Wednesday, June 24, 2009

HomeMade Pizza

Update: The contest is now closed, we'll announce the winners tomorrow night!

A few weeks ago we were contacted by HomeMade Pizza, a "take 'n bake" style pizza restaurant on Grand Ave. in Saint Paul (they also have locations in Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, and Wayzata). They wanted to give us some gift cards to give away to our readers, as part of a contest of sorts. This seemed like a pretty good deal, and I have no problem giving away free stuff to people, so we agreed :)

We had never had HomeMade pizza, and they offered to give us a couple pizzas to try out before we had the contest. We wanted to make sure we weren't giving away gift certificates for crappy pizza! While this isn't like our typical review of a sit-down restaurant, it is still in the spirit of trying new places, so we think it passes muster.

HomeMade Pizza is a great combo of the quality of take 'n bake pizza with the convenience of delivery. Other take 'n bake places we frequent don't offer delivery, so this is definitely a selling point. The delivery guy showed up at our door at the arranged time with two pizzas: one meat with pepperoni, onion, and basil and a veggie pizza with tomatoes and basil. They also threw in a salad, which was a nice starter for the meal.

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Two pizzas is clearly way too much food for Erin and I, so we enlisted the help of our neighbors, Nate and Molly, to help us out, since we were told that the pizzas are better if you eat them the day you get them. Nate and Molly were eager helpers for some homebrew and grilled pizza :)

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The pizzas come with grilling instructions and it's really easy. You do need to have either a regular pizza stone for your oven, or a special pizza stone specifically for the grill. We have a pizza stone for our oven, which worked out just fine. We preheated the grill for 10 minutes or so and slipped the meat pizza on the stone. I was a little concerned about the parchment paper that hung over the edge of the stone at first, but the paper just turns a little brown from the heat, no big deal.

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The pizza cooks in about 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees, having a thermometer on the grill helped out here. It was just as easy as any frozen pizza I've ever made, and much prettier!

Both of these pizzas were excellent. The ingredients are fresh and the presentation is wonderful. The crust is thin and has good structure when you pick it up, it can hold the weight of the toppings well. We had the salad while the first pizza was cooking, Nate particularly liked the garlic dressing that came with the salad, I think he may have dipped his pizza in it as well. I'm not even a fan of tomatoes, but the veggie pizza was great, the tomatoes were nice and meaty.

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The contest

I mentioned the gift cards earlier, and this is where you come in. We have ten gift cards: five $25 cards and five $10 cards. To win a gift card you need to comment with your favorite grilled pizza toppings. If you haven't ever had a grilled pizza, just comment with your favorite frozen pizza toppings :)

We will choose ten winners at random from the comments, the first five get a $25 gift card, the second five get a $10 gift card. The comments will close on Sunday night, June 28th, at 10pm central time.

Make sure to give us a way to contact you from your comment! Leave us your blog address or email address, or something, otherwise we can't give you your prize!!! NOTE: Many people have blogger profiles that are private - make sure yours is public, or you'll have to include your blog address or email address in your comment.

Good luck!

71 comments:

De Nueva said...

I can't say I've ever had grilled pizza, but I'd love to try it! Favorite frozen pizza toppings... I apologize for being non-original, but pepperoni for sure! (I mean, it is a frozen pizza)

Mandie said...

My favorite toppings are pepperoni and cheese only. My husband prefers peperoni and mushrooms (blech)!

Simone said...

Pineapple, especially if you grill it a bit before putting it on the pizza. Yum!

JL said...

I love pizza of all flavors and methods... I think the best grilled pizza is simple, tomato basil and real mozzarella. Can't beat a classic.

Pat Cotter said...

My favorites are sliced tomato, spinach and artichoke with only a little cheese

Emily said...

Just grilled pizzas with the fam over the weekend. I split my pizza into my two favorites: 1) pesto, tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella and 2) veggies galore, pineapple, red pepper flakes, sans cheese. Thanks!

Lisa said...

Pesto!

Laura said...

I've been anxiously awaiting a tomato in my CSA so I can make a margherita pizza. In the meantime, I've been enjoying mushroom pizzas with delicious cheese occasionally topped with an egg or two.

justinmchase said...

My favorite is Pepperoni, Green Olives and Onion pizza (with red sauce).

Brittney made a pizza not long ago that was Broccoli, Asparagus and Proscuitto pizza with Alfredo sauce (instead of red sauce) and buffalo mozzarella cheese. Yummy.

Libby/Bethy said...

Pineapple and tomato -- delicious delicious delicious!

adhum said...

sausage and mushrooms!

Beth said...

White Pizza is always good...but so is tomato, garlic, and basil!

Julia said...

One of my favorite pizzas (that I've created myself) includes pineapple and shrimp. Yummy.

