Hello and welcome! Today I am celebrating my 45th trip around the sun. While it’s a little weird to wrap my head around how fast time goes by, I am super-happy to be square in the middle of my 40’s. Life feels settled; I have a wonderful husband, we have our fur-kids, I feel normal in my skin and I have the privilege to do what I love every day – cooking and sharing my ideas with you. And as Djalali Cooks approaches its one year anniversary, I thought today might be a good day to scroll back through the archives and select a few of my favorite pizzas from the last year. So, let’s do this Pizza and a Movie Round Up!
In No Particular Order…
You Say Potato
This pizza is near and dear to my heart. The signature pizza from my alma mater, Escape From New York Pizza in San Francisco, You Say Potato has a pesto base with roasted potatoes and whole roasted garlic cloves. This is an incredibly simple pizza with flavor that will knock your socks off!
Quattro Formaggi – Four Cheese Pizza
Hard to not to love the simplicity of a four cheese pizza. A rich and savory blend of Mozzarella, Fontina, Gruyere and Blue Cheese. I have swapped the traditional Parmesan for Gruyere and I am not at all sorry! Gruyere’s nuttiness is milder than the Parmesan’s sharpness and Gruyere melts like a dream! Fresh cracked black pepper and thyme leaves are all the dressing-up this pizza needs to be a rockstar!
Bresaola and Arugula Salad Pizza
Beef Prosciutto, also known as Bresaola, with thick fresh mozzarella; topped with a savory and punchy arugula salad. Bresaola is cured beef from the Lombardi region of Italy. It has a slightly sweeter flavor than a pork prosciutto and this sweeter, mustier flavor goes so well with the fresh peppery flavor of the arugula, the acidic vinaigrette and the preserved lemon, tarragon and shallots in the salad. I do love an arugula salad on top of my pizza!
This pizza is a bit of a mashup, really. I have done Mexican-style pizzas with chorizo and corn before, but this pizza is on a whole other level. It started with the leftover Esquites we made earlier in the week. I was enjoying that salad when an idea struck. Put the Esquites on pizza. YES! How on earth could that not be delicious? Perhaps needless to say, but I will say it anyway – this pizza is genius.
Mississippi Pot Roast Pizza
This is actually Alex’s favorite pizza of 2021. He still keeps talking about it. Like the Esquites Pizza, this was born of leftovers. Because as we do here at the Djalali House, we challenge ourselves to make something new with leftovers…and well, the easy answer to that challenge is always to put it on a pizza, because it never fails.
Mushroom Shishito Pepper Pizza
This has to be one of the most unique and delicious pizzas I have ever come up with. Asian flavors; mushrooms and shishito peppers sautéd with soy sauce and rice vinegar, topped with Fly By Jing Chili Crisp and fresh scallions. I hope it sounds more intriguing than weird to you, because this pizza kinda blew our minds. It definitely makes the cut for favorite pizzas of 2021.
High Ridge Hot Honey Pizza
This pizza might look simple with its sausage and pepperoni, mozzarella and hot honey…but wait, there’s that fresh tarragon…and this is where it all gets really interesting. The hot Italian sausage has fennel seeds in it, that fennel plus the fresh tarragon is the backbone of this pizza. Spiciness is brought forward from the sausage and hot honey, but then the sweetness from the honey comes through. Herbaceous, sweet, savory and spicy all in one bite with rich fresh mozzarella and crunchy, pillowy dough. This might be my favorite pizza of the Pizza and a Movie Round Up…but it’s hard to choose a single favorite!
Pizza and a Movie Round Up
Well, I hope you enjoyed going back through the archives with me today to see my favorite pizzas from Pizza and a Movie so far this year. Djalali Cooks turns one year old on November 7 and I just want to say thank you for all your support this year; it means the world to me. I genuinely cannot do this without you – THANK YOU. ❤️ xo Kelly