Wednesday, October 30, 2013

IPA Pizza Bites

Happy 30th Birthday to my buddy, Jess!! And no, I am not talking to myself here, I just so happen to share my name with my bestie!

In honor of her big birthday today, I recreated a memorable dish that we shared in San Francisco during our trip this bites!!

IPA Pizza Bites

Jess and I share a common palate, one for fine foods and wines...well, most of the time. This quickly changed when she introduced me to the pizza bites at Russian River Brewing Company. They incorporate the beer in the pizza dough. Life changing!! 

Needless to say, we threw our "refined" palates out the door for some good ole' fashioned pizza and beer. However, recently I have felt that beer is just as versatile as wine, especially with microbreweries popping up everywhere and restaurants staring beer in their recipes. 

IPA Pizza Bites

I took a few short cuts for this recipe since I am not much of a baker and can honestly say that I have NEVER made bread from scratch. So, I purchased the pre-made pizza dough from Trader Joe's, brushed a little IPA-goodness on top and loader 'er up with cheese and herbs. 

Voila....IPA pizza bites! 

Happy Birthday Jess, wish we were there to celebrate with you :)

IPA Pizza Bites

Yields: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12-15 minutes

Pre-made pizza dough (I like to use Trader Joe's)
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup IPA beer
1 cup mozzarella, shredded
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Preheat the oven to 450F and place a pizza stone in the oven to warm up.

On a clean, dry surface, liberally sprinkle out flour and roll out the dough to desired size. Move the dough to a pizza peel if you have one. Brush the IPA all over the dough, don't be shy!

Spread both cheese on top of the dough and sprinkle seasonings and garlic powder. Transfer the pizza to the hot pizza stone and bake for 12-15 minutes until the cheese starts to bubble and brown a bit.

Cut into bites and serve with your favorite marinara immediately.

IPA Pizza Bites

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