Undefined said...

These look great! We do Papa Murphy's alot, mostly because they are close, but these look really good, and I would love give a shot to grilling these. Might need to stop, even if I don't get the gift card...

Scott said...

Oops...forgot my name...

Evy said...

Canadian Bacon and Pineapple

Stormi Kai said...

I'm so glad you guys are back from Europe! I read your blog religiously, but never really comment, *blush,* but this is a perfect ice-breaker for me to start, ha.


I adore goat cheese and pequillo peppers on grilled pizza. The smokiness is seriously to die for with those ingredients. Most of the time I sub pimentos for the pequillos, because they taste pretty darn close for being so easy to come by!!

- Stormi

stormi_k@hotmail.com

Fidget said...

Well, the best pizza I ever had, or maybe it wasn't the best but the most unique, was a "tun-tun" in Mexico - from atĂșn and aceituna: tuna and olives. Loved it. Normally, though - Hawaiian!

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Toby said...

I would have to say in Italy we got some with squash flowers (best pizza ever), otherwise a greek style pizza with feta is pretty good.


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Victoria said...

Mmmm, love HomeMade! Any of their pizzas with carmelized onions are amazing.

Tom said...

Maybe it's a little boring, but for grilled pizza (any pizza I guess) I keep it really simple: diced tomatoes tossed in a little salt and olive oil, basil shreds and a very light sprinkling of cheese.

Sareen said...

I love bbq'd pulled pork topped with coleslaw after you pull the pizza. Tremendous. Great with the smoke from the grill.
japansara at hotmail

Beth and Nate said...

I've never had grilled pizza but have been wanting to try!

My favorite toppings on a standard pizza are sausage and black olive. To shake it up a bit sometimes I enjoy kalamata olives, basil and roasted red peppers.

~Beth

Alex said...

Be careful, the FTC is watching you! You are big time now, with freebies :)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/21/AR2009062101107_pf.html

LM said...

prosciutto!

coilwoman at ya hoo

HungryinSW said...

Fresh Mozz, Sicilian olives, basil, cracked pepper, red pepper flakes and spiced salami. The cheese gets all melty and the salami gets nice and crisp!

the man said...

My favorite grilled pizza topping is wieners and sauerkraut. It is a perfect complement to the whole summer and BBQ’ing culture. Don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it. If that doesn’t work for you, then try ham and horseradish. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Claire said...

I'd have to say I love to put on some spinach and basil, proisciutto, sundried tomatoes and oregano...
claire.e.marshall[at]gmail.com

Jen said...

Peppers and onions for me!

Cafe Cyan said...

I love grilling pizza, especially when camping (perfect treat!) My favorite toppings are mozzarella, tomato and basil.

Ryan Ricard said...

Grilled pizza is all about the veggies - tomatoes, peppers, onions, eggplant.

mmm eggplant.

Solstice Mama said...

Thanks for the great blog! My favorite pizza topping is feta cheese.

TwinCities Bride said...

The pizzas look so much better then anything I've ever had from Papa Murphy's! My favorite toppings are goat cheese and spinach, yum!

A-Diddy said...

Fresh mozz, tomatoes and basil! Super simple!

Katie said...

I am A huge fan of arugula on pizza. Put it on towards the end so it doesn't burn. Delish!
katiekaufmann@gmail.com

ben said...

Pasilla chilis

abby said...

My new favorite pizza topping combo is: canadian bacon, pineapple, bacon and jalapenos
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Jess said...

My favorite grilled pizza is an artichoke chicken combo, with canadian bacon and pineapple coming in a close second. And you can NEVER go wrong with CHEESE pizza! :)

P.S. I've had HomeMade Pizza a few times and have NEVER been disappointed. Delicious.

Cheryl said...

The pizza's look wonderful! We love to add fresh veggies (tons of mushrooms), red & yellow peppers, onion, some fresh mozzarella cheese and baby bell cheese. Thanks for the posting. Our sons live in the cities and we are always looking for new places to check out when we visit!

Mushi said...

I love basil and goat cheese on anything..but I'm also partial to Mexican pizzas with refried beans, chicken, cilantro, greek yogurt, onions, cheese, etc.... :)

sos8weall said...

Hey guys, I love your blog, it's such a great resource for choosing where to go!

Favs toppings include: chicken, broccoli, bleu cheese, mozzarella and fresh tomatoes.

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Troy Nelson said...

Double Cheese!


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KM said...

caramelized onions, goat cheese, red onions and pine nuts--sweet, salty, crunchy, and smooth. Even better with a Surly Furious.
kmikrot at hotmail

Becca Williams said...

I love canadian bacon, pineapple, black olive, green pepper!!! Becca beccacali@gmail.com

Mike said...

prosciutto ham, pear, and an egg cracked in the middle.

