Costa Rican Pizza – Homemade
So, I have been the biggest blogging slacker in the past, gosh, 6 months since the last entry. And I have already had a pizza-related post, but I have moved to San José, Costa Rica and am picking things back up to show where to find cheap food here.
You may imagine that there would be a lot of cheap food in Costa Rica, but my husband and I are having a tough time finding it. Food here is expensive! As well as a lot of other things. But, we are trying to follow the lead of the locals, but unfortunately that means a lot of beans and rice. I mean, I do like gallo pinto on occasion, but I need variety.
We have put ourselves back on a budget since getting married and moving down here, but we are having a tough time with groceries and eating out. We both love cheese and it costs a mint down here. So, this weekend we decided to tackle some new recipes for cheap homemade dinners and, with my husband’s Italian background, decided to try our hands at making pizza from scratch. So, I helped with the sauce while Jonathan worked on the dough. There is a lot of waiting with pizza dough, but after kneading it, letting it rise, kneading, and letting it rise, it was ready for the oven.
With our past experiences with Trader Joe’s pizza dough, we decided to pre-cook the dough a little before saucing and topping the little beast. Well, the pizza turned out great, minus the hard crust from over-cooking it. But, we’ll know for next time. Only pre-cook for 3ish minutes. This is definitely going to be a regular meal for us, so we can perfect the dough. Overall, each pizza (we divided the dough into two individual pizzas) cost about a buck each (or 500 colones). Buen Provecho!