wine tasting

A group of people get together ever few months to have a wine tasting.  I love the concept.  Everyone brings a bottle.  The bottles are brown bagged.  Everyone gets a piece of paper and a pen.  As you taste the wines, numbered 1 – 11 last night, you write down your thoughts on each glass.  At the end, votes are tallied up for the top three favorites.  Interesting how different everyone's palette is and then of course how wine tastes different when eating food.

The event was at our house last night and this is the first one I have been to.  Pizza was the food.  I made eight different pizzas.  The dough should really be made the night before.  Makes for a much better dough.

Recipe for the dough:

Take 1 1/2 cups really warm, almost hot water and sprinkle 1/4 tsp. of yeast on top.  Let that sit for about 10 minutes and the water should turn foggy and feel a little thicker.  If it doesn't do this, the yeast isn't active.  Then add 2 tsp. olive oil and 2 tsp. kosher salt.  In the mix master, put in 4 cups all-purpose flour and pour the water mixture over the top.  Mix with the kneader for 10 minutes at medium low speed.  The dough will form a ball and completely pull away from the bowl.  After 10 minutes, take the bowl off the mix master and put a damp towel over the top and let it sit for 5 minutes.  Then, put the bowl back and knead again for 10 more minutes.  Once this process is over, take out the dough, fold it over to make a ball, cover with olive oil, put into a new bowl, cover with plastic wrap ( tightly ) and put in the refrigerator over night.  In the morning, pull the dough out, fold it in half and put back in the refrigerator for 4 hours to 24 hours.  About 2 hours before you are ready to use the dough, roll the dough out, just a little, and cut it into 4 equal pieces.  Make each piece into a ball and set on a floured surface ( put it on a cutting board ), each piece far away from each other to grow.  Put a damp cloth over the four balls and let sit until you are ready to use.  At least 2 hours in advance so the dough can riseIngredients were all over the place. 

Pizza start
I prepped mushrooms, broccoli rabe mixed with shallots, pine nuts, fontina, goat gouda, mozzarella, roasted cauliflowers, tomato sauce, prosciutto, pancetta, spinach, Parmesan, basil, caramelized onions, marinated artichokes and crushed pepper flakes and set them each in a separate bowl for easy fixings. 

Here are the pizzas:

Mushroom, spinach goat
Goat Gouda, mushrooms and spinach

Tomato sauce, mozzarella, proscuitto and basil

Cauliflower, fontina, artichokes and pine nuts

Tomato sauce, broccoli rabe, chili peppers

Tomato sauce, mozzarella, pancetta and onions

Cauliflower, Parmesan, cauliflower, artichokes, fontina

Mushrooms, spinach, broccoli rabe, onions, mozzarella

Cauliflower, onions, mozzarella, pine nuts

The winning wine was the Neo.

Great night. 

Comments (Archived):

  1. kirklove

    That looks yum. Lili and I need to set up a night like this. Great idea. One of my favorite things is to make my own pizza. Proud you even have a pizza peel. Buono lavoro!

    1. Gotham Gal

      It’s all about the [email protected]

  2. DonRyan

    That looks awesome. I think I need to schedule one of these for my house.

  3. Shelly Lipton

    Wow, those pizzas look amazing! Gotta try the recipe. And the Neo.

  4. TanyaMonteiro

    inspiring idea, great Christmas party even coming up, thank you

  5. Jen

    We did this same thing over the Summer with beer. It had a very suprising outcome…my favorite was Negro Modelo.

    1. fredwilson

      negro modelo is one of my favorite beers, along with pilsner urquel

  6. Tracey Jackson

    You made all those pizzas???? Bloody amazing….I’m impressed.

    1. Gotham Gal

      jack of all trades…..except gardening!

      1. fredwilson

        you could nail gardening if you wanted to

  7. Tereza

    OK that’s outta control!! We need to figure out how to transport fresh pizzas over the web so we can gobble them up. Total yum.

  8. rebeccastees

    what was the favorite pizza?

    1. Gotham Gal

      Good question. Lots of love espoused for the broccoli [email protected]

  9. ellen

    Do you have a pizza oven in the kitchen? Many of my Italian friends would not build a kitchen without one.

    1. Gotham Gal

      I don’t. Our friend has an outdoor pizza oven and I can hardly wait to seehim in action using it. I continue to think about getting one. I love theentire concept of the pizza oven.

  10. Debbie Stier

    One Word: YUM

    1. Gotham Gal


  11. Jill

    Do you cook the pizzas one at a time and serve them at room temperature? Do you do all of this ahead of time? While your guests are there? Thanks so much.

    1. Gotham Gal

      i had two ovens going, each with a pizza stone. i made them while theguests were there because i had prepped all the toppings and doughs. pizzasdon’t take long to cook. maybe 8 – 10 minutes.