As Christmas arrives, we return to another exciting Cinematic Cook Off with my good friend, HungryEnoughToEatSix! I’ve changed movies this year – from A Christmas Story to Home Alone.
When I was younger, I was lucky enough to receive the box set of all of the Home Alone movies. That being said, the first in the series is by far my favorite. The thought of being stuck at home, all alone, ran through my brain as I watched. I think back to all of the times my folks left, maybe even for just an hour or so to run errands, and the feeling of having the house all to myself.
A scene that is one of my favorites in Home Alone is the chaotic moment when Kevin attacks Buzz in the kitchen over a slice of cheese pizza. And cheese pizza seems to be something that Kevin holds near and dear to his heart. It shows up several times in the the series!
Like Kevin, I f’ing love pizza! This year I did my best to put a twist on the famous Cheese pizza that Kevin loves so much.
There were several different directions I could have gone with this pizza. I decided to keep one a simple cheese pizza and make another pie which had all of the toppings hidden under a massive layer of cheese.
Pizza is something we make a lot in the Schmid household. One of my pride and joys is the layer of unglazed tiles that in my oven. These tiles have traveled with me from my post college bachelor pad to the home my wife, daughter, and I reside in. There is a layer of awesomeness baked into these tiles. Just turning the oven on brings a waft of pepperoni and cheese to the kitchen.
For the first pie, I used multi-grain crust because I find it very easy to work with. This was a simple pie. I sliced large chunks of mozzarella and tossed it on some cheap pizza sauce I found in Hannafords. To help enhance the pizza, I added freshly chopped garlic and oregano. It takes only about 10-11 minutes in the oven at 500 degrees. The outcome was a deliciously greasy cheese pizza!
For the second pie, I took sautéed mushrooms and pepperoni slices and hid them under a thick layer of shredded pizza cheese from Hannafords. Unlike the first pie, I used wheat crust for this pizza. It’s not as easy to work with, but I feel like I get a better pie than the normal pizza crust you can buy there. This pie did not come out as well. The thick layer of cheese caused the slices to be very flaccid. Yes, I said flaccid. And I made a major mistake… I added too much flour, which resulted in a thick layer of it hitting your tongue as you bit down.
With that being said, our good friend Brian Dube did not care and ate the majority of both pizzas and drank all of my beer. Merry Christmas everybody and I hope you enjoyed this year’s Cinematic Cook Off!