What’s your pizza personality?

Research released recently indicates that keeping a watchful eye on the pizza preferences of family, friends and coworkers may give you certain insights — like the political party your spouse is likely to support in an upcoming election, the career aspirations of your friends and what type of movie your date may prefer. As part of its celebration of National Pizza Month, California Pizza Kitchen sponsored the national survey of 1,000 Americans over the age of 18. Co-founders and CEOs of California Pizza Kitchen, Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield discuss the results and share some of their favorite pizza recipes on “Today.” Check them out below.

WHAT’S YOUR PIZZA PERSONALITY?

What can you find out about your family, friends and co-workers just by looking at the kind of pizza they prefer? Quite a lot, according to the results from the National Pizza Personality Survey sponsored by California Pizza Kitchen.

Here’s the inside scoop on America’s pizza personalities.

“California-style” Pizza Personality Profile:

Most likely to choose these pizza toppings - garlic and shrimp, BBQ chicken and Thai

Preferred pizza seasonings - oregano and parmesan cheese

Celebrities they would like to eat pizza with - Madonna or David Letterman

Preferred type of movie - action-adventure

More likely to be found reading - New York Times

Dream jobs include - book editor / author

In high school - the rebel

Likely political party affiliation - Democrat

“New York-style” Pizza Personality Profile:

Most likely to choose these pizza toppings - traditional meats like sausage and pepperoni

Preferred pizza seasonings - nothing extra

Celebrities they would like to eat pizza with - Oprah Winfrey or President Bush

Preferred type of movie - action-adventure or comedy

More likely to be found reading - People, New York Times

Dream jobs include - stay-at-home parent

In high school - the brainiac

Likely political party affiliation - equally divided

Deep Dish “Chicago-style” Pizza Personality Profile:

Most likely to choose these pizza toppings - traditional meats like sausage and pepperoni

Preferred pizza seasonings - nothing extra

Celebrities they would like to eat pizza with - Denzel Washington

Preferred type of movie - action-adventure, comedy or drama

More likely to be found reading - USA Today

Dream jobs include - sports star

In high school - the jock

Likely political party affiliation - Republican

PASTRAMI REUBEN PIZZA
Servings:

Makes two 9-inch pizzas

Ingredients

    • 1 recipe Basic Pizza Dough (see below)
    • 6 oz favorite Thousand Island dressing
    • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
    • 1 1/4 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
    • 1/2 lb thinly sliced deli style Pastrami
    • 1/2 cup Sauerkraut (drained)
    • 1 tsp caraway seeds

Preparation

Baking Directions:

PIZZA DOUGH BY CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN

Ingredients

    • 1 teaspoon yeast
    • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water (105 degrees to 110 degrees F)
    • 1 1/2 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil plus 1 teaspoon for coating

Preparation

Baking Directions:

To stretch and form the dough for pizza:

1. Sprinkle a medium dusting of flour over a 12x12-inch clean, smooth surface. Use a metal spatula or dough scraper to carefully remove a dough ball from the glass casserole dish, being very careful to preserve its round shape. Flour the dough liberally. Place the floured dough on the floured smooth surface.

2. Use your hand or rolling pin to press the dough down forming a flat circle about 1/2-inch thick. Pinch the dough between your fingers all around the edge of the circle, forming a lip or rim that rises about 1/4-inch above the center surface of the dough. You may continue this outward stretching motion of the hands until you have reached a 9-inch diameter pizza dough.

To dress the pizza:

1. Lightly sprinkle cornmeal, semolina or flour over the surface of a wooden pizza peel. Arrange the stretched dough over the floured peel surface. Work quickly to dress the pizza so that the dough won’t become soggy or sticky from the sauces and toppings.

2. When you are ready to transfer the pizza to the pizza stone in the preheated oven, grasp the handle of the peel and execute a very small test jerk to verify that the pizza will come easily off the peel. If the dough doesn’t move freely, carefully lift the edges of the dough and try to rotate it by hand. Extreme cases may require that you toss more flour under the dough edges.

3. Once the dough is moving easily on the peel, open the oven and position the edge of the peel over the center of the stone about 2/3 from the front of the stone. *Jiggle and tilt the peel to get the pizza to start sliding off. When the pizza begins to touch the stone, pull the peel quickly out from under it. Don’t attempt to move the pizza until it has begun to set (about 3 minutes). The peel can be slid under the pizza to move it or remove it.

Recipes and Pizza Personality survey results provided by California Pizza Kitchen. Copyright 2003. All rights reserved. For more information on CPK, you can visit their Web site at: www.cpk.com

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