Monday, October 11, 2010

yummy homemade white pizza

i like to make pizza at ends up being cheaper and healthier....and yummy'er.  so i thought i would share one of my pizza receipes with you. 

i call this my "Stinky Breath White Pizza" (because it will make it so)

for the pizza crust:
3/4 cup warm water (105°F to 115°F)
1 envelope active dry yeast

2 cups (or more) all purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil

crust directions:
-dissolve the yeast in the water and let it sit for a couple of minutes
-sift all of your dry ingredients together and add your EVOO (olive oil)
-knead the dough together....dont be a sissy use your hands (take your rings off if you dont want to be picking dough out of the nooks and crannies for a week afterwards)
-coat the dough ball in a little olive oil and set in a warmish/breezeless area for about an hour, or until it rises (i stick it in my microwave)

while your dough is rising get your pizza fixins' together....oh and get your oven preheated...i think i put it on 400 or 425)

for the pizza:
-red onion (about 1/3 of the onion sliced thin)
-fresh baby spinach
-alfredo sauce of choice (i used classico, but you can make your own)
-a couple cloves of garlic sliced thin
-pizza cheese of choice (and yes the "pizza" shreeded cheese blend does just fine)

assembly and baking:
-once your dough has risen to your liking (i get impatient and use it before it has completely risen...dont worry...its ok to do this) divide it up into 2 dough balls
-roll, press, toss....whichever you like....1 dough ball onto your pizza stone or cookie sheet.  dont forget to put down a layer of corn meal so your crust doesnt stick during the baking process.  also dont worry if its not perfectly round
-i like my crust thin so i mush it pretty thin and then stab it with a fork all over so it wont puff up in spots
-bake the crust alone on 400-425 for about 5-10 min? (i bake it until it starts to get a gold brown on top) this will differ with your oven.  this is called "par-baking" your crust.  it helps the crust actually cook.....if you bake it, toppings and all, it doesnt cook all the way and will be doughy and soggy.

-pull it out and slather the crust with pesto and alittle alfredo sauce
-sprinkle your sliced garlic all over
-sprinkle a couple healthy handfulls of cheese
-add onion and spinach to your liking
-put back in oven til cheese is melted and slightly toasted/onions cooked/spinach wilted.

Eat and Enjoy!!  This is a pretty basic pizza.  You can add ingredients if you blackend chicken, mushrooms, feta, whatever.  all i know is that i make this pizza alot and its super yummy...dave likes it too.


1 comment:

dave said...

It was delicious.