending along the coast west into Connecticut and east into Massachusetts. When landlocked folks like us get near the sea, we go seafood crazy. We did our level best to take full advantage of ocean fresh steamer clams, littleneck and cherrystone clams, clam cakes, clam stuffies, clam chowder and, of course, clam pizza from the KettlePizza oven. Okay, we’re verging on a Forrest Gump moment here.

Clam Pizza

What’s this clam pizza, you say?

Pepe's Pizza

If you’re not from New England you might not know about the legendary Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana established in 1925 in New Haven, CT. Pepe’s is famous for it’s thin crust pizza baked in coal-fired ovens. The tomato pies are excellent, but Frank’s White Clam Pizza topped simply with fresh clams, grated cheese, olive oil, fresh garlic and oregano, invented sometime in the mid 1960s, really put him in the pizza hall of fame. His restaurant was already serving Rhode Island littlenecks on the half shell, so he went the next step and put some fresh clams on a pie.

Pepe's White Clam Pizza
Check out the leopard crust from Pepe’s coal fired oven. Remind you of anything, fans of KP?

You really need to make a clam pizza in your KettlePizza at home. It’s a great addition to your KettlePizza line-up. You’ll find chopped fresh clams or pints of fresh frozen clams at your fishmonger or supermarket seafood counter. Even in Nashville we can buy pints of our Galilee, RI, frozen chopped clams and they are quite delicious. Shucking your own clams is always an option when available.

Clam Pizza
Many a Providence TSA agent has rummaged through our frozen clam containers packed in the luggage to Nashville.

In our fresh Rhode Island seafood frenzy this month we went further than Frank Pepe and made a couple of other fun clam pizza variations: the Clam Chowder Pizza and the Rhode Island Red Chowder Pizza. The cool thing about chowder pizza is that it includes thinly sliced potatoes. This may sound odd at first, but the creamy sliced potatoes act almost like soft cheese in the mix. Clam chowder is often flavored with salt pork or bacon, so we added crisp bacon and bits of spicy Rhode Island soppressata (aka “soupy”) to our pies.

Clam Chowder Pizza: the before and after shots:

White Clam Pizza

Clam Chowder Pizza

Rhode Island Red Chowder Pizza is a take-off on the fabulous Portuguese influenced chowder variation that isn’t too red like Manhattan, but does benefit from a hint of tomato, plus spicy garlicy Portuguese chourico (shoor-reese) or milder linguica (lin-gwee-sah) sausage. It’s wicked good. Luckily we can find Gaspar’s Portuguese sausages in Nashville, too.

Cheese is optional on all the clam pies. A little grated Parmesan is very nice, but not essential to the sweet briny goodness. What you really don’t want is heavy rubbery mozzarella covering up all those delicate clams.

The important thing to remember when making a clam pizza, or any KettlePizza, is not to overload it with too much of a good thing. Be sure to drain the clams well (freeze that briny clam juice for making chowder later) because you really don’t want a watery mess on your pie. Your beautiful masterpiece must slide easily from the floured peel into the mouth of your KettlePizza. This gentle slide can become a challenge with an overload of heavy wet ingredients. At 650 to 700 degrees, the quick cooking keeps the clams tender, not rubber band chewy.

Sweet corn is in peak season in New England right now, so if you have a couple of leftover cooked ears in the refrigerator put them to good use on your clam pizzas. Cut off the kernels with a sharp knife and sprinkle them over the pie before baking. But not too much!

Remember, there are lots of dough options. Make our dough or buy some from your favorite pizzeria or supermarket and make sure you’ve given it a good rest. Click HERE for an easy dough recipe, and HERE for tips on using store bought dough. No matter what dough you use, gently stretch the dough out and place in on a well-floured peel, then add toppings.

