So Parker’s 9th birthday party sleepover this past weekend was a huge success.
The cake was a bit rough around the edges. The frosting didn’t behave as it was supposed to, so my “waves” looked more like smears. But in the end, all that mattered was that Parker liked it. So all good.
These birthday parties always remind me how smelly, high-energy and generally gross boys this age can be. Glad to have just one of my own. But everyone was very well behaved — and all were asleep by 10:45 p.m. The biggest miracle? They slept until 8 a.m.
By dinner last night we were pretty exhausted. So when Parker asked for his favorite pizza, I was happy to comply. I’d bought dough and toppings so that all the boys could design their own for dinner during his party. But I had extra, so Sunday’s dinner was simple.
Parker’s favorite pizza? Candied bacon (of course), cheese and a drizzle of maple syrup. It sounds odd, I know. But it’s so delicious. Like breakfast, on a pizza.
I did it on the grill, which adds such a wonderful flavor to pizza, no matter what toppings you use. Pizza on the grill does require a special approach, though it’s hardly difficult. And it is very fast.
It works like this — roll out your dough and lightly oil one side. Pop it on the grill directly on the grates. In a couple minutes it will be puffed and nicely browned on the bottom, but still kind of raw at the center and top.
Remove it from the grill and flip over. Now top it (on the grilled side) with whatever you want. The only caveat — it will cook very quickly on the grill, so any toppings should be mostly cooked before they go on the pizza. Now return the pizza to the grill, lower the heat to low, cover the grill and cook until the bottom is browned and the cheese is nicely melted.
Here’s our pizza last night. And leftovers made a fine lunch today.
By the way, to make this pizza even better I sometimes crack an egg in the center when I return it to the grill. Let it cook until just runny. Delicious!
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