The Perfect Pizza Night

Growing up, I wanted to do whatever my big brother did. He was and still is one of my most favorite people in the whole entire world. I can thank him for my taste in music, from our car rides to school in the mornings listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers, O.A.R., and State Radio. I can also thank him for my love of video games. In high school, he let me hang out all the time with his friends. He would have about 10 guys over every weekend with their TVs and Xbox 360s and we would play games like Halo and Call of Duty till 5 in the morning. Those were some of the best nights of my life. I never had as much fun as I did those nights. Even years after, when all the guys went their separate ways to different colleges, they still came over Thanksgiving weekend and we would all play for one night with our tradition of turkey sandwiches.

Now that we are all grown up and have children, I think it’s the most exciting thing in the world when my brother and me plan a video game night. This weekend his wife and girls were in Florida visiting her family, so we decided to have a video game and pizza night. It turned out to be the perfect pizza night.

We had three TVs in our living room and decided to unite in the kitchen. In this situation, I was more his sous chef. I cook with intuition, and the natural abilities passed down by the many cooks in my family. Kyle enjoys the science and precision of cooking. So his talents are perfect for making pizza, which requires precise measurements. We have made a delicious pizza together before that was my brainchild with his dough and cooking skills.

Fried calamari pizza with roasted tomato sauce, a lemony-yogurt drizzle, banana peppers, cheese, and parsley.

This weekend, I was just Kyle’s humble sous chef. He brought the homemade sauce, his brand new wood-fire pizza oven, and his fancy flour for his homemade dough. He came over a little after 1 p.m., and we got started on the dough. He measure everything precisely by grams and we used my Kitchen-Aid stand mixer to knead the dough. We let it rise for almost three hours and then Kyle went to work measuring and forming little dough balls.

When the dough balls rose after about 20 minutes Kyle got to work forming his pizzas.

After that, Kyle put his homemade sauce and fresh mozzarella on it to make a Margherita pizza. He put it in his Ooni Pizza Oven, and it cooked it in less then two minutes. It turned out amazing. He came up with the most amazing crust. That was crispy, dense, but light and airy if that’s even possible. I don’t want to boost his ego, but it was probably the best pizza dough I’ve ever had. His pizza oven gets a huge assist for the amazing pizza we had. If you like pizza and cook it at home, you need one in your life.

I can’t wait to experience more of Kyle’s yummy pizza and get creative with the toppings. We had a wonderful night hanging out, eating great food, and gaming like the good ole’ days.

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