White Clam Pizza

Olive oil

Fresh garlic smashed and minced with a good pinch of coarse salt (about 1 clove per pie)

Chopped fresh clams, well-drained (about ½ cup per 8-inch pie)

A big pinch of dried oregano

Freshly ground coarse black pepper

Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Chopped fresh flat leaf Italian parsley

Place your stretched dough on a well-floured peel. Spread a thin layer of olive oil over the dough. Dot with the minced garlic and spread it around with your fingertips. Sprinkle the clams evenly over the crust. Sprinkle lightly with oregano. Dust with cheese, if you like. Slide the pizza into the KettlePizza, turning as needed, and cook until the crust is nicely charred. Sprinkle with black pepper and parsley and serve immediately.

Clam Chowder Pizza

Small red or white waxy potatoes (about 3 potatoes or 10 slices per 8-inch pie)

Olive oil

Chopped fresh clams, well drained (about ½ cup per 8-inch pie)

Fresh garlic smashed and minced with a good pinch of coarse salt (about 1 medium clove per 8-inch pie)

Crumbled crisply cooked chopped bacon (about 2 tablespoons per 8-inch pie)

Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Freshly ground coarse black pepper

Chopped fresh flat leaf Italian parsley, to taste

Place the potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water. Add a generous pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and simmer until the potatoes are tender, but not mushy. They are ready when a sharp knife tip slides in smoothly, but the potatoes don’t break apart. Drain and cool in a colander. When cool, cut the potatoes into about ¼-inch slices.

Place your stretched dough on a well-floured peel. Spread a thin layer of olive oil over the dough. Dot with the minced garlic and spread around with your fingertips. Arrange the sliced potatoes over the top. Sprinkle the clams over the potatoes. Sprinkle on the bacon. Dust with cheese, if you like. Slide the pizza into the KettlePizza, turning as needed, and cook until the crust is nicely charred. Sprinkle with black pepper and parsley and serve immediately.

Rhode Island Red Chowder Pizza

Small red or white waxy potatoes (about 3 potatoes or 10 slices per 8-inch pie)

Olive Oil

Fresh garlic smashed and minced with a good pinch of coarse salt

Chopped fresh clams, well drained (about ½ cup per 8-inch pie)

Diced canned tomatoes, well-drained (about 3 tablespoons per 8-inch pie)

Diced cooked Portuguese chourico (or linguica for a milder pie) sausage (about 2 tablespoons per 8-inch pie)

Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Chopped fresh flat leaf Italian parsley or cilantro

Place the potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water. Add a generous pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and simmer until the potatoes are tender, but not mushy. They are ready when a sharp knife tip slides in smoothly, but the potatoes don’t break apart. Drain and cool in a colander. When cool, cut the potatoes into about ¼-inch slices.

Place your stretched dough on a well-floured peel. Spread a thin layer of olive oil over the dough. Dot with the minced garlic and spread around with your fingertips. Arrange the sliced potatoes over the top. Sprinkle the clams over the potatoes. Add the diced tomato. Sprinkle on the chourico. Dust with cheese, if you like. Slide the pizza into the KettlePizza, turning as needed, and cook until the crust is nicely charred. Sprinkle with black pepper and parsley or cilantro and serve immediately.

KettlePizza and Walmart’s US Manufacturing Summit

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Walmart US CEO and President Greg Foran showcased KettlePizza at the retailer’s recent US Manufacturing Summit

You don’t need to dig very deep into the history of KettlePizza to learn that from day one our goal wasn’t just to build a product and company, but to create US jobs.  You’ll see this stated on our website in the “About Us” section and on our home page where we proudly fly the American flag along with the words “KettlePizza and the Made in USA Difference.”

When we pledged early on to source as many KettlePizza components as possible from US suppliers, we knew that we might take a competitive hit. After all, components manufactured outside the US would likely increase our profit margins even if we decided to price our kits for less than we currently do. But we could never manage the quality of these components like we do thanks to the relationship we’ve built with our closely aligned US partners.

