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Marinara Pizza and Chef’s Table: Pizza

Hello and welcome to Pizza and a Movie! Today’s pizza was inspired by the new season of Chef’s Table, which focuses on six distinct pizza chefs. What is more straight forward than dough and sauce? A marinara pizza is simply that. But don’t be deceived by the simplicity. This pizza is complex and ultra flavorful. In my version, we have the fresh, bright flavor of uncooked crushed tomatoes punctuated with the sweet flavor of roasted tomatoes and whole garlic cloves. You might think you’ll miss the cheese. But you won’t. Trust me. Let’s get to it!

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Roasted Tomatoes and Garlic

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F with a pizza stone or steel. While it’s preheating prepare the tomatoes and the garlic cloves on a sheet tray with olive oil and a sprinkling of kosher salt. I am going to roast the garlic cloves with the skins on, it’s easier to take the skins off after the cloves are roasted. Go ahead and put the tray in the oven, right on the pizza steel while it’s preheating. We will let these roast for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile let your dough come up to room temperature, for about 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, the tomatoes should have burst a bit and will have released some juice. the garlic cloves might not look golden, but give one a poke and if it’s soft, you’re good to go. Set the tomatoes and garlic aside and let them cool for a bit. Once cooled enough to handle, unpeel the garlic and discard the skins.

Build the Marinara Pizza

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For the sauce base, we are using crushed uncooked tomatoes right out of the can. Roll, stretch or spin your dough out onto a lightly floured pizza peel. Use a silicone spatula to scoop and spread the crushed tomatoes on the dough. Be sure to leave about half an inch for the crust.

Use that same spatula to scoop and place the roasted tomatoes and garlic on the sauce. Be sure the garlic is evenly placed on the pizza.

Scrape the pan to get the oil and tomato juices into one corner of the pan. Then drizzle that tomatoey oil and roasted bits over the pizza. Add a drizzle of olive oil to the pizza and around the crust.

This Marinara Pizza is ready for the oven. Slide the pizza onto the pizza steel or stone and let cook for 10-15 minutes. Until the dough is puffed and golden on the top and the bottom.

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When the pizza comes out of the oven, give it another drizzle of olive oil. Sprinkle some grated Parmesan over the top and dot with fresh basil.

Slice it up and we are ready to serve! This pizza is so simple and so flavorful with the combination of bright crushed tomatoes and the deeply savory sweet roasted tomatoes and garlic. Such a simple, perfect, satisfying pizza.

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Movie Night: Chef’s Table: Pizza

We have our Marinara Pizza ready to go so let’s get to the show. This week, over three nights I watched the new season of Chef’s Table on Netflix. This collection of six episodes focuses on pizza. Six pizza chefs from around the world share their love and devotion to pizza. A truly inspiring collection of stories and unique perspectives on pizza making, ingredients and the art of pizza.

As much as I have been inspired over the many seasons of Chef’s Table, no series has captured what I love about cooking most than this series on Pizza. Beyond the pizza, this is a wonderful collection of stories, shot and edited beautifully. If you haven’t seen any of the Chef’s Table series, I highly recommend them all, but especially this new Pizza series. Chef’s Table: Pizza is available to stream with a subscription to Netflix.

Thank you all for joining me today for Pizza and a Movie! If you want another classic pizza, try Pizza Margherita. Have a great weekend! Take care and be well, xo Kelly

Key Equipment

Marinara Pizza

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Dinner, Main Course Italian
By Kelly Djalali Serves: 2-4
Prep Time: 40 Minutes Cooking Time: 10-15 Minutes Total Time: ~50 Minutes

Featuring the fresh, bright flavor of crushed tomatoes punctuated with the sweet flavor of roasted tomatoes and garlic cloves.

Ingredients

  • 12-16 oz. Grape or Cherry Tomatoes
  • 8-10 Garlic Cloves
  • Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1 Prepared Pizza Dough
  • 1/4-1/3 cup Uncooked Crushed Tomatoes
  • Garnish with Parmesan Cheese and Fresh Basil

Instructions

1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F with a pizza stone or steel.

2

While it's preheating prepare the tomatoes and the garlic cloves on a sheet tray with olive oil and a sprinkling of kosher salt.

3

Roast the garlic cloves with the skins on, it's easier to take the skins off after the cloves are roasted. Go ahead and put the tray in the oven, right on the pizza steel while it's preheating.

4

Let the garlic and tomatoes roast for about 30 minutes.

5

Meanwhile let your dough come up to room temperature, for about 30 minutes.

6

After 30 minutes, the tomatoes should have burst a bit and will have released some juice. the garlic cloves might not look golden, but give one a poke and if it's soft, you're good to go. Set the tomatoes and garlic aside and let them cool for a bit.

7

Once cooled enough to handle, unpeel the garlic and discard the skins.

8

Roll, stretch or spin your dough out onto a lightly floured pizza peel. Use a silicone spatula to scoop and spread the crushed tomatoes on the dough. Be sure to leave about half an inch for the crust.

9

Use that same spatula to scoop and place the roasted tomatoes and garlic on the sauce. Be sure the garlic is evenly placed on the pizza.

10

Scrape the pan to get the oil and tomato juices into one corner of the pan. Then drizzle that tomatoey oil and roasted bits over the pizza. Add a drizzle of olive oil to the pizza and around the crust.

