SLOW COOKER PIZZA – an experiment
Here’s an interesting way to get your pizza fix. Use your slow cooker. I made up a batch of my one and only pizza dough (recipe here) and laid it out nicely in the bottom of the slow cooker pot.
Next, came the toppings. I kept this one simple with spicy sausage, caramelized onion and lots of cheese.
Then I put the lid on loosely over a tea towel, set cooking time on high for four hours and walked away….hoping there would be edible pizza for supper.
Surprise, surprise! It worked! It was more than just edible. It was delicious.
I was surprised at how well it turned out. Predictably, the crust wasn’t the crispy on the outside results we’re used to but it was well cooked through, chewy and very tasty. Would I make it again? I guess the answer would have to be: it depends. Are there other options? On the boat, yes…the bbq grill with the small pizza stones makes a better result in a fraction of the time. But if the weather is bad, who wants to to be out in a storm firing up the grill, so in this case, yes. Slow cooking could be an alternative. Another issue is electricity. We do have a generator for when we aren’t hooked up to shore power but would we want to run the generator for 4 hours? Unlikely. After all of this ruminating, my conclusion would be that this gives us yet another option should we be craving pizza, in a storm, hooked up to shore power. In my land galley, it becomes a more attractive option because I could set it to cook and go about doing other things for four hours. Now, that option I like and it’s why I love the versatility of my slow cooker.
- 1 recipe for pizza dough
- 2 spicy Italian sausage links (gives you about 1 cup cooked meat)
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cup of your favourite pizza cheese (I used a combination of parmesan, gruyere and mozzarella)
- Seasonings of choice (I used dried chilis, thyme, ground pepper and oregano)
- Olive oil for cooking and for drizzling
- Corn meal (2-3 tbsp)
- Sprinkle corn meal lightly in bottom of slow cooker pot.
- Roll out dough about 2" larger than cooking pot bottom
- Place dough in pot, sprinkle lightly with more corn meal and press dough up the sides, about 2".
- Add minced garlic to about 1 tbsp olive oil and brush on the dough generously.
- Sprinkle half of the cheese over the dough.
- In sauté pan cook onion in butter until nicely caramelized.
- Remove sausage from casings and brown in same pan as onions, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon as it browns.
- Spoon the onion sausage mixture over the layer of cheese.
- Sprinkle with seasonings of choice
- Top with remaining cheese.
- Drape a tea towel over the cooker and place lid over towel.
- Set cooker on high for 4 hours.
- Lift the pizza from cooker with a spatula, drizzle with olive oil, slice and serve.