Today, KettlePizza components are sourced from companies located US coast-to-US coast: Hudson, NH; Fall River, MA; Crooksville, OH; Hanover, MA; City of Industry, CA; Groveland, MA; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Tarrytown, NY; Haverhill, MA; Huntington, IN; North Andover, MA; Keene, NH; North Weymouth, MA; and, Beverly, MA. All of these companies have contributed to the success of KettlePizza but we’re always thinking about ways to do more for the US economy while growing our own company and our supplier companies too.

That’s where Walmart comes in.

Walmart recently held its second annual US Manufacturing Summit and Open Call. The event had the KettlePizza name and value-set written all over it. As part of this initiative, by 2023 Walmart has committed to buy $250 billion in products that support the creation of American jobs and to re-shore the manufacturing of goods it currently buys by facilitating and accelerating efforts of its suppliers, a positive trend that is gaining momentum across industries.

The Open Call portion of the two-day event held at Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, AR, was an opportunity for KettlePizza and hundreds of other Made in USA companies to make their case to Walmart buyers.

KettlePizza was a big hit and before too long, Walmart stores will be carrying a Made in USA KettlePizza kit.

What does a deal between Walmart and KettlePizza mean for KettlePizza and its suppliers?

Well, some of the smaller suppliers might need to double their current capacity (employees, machinery, etc.).  Some of the larger suppliers will, at the very least, need to add hours or an extra shift.  Increases in manufacturing/warehouse space would also most likely be needed. Depending on the time frame, KettlePizza would need to at least double our staff and lease additional warehouse space.

These are the good problems to have!

We believe offering our products through Walmart is a win-win-win.  Consumers win because KettlePizza products will be more broadly accessible. The US economy wins because increased sales means the expansion of American companies and subsequently, more US jobs. The reputation of “American Made” wins as more companies step up their efforts to source US manufactured goods.

We’ll keep you posted with any new developments.  As they are today, our products will continue to be available through Amazon.com, at Crate & Barrel stores and via crateandarrel.com, among other online retailers including — of course — KettlePizza.com.  In addition, KettlePizza kits are available at dealers around the US and in nine other countries. Please use our KettlePizza Worldwide Dealer Locater to find a dealer closest to you.

From all of us at KettlePizza, a big THANK YOU to all of our customers and business partners for getting us to here!

Relax About the Dough – Tips for Using Dough from the Store

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A nice pie with a great crust made with store bought pizza dough and some fresh mootz.
A nice pie with a great crust made with store bought pizza dough and some fresh mootz.

By R.B. Quinn and Mindy Merrell of CheaterChef.Com.

Some folks prefer to do things the hard way, others just have better things to do. We do some of both depending on the circumstances. When it comes to making your own pizza dough, it may not be for you (or, just isn’t for you today). If that’s the case, the easiest alternate route to great KettlePizza pizza is to pick up some already made dough in the supermarket bakery department (or at your local pizzeria), and make pies on your KettlePizza with that. Store bought dough makes a great crust, but a little advanced planning (and a few other tips) can ensure a successful result. Here’s what we learned from the pizza dough we bought from our Publix supermarket in Nashville.

Publix Pizza Dough
Four one-pound bags of Publix dough. The two puffy bags on the left have been resting in the fridge for two days. The bottom right for one day; the top right was bought this morning.

A very important point to keep in mind whether your make your own dough or buy it: yeast doughs must have rest and relaxation before you can make a pizza. This is good advice for the pizza cook as well!

Some store-bought dough tips for you:

A cold hard ball of dough is impossible to stretch into a pie and, even if it stretches a little and acts like it’s going to cooperate, the dough is likely to stretch unevenly and eventually tear. This frustrating situation we call the dreaded stretch-back leads to wads of dough flying about the patio or kitchen and a sad KettlePizza all fired up with no pies to bake. Cold dough = no pizza for you (not right now anyway).

Publix Pizza Dough
The frustration jumps right out at you, doesn’t it? The dreaded stretch-back and fatal tear with the cold ball of dough bought this morning. No time to rest and relax in the fridge. Avoid the situation at all costs.

