Monday, August 22, 2005

more on pizza

". . .pizza hut has come up with the 2,240-calorie full house xl pizza."

naturally when i read this, i was shocked. certainly my home-made pizza, which i'm sure tastes much better than any fast food thing, had to be also healthier than that!

so i ran over to the usda food database and did some calculating. my crust recipe, based on 11.5 oz. flour, 1 tablespoon oil, 2 teaspoons sugar, etc. comes out to about 675 calories per 12" crust.

my sauce recipe, based on 2 lb. canned san marzano tomatoes, 3 tablespoons oil, 3 tablespoons wine, etc., comes out to 81 calories in the amount i use to cover that whole 12" crust. the fresh mozzarella, of which each 12" crust gets about 2 oz., comes out at 170 calories.

the frelkins pepperoni pizzathus my 12" home-made pizza, including the olive oil i drizzle on top, clocks in somewhere at about 975 calories for an entire pie. once a week, i eat half of such a pizza; mr. right eats a whole one.

it's important to note that the above fast-food object is a 16" pie loaded with pepperoni. ok, so often mr. right asks for pepperoni on his.

i use 1-1/2 oz. of the best pepperoni i can get my hands on; the food database tells me that adds about 190 calories for mr. right, for a total of 1,165 in his sunday night pizza party.

or just a little more than half of what the fast food object is pushing. in short, for close to the same number of calories, you can get 8" of fast food, or 12" of my home-made, prepared with the tastiest, finest and freshest ingredients i can get my hands on.

just another reason to consider making your weekly pizza indulgence at home!

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