Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Organic Domino's $5.99 Medium Pizza Deal

When I decided to host a screening of Food, Inc. to promote the movie airing on PBS last week, I was wracking my brain to come up with a crowd-pleasing, affordable and easy to make meal to serve. Ordinarily, if you're having a bunch of people over to watch a movie, wouldn't you just order pizza? But considering the high mark up of organic cheese and the incredibly low cost of pizza deals like Domino's two medium pizzas for $5.99 each, I was convinced that organic pizza was going to be way too expensive. I checked out Domino's nutritional information (PDF) anyway though, and was intrigued to see that not only do they break down exactly how much of each ingredient they use on each pizza, but the cheese component is only 142 grams.

Now, I make pizza for myself and The Expert all the time, but I'm certainly not so stingy as to use only 142 grams of cheese! I usually use an entire 8 oz./227 gram package, so it had to be a mistake. But I decided to give the paltry amount a shot one night anyway, and I was shocked to find that although the amount looked questionably small before I baked the pizza, when it came out of the oven, the pizza had baked better, was much easier to handle, and seemed like it contained a perfectly reasonable amount of melted cheese. Crowd-pleasing movie night dinner problem solved!

Earlier in the week, The Expert and I ordered the above two pizzas, ham and pineapple (The Expert's fav), and sliced sweet Italian sausage with onions for $17.21. That included a $1.99 delivery charge and $3 tip, though, so let's just pretend we picked it up at the store and paid $13.22. That's $6.61 per pizza, including tax.

I know what you're probably thinking: what's pizza night without pepperoni? Unfortunately, I haven't been able to track down any organic pepperoni, although I know that a few brands make it from researching the product online. But sausage is likely even cheaper considering you slice it yourself, and Applegate Farms has some really interesting flavors, like spinach and feta or chicken and apple, that are way more inciting than pepperoni, if you ask me.

Everything you see here is from either Trader Joe's or Whole Foods (again...why don't I just work for their PR departments?) When you consider that I'm making three different kinds of pizza - I added a three topping veggie pizza even though we didn't order one from Domino's - the number of ingredients is actually really low.

The yeast I used isn't pictured since I've been storing my 1 lb. package of Saf Instant Yeast in an old salsa container in the fridge for the better part of a year and I didn't want to confuse anyone! It's not certified organic, but then again neither is the salt I've been using in each of these meals. When someone starts making certified organic instant yeast (or salt), I will definitely pick some up!

As you can see, the total varies depending on the toppings, but they're all under $6.61! And remember, that's not including any delivery charge or tip. And really, when was the last time you drove to the pizza place to pick up pizza for movie night? Sure, maybe if you're stopping by Blockbuster on your way home, but let's be serious...nobody does that anymore. When you consider the money you'll save on the delivery charges too, you can make an entire additional organic pizza!

Delicious, no? Let's see what The Expert thinks:

The Expert's Verdict: "Domino's is too salty, this tastes much more normal. The cheese and sauce amounts are really similar and the toppings are fresher. The crust is different though, not quite as soft. The butter on the crust makes it too greasy and kind of annoying to eat, but I could say that about Domino's version too."

Resemblance to original meal: 9
Overall deliciousness: 7

My Food, Inc. pot luck viewers were fans as well. "It's remarkably similar to Domino's version, except way more awesome and I didn't have to wait an hour and a half for it to be delivered!" said one happy eater. We enjoyed the movie with some local and organic brews (my guests' "pot luck" contributions) but we were glad to have eaten before we started watching the film due to some of the yuckier scenes displaying how much of our food is produced. If you still haven't seen it, PBS is streaming Food, Inc. online until midnight tomorrow, 4/28. Go, watch it now! Then come back here and make these recipes:



1 comment:

  1. ok a few comments from a seasoned Dominos patron:

    1) Hawaiian pizza - most excellent choice!!
    2) How much easier would your job be if the US were on the metric system? :-)
    3) Your organic pizza looks amazing and is making my stomach grumble from across the world!