My camera resets it’s clock every time I turn it on. On July 28th, 2013, the California State Fair was closing up after a few weeks of fair food and fun. I volunteered to cook a homemade BBQ Shrimp pizza from scratch in the cooking demo held by Miss Asia Sacramento, but the cooking demo was sponsored by SaveMart.
I lovely assistant in the photos is Giselle Cabebe the 2nd Princess of Miss Teen Asia Sacramento 2013-2014. It was a pleasure working with her, even though her head kept crashing into the ceramic jalapenos to her right.
Back stage, we were gathering all of the tools we need such as measuring cups, pans, bowls, a rolling pin, and the ingredients. When we got the cheese, it was a log and Giselle had to grate all of the cheese. We chopped the scallions in the back and chopped some garlic.
We went on the kitchen stage and started making the dough. After we kneaded the dough, we had to wait for it to rise for a little bit. While it rose, I decided to peel and chop more garlic. The announcer guy asked me how to get rid of the smell of garlic on your hands. I felt a little embarrassed because I didn’t know. I don’t really mind the smell of garlic on my hands. In fact, I kind of like the smell of garlic. The method is lemon juice, but I thought if you had a cut on your hands that would hurt.
They didn’t have a circular pan pizza, so we had to use a square pan. It was very difficult to roll out the dough because the rolling pin didn’t reach far enough down the pan. The final pizza had a very thick bottom crust. At this point, I decided to warm up the oven at 350degrees. After I rolled out the dough to fit the pan and roll the crust part, I took a brush and wiped a thin layer of BBQ sauce in the dough then we added the shrimp, scallions, and cilantro. After we placed all of the toppings, Giselle put the entire grated cheese log on top of the pizza. Then we put it in the oven and waited for the crust to brown or the cheese to burn.
When we took the pizza out of the oven, the cheese melted into a pool on top of the pizza. As you can see from a photo above, the pizza was very cheesy. After making sure all the children got a slice of pizza, Giselle helped me hand out some samples to the audience.
Below is what you need to make a BBQ Pizza
1 tsp of yeast
2/3 cups of warm water
1 tsp of sugar
1 tsp Olive Oil
1/2 tsp of salt
2 cups of flour
TOPPINGS (whatever you wish)
Mix the yeast and sugar with the water until the yeast and sugar dissolve. Add the salt and olive oil and mix. Add the flour in small amounts until 2 cups of flour are in the dough. Knead the dough, remember to flatten and fold the dough to create a fluffy texture when it rises. Let the dough rise, the longer the better. Roll out the dough to fit your cooking pan, and then add toppings.
Personally, I enjoy using real tomatoes rather than tomato sauce/paste. If you use BBQ sauce, you don’t need to add tomato paste or tomatoes unless you want to. That is the glory of a homemade pizza from scratch, everything is customized to your liking.