Friday, June 3, 2011

Three teenage girls learn a lot about life, love and pizza in this iconic coming-of-age story that launched the career of Oscar winning actress Julia Roberts. Roberts plays Daisy Arujo, a rebelious teenage girl who works at a pizza parlor in Mystic, Connecticut alonside her sister Kat (played by Annabeth Gish) and friend, Jojo (played by Lili Taylor).

Mystic Pizza plays a central role in each girls life as the home-base for conversations and confrontations, laughter and tears and of course, mouthwatering pizza.

Each girl faces relationship turmoil, mainly due to the class distinctions within Mystic between the working-class Portuguese families and the other residents of the town. But no matter how bad their day, they always have Mystic Pizza to come home to.

There's no way you can watch this movie without making your own version of the movie's title. Our Yumologists have come up with the following recipe that we think is worthy of being called Mystic - take a look!

Yumology's Mystic Pizza

1 pre-packaged pizza dough (if you visit your local parlor, they may give you one ready to roll)

Tomato Sauce
1/2 cup of olive oil
1 tin of tomato paste
1 tin of crushed tomatoes
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp red chilie powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt

1/2 lb sliced fresh mozarella
1/4 cup shaved parmesean

1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 lb of diced pancetta

  • First things first - prep the tomato sauce: Add the crushed tomatoes to a pan and simmer over med. heat. Add the spices and the tomato paste until the thickness of the sauce is to your liking, and will not make the pizza soggy
  • Roll out your chilled dough on a floured counter-top
  • Bruch olive oil over the top of the dough
  • Spread the tomato sauce over the pizza dough leaving a 1 inch crust around the edge
  • Add the basil leaves on top of the tomato sauce in a swirled pattern
  • Layer the pancetta on top the basil leaves
  • Now sprinkle the cheese over the top of the entire pizza
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 mins until crust is golden brown around the edges and the pancetta is fully cooked
  • Drizzle a thin layer of olive oil over the top of the pizza and enjoy!
Here's a taste of Mystic Pizza:



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