The easy solution? Plan ahead and bring home the dough a day, preferably two days, before KettlePizza night. The best way to develop gluten and flavor is a slow rise right in the refrigerator. You don’t have to do anything but put the bags of dough in the refrigerator right in their plastic bags and forget about them for 48 hours (even up to 72 hours). You’ll notice two days later that the plastic bags have significantly puffed up and the dough feels light to the touch and airy. This is a very good development.

Publix pizza dough
One-pound bags of dough separated into two or three pieces depending on the size pie you like or how many topping combos you need blank canvases for.

When it’s time to make pizza, open the puffed bags carefully and handle the dough gently so as not to force all the air out of the dough. Pizza dough is often sold in one-pound bags, so cut the ball of dough either in half for two larger (about 9 to 10-inch) pies or into thirds for smaller (about 5 to 6-inch) pies. We use a stainless dough scraper/cutter for a quick, clean cut. Place the balls on a floured surface and cover with plastic wrap or a warm damp towel. Let them rest protected from the air while you’re getting the KettlePizza up to pizza temperature.

Here’s the beauty part—with a nice, soft, relaxed ball of dough with well-developed gluten the ball stretches easily and brings our your inner pizza chef. Hold the dough with your fingers from the edges and allow gravity to gently stretch the dough downward.

Publix Pizza Dough

You can also use your knuckles to expand the dough; just push it out in a circular motion.

Publix Pizza Dough

Now your pie is ready for your favorite toppings and will puff up nicely in the hot KettlePizza.

Publix Pizza Dough
Handle the dough gently as you stretch and allow gravity to help you. A light touch helps keep those nice air pockets intact for a knockout puffy crust.
Publix Pizza Dough
Good air pockets keep the crust light, not dense, heavy, and too chewy.

A little forward thinking and planning ahead so you can let the dough develop on its own in the refrigerator will make for a relaxed dough, a relaxing KettlePizza night, and a relaxed you.

KettlePizza Kits — Baking Steel vs. The Dome

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KettlePizza Domed Pies

By R.B. Quinn and Mindy Merrell of CheaterChef.Com.

KettlePizza offers a nice array of kits with several different options, but today we’re going to take a quick look at the difference between using the Baking Steel top vs. just the Weber dome (KettlePizza without the Baking Steel).

We’ve been making plenty of pizza with the Serious Eats KettlePizza Special Edition Kit that includes the Baking Steel. The benefit of the steel is essentially a hotter oven and a faster cooking pie that results from the extremely hot steel radiating heat down over the pizza while it cooks. The Baking Steel also creates more leopard spotting on the top and edges of the crust.

When the Baking Steel is in place under the Weber kettle lid it is super heated by the flames coming off the burning wood chunks in the firebox at the rear of the kettle. The more the wood burns, the more the flames roll across the bottom of the Baking Steel. The pies cook very quickly in under five minutes.

Without the Baking Steel top in place, the KettlePizza works more like a domed wood burning oven and runs at a slightly lower temperature. As a result, the pies take a little longer to cook, 3 or 4 minutes more depending on your oven temperature.

A couple of tips for making pizza without the Baking Steel:

— After the pie has been in the oven about a minute it should be set and moveable. Gently lift it off the stone and rotate the pie with the peel, long metal tongs, or a metal spatula to expose all the edges to the burning wood in the rear firebox. Continue rotating all during the cooking for a beautiful brown and spotted edge.

— Remember, you are creating a pizza oven so don’t remove the Weber Kettle Lid to refuel with wood and let all the heat escape. Keep the precious heat in the oven. You won’t be adding anymore charcoal as the wood becomes the new coals as it burns.

