Movie night: Junk Food included!

16 Mar

Last weekend I thought it would be cool to have a night in with the boyfriend and watch movies. I also thought it would be a good idea to make all sorts of junk food, because who doesn’t love pigging out with a good movie? On the menu was pepperoni and chorizo pizza, garlic spinach deep dish pizza with a cheese sauce, fried pickles,  mozarella sticks, jalapeño chips and finally for dessert root beer floats!

Now this night didn’t run as smoothly as planned. At first the plan was to buy dough at the pizza place close to my house but when we got there they told us they don’t sell just the dough anymore, second plan was to go to the grocery store conveniently located across the street but like I said in my last post the dough had to defrost for 24 hours SO in the end we put our culinary education to good use and made our own dough!

Pizza dough is pretty simple to make and doesn’t require too many ingredients. It’s basically flour, warm water, dry active yeast, All Purpose flour (or bread flour), olive oil and sugar. The somewhat tricky part is that you have to let the dough rise in a proofer or in our case we preheated the oven to 350 and then when it came time to put the dough in we turned the oven off  with bowl full of snow (we didn’t have ice and needed to improvise.. so why not make use of all that white stuff in the backyard?). The purpose of ice (or in our case snow) is so that there’s steam circulating

We started the night off with the mozarella sticks (well technically with the chips cause we couldn’t resist them)


This was before frying them. We took mozarella sticks (like the peelable ones) cut them in half and stuck them in the freezer. After they were in the freezer for a bit we battered them by first dipping them in eggs and then into bread crumbs then we repeated those steps to get a double batter. We had the oil s bit high when frying them so they colored fast and it didn’t give the cheese time to melt.

The next thing we made were the fried pickles.


Not our best attempt at fried pickles. We cut the pickles then seasoned them with cayenne pepper and tossed them in flour.. we didn’t fry them right after flouring them so they kind of became goopy? (that might not be the best word to describe it) When we began frying them they didn’t want to cooperate but in the end they were still pretty tasty.

Now onto to main event…. PIZZA


This is the deep dish filled with spinach, and a garlic cheese sauce. To make the cheese sauce you need milk and cornstarch as well as garlic. For every cup of milk you use you need a tablespoon of cornstarch. Heat the milk in a sauce pot and add crushed garlic (use as much as you see necessary) and cornstarch then you need to mix it constantly until it gets thick. Once it’s at the right consistency you can either strain it to get out the garlic or leave the garlic in. We used a cake pan in order to make this a deep dish. We put in the dough and made sure the crust went up the sides and then we added our cheese sauce, spinach and then shredded mozarella and provolone. Don’t forget that you need to oil the pan and put cornemal so that the dough doesn’t stick. Then bake at 425f for about 20 – 25 minutes or depending on the thickness.

Now onto pizza numero deux.


Here we have a peperoni and chorizo pizza with a tomato sauce. This one was made on a pizza stone and like the first one bakes at 425 for 20-25 minutes or until it becomes crispy on the edges. On this pizza is pepperoni, chorizo and a mix of cheese (provolone, mozarella, cheddar and a bit of swiss) You can’t go wrong with this pizza. It was so good!

Last but not least dessert… I don’t know how we managed to get this down after all the other food but we did.


Root beer float in my favorite cup!


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