The classic Pizza Margherita…. In a skillet! This lip-smacking thin crust pizza is adorned with a quick homemade tomato sauce, chewy mozzarella cheese combined with a bit of nutty Parmesan, fresh basil, and grape tomatoes. Pizza night  just got tastier!

The classic Pizza Margherita.... In a skillet! This lip-smacking thin crust pizza is adorned with a quick homemade tomato sauce, chewy mozzarella cheese combined with a bit of nutty Parmesan, fresh basil, and grape tomatoes. Pizza night  just got tastier! www.mind-over-batter.com

I am so easily distracted.

Easily.

Like puppy dog when squirrel passes by it, distracted.

All the time.

Let’s say I’m getting ready for my shower and I need a fresh towel. Our laundry room is in the basement.

I head down to the basement intent on quickly grabbing a towel for my shower.

Quickly, because I have something cooking on the stove.

And as I walk down the stairs no less than 24 thoughts invade my brain, firing in succession at rapid speed:

The classic Pizza Margherita.... In a skillet! This lip-smacking thin crust pizza is adorned with a quick homemade tomato sauce, chewy mozzarella cheese combined with a bit of nutty Parmesan, fresh basil, and grape tomatoes. Pizza night  just got tastier! www.mind-over-batter.com

“Oh, damn – I have to sign that syllabus (one of my son’s classes)”

*starts heading upstairs*

“No, no – Shit – Not now! Get the damn towel!”

*turns back around, heads downstairs*

“*Sigh* I’m missing those tiny cast iron skillets. I’ve been searching for weeks. Where the hell are they?!”

“Funny how I found that small madeleine pan and lost those skillets. There’s a word for that. I read it in the Berenstain Bears once as a kid”

“Look up Berenstain Bears stories.”

“Oh, look! My mini Bundt pans! I should make mini bundt cakes.”

“I’m in the mood for peanut butter cups.”

“Ugh. I’m so jiggly. So glad I don’t own a full length mirror. My thighs feel like Jell-O.”

“Why don’t I work out more? Oh, that’s right. I hate exercise”

“I shouldn’t have eaten those cookies.”

“Great, now I feel guilty”

“I need more glass bottles.”

“Should I make scented soy candles for Christmas?”

“OMG – It’s September!”

“Shit! Look at all this laundry!”

“These kids wear uniforms – Why the HELL do we have SO MANY clothes?”

The classic Pizza Margherita.... In a skillet! This lip-smacking thin crust pizza is adorned with a quick homemade tomato sauce, chewy mozzarella cheese combined with a bit of nutty Parmesan, fresh basil, and grape tomatoes. Pizza night  just got tastier! www.mind-over-batter.com

“I have to do a load. I can’t even look at this anymore.”

*Sorts clothes*

“OK. Dark load… Laundry detergent… Fabric softener…Quick wash… Start”

“Whites are next.”

*Sorts whites*

“I need Clorox.”

“Shit, I’m out of Clorox!”

“How can I whiten whites naturally? Don’t forget… Don’t forget… Commit it to long term memory… Don’t forget.”

“I need to clean this shelf (where I store my baking pans). Damn shelf is a hot mess”

*starts to organize shelf*

“I wonder if I can move my blog props down here.”

“This basement is out of control. I need to call 1-800-GOT-JUNK to get rid of all this shit. I’m not even going to think about it. We don’t need this crap anyway.”

“Why do we have club sized audio speakers down here?! It’s not 1996!”

“Oh, fuck – What’s burning?!”

*Runs upstairs.*

 *Forgets towel*

The classic Pizza Margherita.... In a skillet! This lip-smacking thin crust pizza is adorned with a quick homemade tomato sauce, chewy mozzarella cheese combined with a bit of nutty Parmesan, fresh basil, and grape tomatoes. Pizza night  just got tastier! www.mind-over-batter.com

I suppose you can argue that I think too much. You know how some people multi-task? I multi-think. And then I forget things because as I multi-think, I also multi-task. I need calm. In my brain, my actions. This is why I make pizza and bread dough by hand. It allows my mind to wander and gives my hands something to do. I don’t stop mid-knead. Kneading dough by hand is one of life’s pleasures. Try it.

Now flow with me, let’s talk about this Skillet Margherita Pizza.

The classic Pizza Margherita.... In a skillet! This lip-smacking thin crust pizza is adorned with a quick homemade tomato sauce, chewy mozzarella cheese combined with a bit of nutty Parmesan, fresh basil, and grape tomatoes. Pizza night  just got tastier! www.mind-over-batter.com

I promised I’d make more pizza and here it is, the re-introductory voyage to a delicious pizza-licious season.

Margherita Pizza boasts simple ingredients that when cooked together make one of the most delicious dishes.

Pizza dough, kneaded by hand and thinly stretched inside a cast iron skillet. The cast iron skillet provides that delectable crunch we crave of thin-crust pizzas.

I prebake pizza dough. It’s an old habit. Believe it or not, back in the day my tomato sauces would turn my crusts soggy.

I made a simple tomato sauce with canned tomatoes and fresh aromatics – Onions, garlic cloves, and herbs.

The classic Pizza Margherita.... In a skillet! This lip-smacking thin crust pizza is adorned with a quick homemade tomato sauce, chewy mozzarella cheese combined with a bit of nutty Parmesan, fresh basil, and grape tomatoes. Pizza night  just got tastier! www.mind-over-batter.com

Cheese – Chewy, stringy mozzarella with a bit of nutty Parmesan.

This pizza is scattered with fresh basil leaves and halved grape tomatoes. The skillet is placed in the oven and allowed to bake over high heat allowing the crust to brown and the cheese to melt.

The aroma of multiple spices, herbs, and cheeses wafting from the oven is intoxicating.

Margherita Pizza is thin-crust perfection.

Crunchy, chewy, nutty.

The weekend is approaching.

Calm your brain.

Make a pizza.

The classic Pizza Margherita.... In a skillet! This lip-smacking thin crust pizza is adorned with a quick homemade tomato sauce, chewy mozzarella cheese combined with a bit of nutty Parmesan, fresh basil, and grape tomatoes. Pizza night  just got tastier! www.mind-over-batter.com

 

 

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