–Keep the wood coming. One of the beauties of KettlePizza is that it truly creates a wood-burning oven which is how it can reach temperatures much higher than straight charcoal can provide. Adding dry, seasoned wood chunks at a steady pace keeps the oven temperatures high for consistent baking. We put chunks in all three sides creating what we call in Nashville the “half ring of fire.” When you notice the flames beginning to subside (and see the temperature gauge falling toward 600 degrees or lower), add a couple more chunks by sliding them across the stone and into the back (or firebox). Use long tongs or a small fireplace shovel, or with a little practice, you can toss them in with a flick of the wrist.

–Find a good source of fist-size wood chunks like mild-scented oak or pecan that easily slide onto the burning coals. This isn’t about smoking, it’s about cooking with fire. Smoky woods like hickory or mesquite are a little heavy for pizza.

KettlePizza

–Finish off the pizza with the heat of the dome. When your pizza is about done, slide it onto the metal peel and lift the peel inside the oven as high as the opening allows. This hovering method lets the intense heat radiating off the kettle’s dome finish melting the cheese, cook the toppings, and brown the crust as needed. It’s a nice finishing touch that makes for a spectacular pie.

KettlePizza Leftovers — The Beauty of Making Extra

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KettlePizza

By R.B. Quinn and Mindy Merrell of CheaterChef.Com.

One of the joys of firing up your KettlePizza oven is knowing you’ve got leftover pizza ready for lunch or dinner over the next few days. And if you plan a little, you can create even more last minute pizza options. That’s the beauty of making extra. Even better, delicious leftover homemade KettlePizza beats any brand of frozen pizza any day.

You know the KettlePizza drill—you’ve got your dough relaxed and ready to stretch out on the peel, your sauce, cheese, and other toppings all lined up, and the KettlePizza temperature gauges are in the “Pizza Zone.” Now is the time to strike while it’s hot.

Mindy’s go-to dough recipe  makes 6 medium pies, so that’s what we typically make for a KettlePizza session. That leaves us with the better part of 4 pies for later, unless the kids are home from school in which case that number plummets to zero pies for later.

As food writers we do quite a bit of cooking at our house, usually more than we can eat ourselves. So, we’ve had to develop some reliable freezer management practices to get the most out of our efforts and avoid wasting good food.

First, we always keep a supply of quart and gallon size sealable plastic freezer grade bags, freezer masking tape, and Sharpie pens in the top kitchen drawer. How many times have you popped something into a bag or plastic container and into the freezer only to discover months later that you have no idea what’s inside and how long it’s been there? A quick note with a marker to name and date your leftovers on the bag or on freezer tape stuck onto the container can mean the difference between enjoying something you made later, or tossing out the icy frozen mystery food. Keep in mind that you can keep frozen cooked pizza at least a good couple of months without worry of freezer burn.

We always cut the pies into slices so we can heat up just what we need. Slices are easier to store and easier for snacking and fitting into the toaster oven, too. The good news also is that you can spot the frozen triangle slices pretty easily in the freezer.

The key is proper thawing and reheating to get the best result possible. As with all foods, the best practice is to thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator, not on the counter, to prevent encouraging bacteria from developing in foods above 34 (refrigerator temp) degrees. So, as you head out the door to work in the morning, put your frozen pizza bag in the fridge and they’ll be ready for dinnertime.

Another great thing about a slice of pizza is that it really doesn’t need to be thawed to reheat well. So, you can go right from the freezer to the heat at the last minute for maximum last-minute flexibility.

KettlePizza

KettlePizza Reheating Tips:

–No matter how you reheat pizza the key is to not leave your post while the pizza heats up. Even when frozen, a slice of pizza only takes a couple minutes to get good and hot and the cheese and toppings safely heated. Too much heat and the crust will become hard and cracker-like, and the cheese and sauce will burn. Don’t leave your post!

–For a few pieces we just use the toaster oven. It heats up faster and creates less kitchen heat than the conventional oven. They usually hold 2 to 4 slices depending on your oven and slice sizes. Set it at about 400 degrees and set the slices right on the rack. Check your progress after a couple minutes and when the slices are hot and bubbly, slide them onto a plate with your cooking tongs.

