Thursday, October 21, 2010

Science Fiction Double Feature

You know what my favorite thing about October is? Free scary movies. I love horror movies. So, last night, Alex and I decided to have a double feature, movie and pizza, week day, date night and take advantage of all that free carnage on Netflix Watch Instantly.

We started with Paranormal Activity, and then, decided to go campy with The Rocky Horror Picture show. Paranormal Activity was terrifyingly fantastic. Not your average blood and guts, slasher flick, Paranormal Activity is a demonic, Hitchcockesque, thriller. It was so scary. I had trouble sleeping afterward. Rocky Horror is a favorite of mine, but not so for Alex. He described it as "Beetlejuice with singing," which is not super high praise.

The pizza turned out delicious too. I've never made pizza dough before because it is so easy to buy the ready made kind. But, it is way cheaper to make your own, and easy now that I found a good recipe that doesn't require hours of waiting for the dough to rise. The pesto was a great too, thanks to Catie who brought me a stash of basil from her Somerville Community Garden.

Quick and Easy Pesto Pizza (inspired by Little Birdie Secrets and Simply Recipes)
  • 1 16-inch pizza crust
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese (I grated up some left over cotswold, mahon, manchego, and mozzarella)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (120-130 degrees)
  • 1/2-1 tablespoon olive oil
  • cornmeal, for sprinkling
  • 1/2 cup basil
  • 2 Tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt


Start with the crust! Mix flour, sugar, salt, and yeast together in a mixing bowl. Add water and olive oil and stir till a ball of dough is formed. With a mixer or on a floured surface, knead dough for 10 minutes. Place dough in a medium mixing bowl that has been sprayed with cooking spray or coated in olive oil. Cover with a dish towel and let sit for 30 minutes.

Then whip up your pesto. Place basil leaves and pine nuts in your food processor or magic bullet. Pulse till combined. Add garlic and pulse till combined. Add olive oil and salt and blend.

Slice tomatoes and your grate cheese. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Dust pizza stone or baking sheet with cornmeal. Remove your pizza dough from the mixing bowl and stretch to desired thickness.

Place pizza crust in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove and top with pesto and tomatoes.

Add cheese to cover.

Bake at 500 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Slice, serve, and enjoy!


  1. woah, that crust looks AWESOME. I could really go for some of that pizza right now! We love making pizza at home - but I skip the scary movies, as you know ;)

  2. ha. thanks! there are leftovers in my fridge. you've got keys. swing by and grab some lunch!