🔕 🔔
Loading…

My Basket ()

All questions

blotting pizza

So let me preface by saying that I would never blot the oil off of pizza in public, and I don't think anyone should. Nor would I do it on a more artisanal pie. But I do it in the privacy of my home, well, to make things less fattening, or so I think. I'm wondering whether folks think this actually works. I know this will stir up strong feelings, and I get it. But sometimes, I'm just craving pizza--usually the whole wheat from Whole Foods--I have an undying love for the stuff--and hoping to cut some of the calories.

asked by ATG117 over 4 years ago
34 answers 3283 views
8a5161fb 3215 4036 ad80 9f60a53189da  buddhacat
SKK
added over 4 years ago

What a fun question! How do you know if you are blotting off oil or liquid? And how do you know the oil hasn't already been absorbed into the crust? I think you should just enjoy it and exercise a little longer.

8a5161fb 3215 4036 ad80 9f60a53189da  buddhacat
SKK
added over 4 years ago

Hi ATG, your profile indicates you are a vegetarian. If you have vegetables and use hard cheeses, not sure where all the fat is coming from.

Cd4936f2 2555 42a6 bab6 b78ae625f4ec  img 3538
added over 4 years ago

I blotted my pizza the other day. I did it mainly because the oil pooling on top compromised the architecture of the slice. I agree with SKK. But I would assume if you are blotting oil you are removing *some* fat and calories but not much. We have to treat ourselves sometimes or we'd go crazy.

C45c94a0 2e08 45bf a73c 4235d1b3c4bb  image
added over 4 years ago

I blot, even in public (as discretely as possible), if the pizza is really greasy. I believe that avoiding a tablespoon of oil is a good thing to do, to avoid extra saturated fats and calories (and stomach upset). I don't like doing it in public, and I don't like using dioxin-bleached napkins to do it, but I do it! I said it.
OK I'm not proud, and Sadassa is a pseudonym!

53573b8d 4bf0 4ffd 843d b2e617cfeb6b  dscn3274
inpatskitchen

Pat is a trusted home cook.

added over 4 years ago

One of my twin daughters "blots" all the time...it makes me crazy! But I guess that might be why she's just a wispy 37 year old and I'm not! (LOL)

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added over 4 years ago

Ted Allen's show " ask the expert" the other day proved that blotting takes fat and calories off a pizza.

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added over 4 years ago

I think blotting isn't meant for pizza. What is the point of eating pizza if you're just going to blot off extra yummy goodness. I have never seen a pizza dripping with greese, perhaps a small pool on top but who cares. That is whole fun of eating pizza, because its bad for you!
Cheese has oil and the only reason you can see it on pizza is because its melted, so if you can eat a chunk of cheese normally why bother with the extra step of blotting, unless you consistently melt cheese, pour off the oil and eat it.

I wonder what other foods these so called blotters blot? If you're worried about calories don't eat the pie! Sheesh

22b9ddc9 fc61 48a3 949e dee341974288  liz and dad
added over 4 years ago

I am not a blotter, but I have lots of friends who are, for various reasons. I don't judge. There's a great pizza joint in Stamford, CT, called Colony Grill that serves a Hot Oil Pie drizzled with stinger pepper-infused oil. It's an awesome hot greasy mess. You might not want to go here, as there is a good chance you'll be evicted if caught blotting. ;)

8f5038ed 8aca 4d33 aef7 8a0ce63adc40  img00019 20100929 0432 1
sexyLAMBCHOPx

Chops is a trusted home cook.

added over 4 years ago

MrsLarkin - I cant believe you mentioned Colony! I'm 5 minutes away and I love it - and I'm NOT a big pizza fan! Thin, crispt, hot oil goodness! What a small food52 community!

22b9ddc9 fc61 48a3 949e dee341974288  liz and dad
added over 4 years ago

Well then, I think a Colony Grill meet up is in order! What do you think?? It'll be like a food52 blind date of sorts.

Voted the Best Answer!

22b9ddc9 fc61 48a3 949e dee341974288  liz and dad
added over 4 years ago

P.S. I am serious about the meet up but totally joking about the blind date. I'm a happily married mother of two. ;)

19f2e275 c635 488f 8322 530158a23e00  food52
added over 4 years ago

I'm also but 5 minutes from. Colony in Stamford. Good pizza, I agree. Out Post is another winner.

22b9ddc9 fc61 48a3 949e dee341974288  liz and dad
added over 4 years ago

Benny, I will definitely be checking out Outpost Pizza. Never been there.

Colony is in a class by itself. It's different. And delicious.

8f5038ed 8aca 4d33 aef7 8a0ce63adc40  img00019 20100929 0432 1
sexyLAMBCHOPx

Chops is a trusted home cook.

added over 4 years ago

It's a date! Or shall I say " meet up" ? : ) Have either of you been to Post Corner?

8f5038ed 8aca 4d33 aef7 8a0ce63adc40  img00019 20100929 0432 1
sexyLAMBCHOPx

Chops is a trusted home cook.

added over 4 years ago

Off topic but FWIW I dined at Napa & Co. last night. Consistently good food & drink.