–For lots of pizza, preheat your regular oven to about 375 degrees and set the pizza/pizza slices either right on the racks, a baking sheet, or a perforated, nonstick pizza pan. If you have a heavy load of toppings and cheese that might drip onto the oven bottom, use a pan and save making a mess.

–Use your backyard grill. Medium heat is plenty hot enough to reheat pizza. Set slices on the grates, close the lid and check them after a couple minutes. Using tongs move the slices around as necessary to deal with grill hot and cold spots to ensure even heating.

–Use you KettlePizza oven. If you’re making new pizza but have some frozen and want to enjoy that, too, slide your leftover slices right onto the KettlePizza stone and watch them bubble back to life.

KettlePizza: Increasing Facebook friend counts since 2010

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Guest post by Gav Martell of www.grillinterrupted.com, author of the cook book, “Grill Interrupted,” a MasterChef Canada Season 2 finalist, and winner of Toronto’s Inaugural Winterlicious Tin Chef Competition (exclusively for home chefs). Gav bought his first KettlePizza last February. Once the snows of Ontario gave way to Spring, he was finally able to fire up his Made in the USA KettlePizza.

Every winter I wait patiently for summer to arrive. Not because I won’t grill through the winter – I’m happy to light up the barbie as much in the cold as I am during the summer months. Sure, it takes a little more bundling up and my wife is forever yelling at me for leaving my snowy boots on a small towel in the corner of our kitchen by the back door… but all-the-same I’m out there rain or shine, sleet or snow. Happily, stubbornly grilling my way through whatever mother nature can throw my way. However, there is no substitution for the glorious days of summer when the sun is high in the sky, the kids are playing in the backyard, the bbq is fired up, and we get to hang out with friends enjoying some good food.

This year in particular summer could not come quick enough. Back in December I bought myself a KettlePizza kit – an adapter to a standard Weber kettle grill that turns it into a backyard pizza oven. I’ve done pizza on the grill many, many times but am often faced with the challenge of keeping the heat in. A challenge as I constantly need to lift the lid to check on the pizzas and move them in and out of the bbq. Inevitably I end up with pizzas that are cooked on the bottom, but not quite done on top. The KettlePizza kit resolves this problem by adding a middle band to the kettle grill that acts as a pizza oven door and enables the heat to stay where you want it. There is no longer a need to lift the lid off the top. Brilliant. Beautiful wood-fire charred pizza beckoned… I just needed the snow to thaw.

This past Sunday I finally put the call out on Facebook. What better way to inaugurate my new pizza oven then an open invite to all of my friends to come by and sample my wares! I spent the better part of the day fine-tuning my pizza-making techniques. The KettlePizza was sublime in its simplicity and success was not difficult to achieve as soon as the grill was fired up. The steps were as easy as:

1) assemble the KettlePizza kit

2) light the charcoal and hard wood

3) wait for grill to reach “pizza” cooking temperature (approx 700 degrees)

4) Get grilling!

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The KettlePizza paddle and pizza stone made feeding the pizzas in and out a breeze, and otherwise it was really just a matter of occasionally feeding the flames with some additional hardwood to keep the temperature at a high enough level. Charcoal alone can get the grill hot, but it’s the hardwood that pushes it up into the “pizza hot” stratosphere.

Over the course of the day I had a lot of people stop by and help, and even more people stop by and eat! We cranked out about 20 pizzas over the course of 3 hours and made some solid Grade-A wood-fired pizzas. Brushing garlic-butter and sprinkling Parmesan on the crust really helped propel my backyard pizzas to ridiculous levels. There’s nothing better than spending the afternoon hanging out with friends and sharing some good food. The KettlePizza removed all of the obstacles to making great pizza on a traditional grill and had very little fuss or muss to worry about so I could focus less on minding the grill and more on hanging out and enjoying some great food! I’ll definitely be putting out the “pizza signal” on Facebook again the next sunny Sunday I get.

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image from SeriousEats.com