Jennifer said...

Margherita: Basil and tomatoes from my own garden, and mozzarella cheese. My stomach is growling now, thanks...

Mike said...

Those pizzas look great.
My favorite pizza is arugula, garlic and muscles.

Ivory said...

This is soooo yummy: basic tomato sauce made from whole tomatoes, topped with chorizo sausage, chevre, red onion, brandy-soaked figs, and arugula. The smoky flavor of grilled crust makes it even better!!

tricia said...

Roasted Red Pepper sauce (instead of tomato based), chorizo, goat cheese, and spinich. YUM. Although once the CSA starts really kicking in, we make what we refer to as "garbage pizzas" using up whatever random veggie we have on hand and often with some homemade pesto for the "sauce>"

Anonymous said...

Wow, such good deets and great pics my mouth is watering! Our favorite grilled pizza is margherita.

jessical50 at hotmail dot com

Jen said...

I'll have to try this since we're close to the Minnetonka location! We're big fans of Italian sausage.

Amanda said...

I actually didn't come to comment on pizza toppings but instead to say that I'm proud of you guys! I know you didn't plan for this blog to be a big success outside of friends and family, but now you have restaurants contacting you! Congratulations, I'm happy to be your sister/in-law :) Not that I would deny being related if you didn't have this wonderful blog of course.

Oh, but just in case... I like hawaiian, and when Becca and I get it she graciously puts olives and peppers on only one half.

Heather said...

I love the classic pepperoni and sausage, but that veggie pizza looks pretty tasty too.

jennifer said...

Love simple pizza ... fresh mozz, basil, tomatoes. But then again pepperoni and sausage is always classic. earthcrystals*at*aol.com

cooknkate said...

Spinach, goat cheese and pine nuts, or simply sliced tomato and fresh mozzarella.

Sarah said...

Yumm....I want some pizza now...

My favorites are zucchini, squash, tomatoes and spinach with TONS of cheese (all cheeses).

Sarah said...

You can't go wrong with a classic margharita pizza: tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella cheese - it's like a little slice of heaven!

mrs.leah.maria said...

I've never had grilled pizza and I'm doubting I've ever fully lived. :P

HeatherEve said...

cheese :) I'm easy to please.
HeatherEveFairbanks at gmail dot com

junita said...

It's so easy to make your own *real* homemade pizza, that I'm a bit skeptical of Homemade Pizza (and it's just a few blocks away from me). That being said, I'm curious enough to try it! I love spicy italian sausauge, roasted red peppers, mozzarella and lots of garlic on my pizza. junita [at] gmail.com or stackofcoobooks.blogspot.com

kegster said...

spinach, tomato, and, wait for it, meatballs!

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Joelen said...

What a great giveaway! Grilled pizza definitely is delicious, especially in the summer. I love pretty much anything on my pizza but if I had to choose I'd pick lots of ham, pineapple and green bell peppers. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

Mimi said...

Junita is almost my pizza twin I to love spicy italian sausauge, roasted red peppers, mozzarella and lots of garlic on my pizza but I wouls add a sprinkle of green olives.

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puddy said...

canadian bacon is for canadians.
Pineapple and Pepperoni is the only way.

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BJH said...

sausage, black olive and onion

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Canadian Gardener said...

American "Canadian bacon" isn't even really Canadian - the real stuff is called peameal bacon and it's delicious, check it out!

My favourite is Margherita with homemade sauce; fresh oregano, basil, roasted garlic and tomatoes from my own garden. Freshest mozzarella from the local dairy, finished with tons of sweet green and red rubin basil picked right off my plants to go on the hot pizza. Grilling (and eating!) pizza in the garden is the best.

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm, yummy grilled pizza!

Chicken, Feta Cheese, Wild Rice, and Black beans. Any of the above can be marinated.

In2ishn@excite.com

Anonymous said...

I like any kind of veggies on my pizza. I don't really like pizza meat though.

Emily

epeterson115@msn.com

Geoff said...

First, my girlfriend and I love the blog.

While it's been a while since we've made grilled pizza, we both love it.

Generally, we make a homemade dough and sauce (made with red wine, crushed tomato, onion/shallot, basil, garlic, salt & pepper), fresh mozzarella, Italian seasoned green olives, fresh basil, and caramelized onions. Since I'm a meat eater I put prosciutto on there, however my girlfriend is a vegetarian so we put fake Italian sausage on her half.

Anonymous said...

just under the wire... My favorite toppings are candied walnuts, pear and gorganzola... mmmm. love your blog btw!

daniellebennettmd@gmail.com

Dani

ben said...

Thanks for the comments everyone, the contest is closed, we'll announce the result tomorrow night (Monday).