22b9ddc9 fc61 48a3 949e dee341974288  liz and dad
added over 4 years ago

post corner in Darien?? yes, a million times. love their square pizza.

always passed Napa & Co on the way to work for years, but have never eaten there. Looks real cute. I have heard great things about them.

You guys, you know you're just a hop-skip from my farmers market. I fully expect to see you there sometime. ;) Just make sure to introduce yourselves or I won't know who the heck you are. Maybe use a password or something, like "food52 sent me".

401c5804 f611 451f a157 c693981d8eef  mad cow deux
pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added over 4 years ago

So why are you guys buying oily pizzas in the first place? You don't have to go Pizza Hut or one of those greasy NYC by the slice places.

Deac5e85 ab6c 4739 826e c35688e6f154  l1020855
added over 4 years ago

I once saw Luciano Pavarotti blotting his pizza , and wondered why now ? It made a fond memory for me of him and clearly a mental picture that stays many years later...

B8f19483 b6dd 4ee8 b288 d1e5d79af410  face
added over 4 years ago

I don't pizza often enough to care about the calories or fat. No blotting here!

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
Maedl

Margie is a trusted home cook immersed in German foodways.

added over 4 years ago

If Paarotti, who lost his wispiness a very long time ago, was blotting his pizza, then I can't imagine that the calories absorbed in the napkin make much difference in the long run. Choose your oizza carefully--make sure it is top quality--don't eat it to often but savor every bite without giving it a rub down.

4798a9c2 4c90 45e5 a5be 81bcb1f69c5c  junechamp
ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added over 4 years ago

I find almost all pizzas I can buy have more cheese on them than I like. If you want to cut calories, reduce the amount of cheese you use (or eliminate it altogether!) You'll get more of the other flavors, and you may be surprised how much you like it.

401c5804 f611 451f a157 c693981d8eef  mad cow deux
pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added over 4 years ago

In Italy pizza is not typically offered with giant globs of cheese (except to tourists who expect it). Frequently it has none at all, even the pizza alla taglia (the equivalent of by the slice). In America the pizza chains actually boast about how much junk they pile on it. For better or worse kids love pizza, so it's best to get them going on a leaner more authentic version.

1097a5b5 1775 4eec a8ea 7421137b65dc  image 2 apples claire sullivan 2
amysarah

amysarah is a trusted home cook.

added over 4 years ago

I've been known to blot - depends on the source of the excess oil. And it's not just Pizza Hut or the like - sometimes the local 'good' pizza joint hits the spot, even if it delivers a little more grease than you feel like eating. A couple of beers, good company, and nobody is paying attention to your blotting ways.

0f493ab9 068f 4498 ba2c 95c992214d52  sit2
Sam1148

Sam is a trusted home cook.

added over 4 years ago

The only time I ever blot a pizza is when I go overboard with olive oil on top, or using super-greasy pepperoni. When I have to do that, I consider it a 'fail' on my part.

1f596ae9 f36c 4022 8b52 0c8583fd70b0  meg b f52
added over 4 years ago

I say go for it - if it is that greasy - the cheese is probably super salty and flavorful too so you won't be extracting too much flavor. I'm from Maryland and my husband is from New York so we have an ongoing tension over the New York "pizza fold" - I'm appalled when the "pizza fold" becomes a funnel for grease - a direct conduit to the mouth :) so i'd blot on that occasion.

401c5804 f611 451f a157 c693981d8eef  mad cow deux
pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added over 4 years ago

It Italy pizza is almost always eaten via knife and fork. Good pizza anyway.

E6f5e079 1551 4472 bc70 dcc35a71edc2  110
added over 4 years ago

I don't like to blot, but more than that I hate to drip. If I think I'm going to drip, I'll blot. If I didn't blot and start to drip, I'll stop and blot.

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added over 4 years ago

I blot in private and in public---if they make my pizza needing to be blotted I have no compunctions whatsoever of making it a bit less unhealthy and messy.

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added over 4 years ago

See bullet #8: http://en.wikipedia.org...

C1aa93d7 c7a4 4560 aa6d 6dca74cc98ca  smokin tokyo
added over 4 years ago

wiki says* Does blotting pizza really reduce calories?- Yes, it reduces 35 Calories per slice on average (3.5 grams of oil).

516f887e 3787 460a bf21 d20ef4195109  bigpan
added over 4 years ago

If you don't want a greasy pizza - don't order it. Simple as that.

1097a5b5 1775 4eec a8ea 7421137b65dc  image 2 apples claire sullivan 2
amysarah

amysarah is a trusted home cook.

added over 4 years ago

True. But you don't always know you're in for an oil slick ahead of time - say you're trying a new place, or an old place that's recently changed hands/chefs, or someone else chooses...despite your best efforts, sometimes grease happens.

401c5804 f611 451f a157 c693981d8eef  mad cow deux
pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added over 4 years ago

You can find some of the best pizza in the USA in New York. You can also easily find some of the absolute worst. What's with that orange slime? I can see why you would want to blot that.

B715ddaa 7c36 4ac6 a970 5629c4e2b502  image
added over 4 years ago

I make my own pizza, using the Jim Lahey method. The best crust EVER! Total control of toppings, so I literally never go out for pie. No blotting necessary! Works for me.