Friday, 24 February 2012
It is quite possible that you have made it thus far without ever hearing of the social phenomenon that is Pinterest. If you have, you should know that you are missing out on what I will boldly declare one of the greatest procrastination tools of all time.
Pinterest, a website designed to resemble a pin board-like organizational style, allows users to save images on “boards”. These boards are categorized into separate themes; my favorite boards include craft tutorials that I will possibly never get to, endless pictures of golden retriever puppies, and of course, food porn.
One night, my friends and I decided to use a Pinterest recipe for our weekly “family dinner”. I found a recipe for pepperoni pizza monkey bread (a crowd-pleaser!) on Pinterest and we decided a mouthwatering combination of pepperoni, deliciously soft pizza dough, and marinara sauce was exactly what we wanted.
We used Trader Joe’s ingredients because we frequently use its products to make regular pizza. TJ’s is by far our favorite place to get pizza dough and sauce because both products are delicious and, more importantly to broke college kids, cheap.
The recipe looked not only delicious, but also fun and creative. My friends and I had the time of our lives forming little dough balls and snacking on pepperoni slices (okay, pieces of cheese, too) while assembling the dish. We laughed and poked fun at each other’s products, and the entire pan was filled before we knew it.
We had enough willpower to wait (impatiently) for the dough to rise and bake (I could’ve sworn that the clock was broken) but about fifteen seconds after the oven beeped we lost our minds in a collective pepperoni-scented frenzy. I’m still not sure what happened, but I suppose the combined smell of freshly baked bread and gooey melted cheese put us over the top. I vaguely recall exchanging glances with my friends and mentally agreeing that the price of burned fingers and numb tongues was one we were all willing to pay.
How were they? Well, our handiwork was not quite on par with the Pinterest pictures—the edges of the pan were a little burnt. Unfortunately, we also conveniently forgot that dough expands in heat and used a little too much to wrap each of our pepperoni bites. Each one needed a little more pepperoni, a lot more cheese, and about half the amount of dough. Nothing a hefty serving of marinara sauce couldn’t fix of course.
However, even though our version of the pepperoni monkey bread wasn’t absolutely perfect, it was still delicious and perfect for our family dinner. We never would have found the recipe if it wasn’t for Pinterest guiding our hungry selves toward bliss.
And that, my friends, is the power of social media. And food.
Are you on Pinterest? Have you tried any of the recipes?