Jensen’s Lamb Merguez Pizza
One of the great joys in being on the quest for perfect pizza is that it truly is a discovery process. As Chef Jensen Lorenzen and I played in his outdoor kitchen at the Cass House Inn I think we both felt that we were stepping into exciting, new territory. He knows food and ingredients and how flavors come together; I know dough; he had a brand new wood-fired oven that he was just learning to “drive,” and some great ingredients; I had a camera crew and a Pizza Quest team in search of new flavor frontiers — it was a spontaneous adventure for all of us to see what we could create with the cameras running. In this webisode you’ll see some of Jensen’s creative process, how a chef thinks about ingredients and how, by using certain flavors in concert with others, he can create a taste burst that suddenly becomes memorable because it connects with previous reference points and then takes things down a slightly different path, reinforcing the old reference point but also establishing a new one, a new taste memory. What a great job I have — it never gets boring!!
So, enjoy Chef Jensen’s delicious Merguez Lamb Sausage Pizza with Goat Cheese and Raitta!
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Pizza Quest Info
Pizza Quest is a site dedicated to the exploration of artisanship in all forms, wherever we find it, but especially through the literal and metaphorical image of pizza. As we share our own quest for the perfect pizza we invite all of you to join us and share your journeys too. We have discovered that you never know what engaging roads and side paths will reveal themselves on this quest, but we do know that there are many kindred spirits out there, passionate artisans, doing all sorts of amazing things. These are the stories we want to discover, and we invite you to jump on the proverbial bus and join us on this, our never ending pizza quest.
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