11

Slide the pizza onto the pizza steel or stone and let cook for 10-15 minutes. Until the dough is puffed and golden on the top and the bottom

12

When the pizza comes out of the oven, give it another drizzle of olive oil. Sprinkle some grated Parmesan over the top and dot with fresh basil.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Monique Wilson
    September 23, 2022 at 9:36 am

    Kelly, that is such a great show! The way they are filmed and edited is spectacular. We love all Chef’s Table shows but the pizza series is wonderful. We savor each show only watching one a week as they are done and then we are left with withdrawals! Lol. We especially enjoyed the second show when they featured Bonci in Rome. We hiked all over the Vatican in 100° heat looking for it 10 years ago and with no lines, got our pizza “slice” and ate outside. It was delicious. His story is very interesting as they all are. Enjoy the weekend!

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      September 23, 2022 at 10:56 am

      Hi Monique, I really enjoyed the Bonci episode too. How cool you made a pilgrimage to his shop for a slice! I would love to do that for all the Italian shops and chefs they featured. I know what you mean about watching the episodes too quickly. I am so bummed when I’ve seen them all. But usually, I just go back and watch them again; I always see or hear something I missed before. You know what I didn’t like with this series, is that they dubbed some of the episodes. I think dubbing messes it up, but that aside, the production quality is beautiful, as usual. Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend. xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Mari
    September 23, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    Well I missed that series and it looks like a good one. I like it when chefs are celebrities and people appreciate them. Clearly they enjoy it too! I also like the idea of a bare bones pizza as opposed to the kind I usually make, called with everything but the kitchen sink pizza. Sometimes it’s good to get back to basics, to remind us of what something should taste like. Today was I WOKE up too early, a doctor’s appointments, and I don’t have a clue day. With no brain cells to spare for Stump The Chef. We transition to AsK The Chef, the Either Or Edition.
    1). Which was harder: Trigonometry or Physics?
    2). Motörhead or Led Zeppelin?
    3). Trapped in a fairy tale. The Wicked Wolf or the Beast?
    4). Most annoying spam. Phone or Online?
    5). Steve Perry orSteve Miller
    6). Most anticipated show that turned out to be a soul crushing disappointment? Loki or Rings Of Power?
    7). Fuchsia or Turquoise”
    8) World’s most beautiful people? Iran or India?
    9). 80 foot high roller coaster or 50 miles an hour Ferris Wheel?
    10). Paula Dean or Mary Berry?
    11). Most annoying publication. The Daily Mail or The National Enquirer?
    12). You have to move. You have two choices. An underground bomb shelter or a perfectly round futuristic home that looks like a flying saucer. Which one would you choose?
    13). Dress like a celebrity day. Which would be more fun? Gwen Stefani or Lizzo?
    14). Vacation paradise. Tybee Island or the Bahamas?
    15). The world’s most wonderful man. This is an easy one for you. You’re welcome. 😊
    16). Smart or sexy? Which is best? (If you pick the right one you get both!)
    17). Woody Woodpecker or Donald Duck?
    18). Fall or Spring?
    19). Harry Potter or The School For Good And Evil?
    20). Most overhyped ingredient. Chocolate chips or Pumpkin?

    Sunshine and 50 today. With a jacket it would have been a perfect day! Happy FrolickingFriday to Kelly, Alex, Terry and the dogs of war. Terry And The dogs of War is my pick for indie garage band of the year. Have a great weekend. ☀️💨🤨

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      September 23, 2022 at 3:15 pm

      Hi Mari, Happy Friday! This is a fun one!
      1). Which was harder: Trigonometry or Physics?
      Both? I didn’t take either. Lol. Physics is more interesting to me.
      2). Motörhead or Led Zeppelin?
      Led Zeppelin
      3). Trapped in a fairy tale. The Wicked Wolf or the Beast?
      The Beast
      4). Most annoying spam. Phone or Online?
      Phone
      5). Steve Perry or Steve Miller
      Steve Miller
      6). Most anticipated show that turned out to be a soul crushing disappointment? Loki or Rings Of Power?
      Rings of Power
      7). Fuchsia or Turquoise”
      Tough one! Turquoise
      8) World’s most beautiful people? Iran or India?
      India. Although since my husband is Iranian…
      9). 80 foot high roller coaster or 50 miles an hour Ferris Wheel?
      Roller Coaster
      10). Paula Dean or Mary Berry?
      Mary Berry, of course
      11). Most annoying publication. The Daily Mail or The National Enquirer?
      Daily Mail
      12). You have to move. You have two choices. An underground bomb shelter or a perfectly round futuristic home that looks like a flying saucer. Which one would you choose?
      Flying Saucer House
      13). Dress like a celebrity day. Which would be more fun? Gwen Stefani or Lizzo?
      Gwen Stefani
      14). Vacation paradise. Tybee Island or the Bahamas?
      Tybee is home away from home, so maybe the Bahamas since I have never been there.
      15). The world’s most wonderful man. This is an easy one for you. You’re welcome. 😊
      Alex Djalali
      16). Smart or sexy? Which is best? (If you pick the right one you get both!)
      Smart
      17). Woody Woodpecker or Donald Duck?
      Donald Duck
      18). Fall or Spring?
      Spring
      19). Harry Potter or The School For Good And Evil?
      Harry Potter
      20). Most overhyped ingredient. Chocolate chips or Pumpkin?
      Chocolate Chips

      Have a great weekend, Mari! xo Kelly

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