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To Kill a Mockingcurd

 

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It’s a simple fact that fresh Mozzarella is the number-one melting paradise on any pizza. In fact, mozzarella is to pizza what leprosy is to diseases…or Jack the Ripper is to serial killers, bad analogies? Maybe, but using cheese that you have fabricated with your own hands shouldn’t be a scary task.

Melting mozzarella from curd takes the seemingly simple endeavor of making a pizza to the next culinary level.  This old-school method is seldom used in these days of corporate cheese manufacturing but taking the time to craft mozzarella makes a pizza very personal. This is the level of the long-ago craftsman who took pride and responsibility in cooking and operated with the gratification that every aspect of their pizza was simple and perfect!

There is a big difference between making fresh mozzarella and using pre-made mozzarella. The melt on any pizza is more buttery with a tinge of yellow you can’t get with corporate mozzarella which tends to leach out a milky sputum over a pizza when cooked with high heat.

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Now, it seems as though everyone has their own method to melt mozzarella from fresh curd but I rely on what an old Italian guy named Giuseppe showed me on the cliffs of Positano, Italy in 2011. It is a simple and straightforward way whose only tenant is, “Be patient, let the curd melt itself”. This has worked for me, so I stick with it.

Some mozzarella-melters take the slow method of heating the curd with hotter and hotter water while pulling and stretching over and over. I use a simpler method of holding smallish pieces on my pizza ovens until just warmer than room temp, (78-85 degrees) then pouring the hot, salty water over them as you can see in this video.

And here’s the Pizza I made with this mozzarella. Please forgive the abruptness of the starts and finishes, we were in the middle of service at the time.

I hope you get the time to make fresh mozzarella. It’s a great experience!

Why did Chicken Skin Pizza Cross the Road?

To get to the land of Pizza Innovation up on madness street!

Actually, I’ve had many people asking me to make an ultra crispy, thin-crust, non-gluten pie with vegetarian toppings on it so here it is!

Now before you leave and think I am (totally) insane, I gotta tell you that this pizza is the BOMB! Crunchy chicken to the core followed by creamy cumin and a hint of acid with garlic and the savory crunch of pine nuts.

I first started this train of thought because of all the local chicken I use for my pizzeria. I get it from King Family farms of Albany, Ohio as well as all natural ground pork for our house-made Italian sausage. After roasting, the chicken skin is taken off and we have been fond of making chicken crispies. So there it is, lets make this bad boy.

Roast several chickens and take the chicken skin off of them.

   

Place in a round pizza circle on parchment paper, overlapping as you go. Place parchment paper on top of the chicken skin then place several other same sized trays on top of the chicken skin tray. You can also use a brick as long as it is something to flatten the skin as it cooks.

 

Cook at 475 to 500 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes until crisp and just past golden brown. Pick up to test for crispness and set aside to cool.

   

Mix the ricotta, lemon and cumin seed in a bowl then brush the sauce on the cooled chicken skin crust. Place the provolone and garlic cloves on the pizza, then the pine nuts.

 

Place pizza back in the hot oven for only 10 to 12 minutes to only melt the cheese, (longer if you have to). Pull from the oven and top with fresh cilantro and crunch you way to chicken paradise!