Friday, August 15, 2014

Vegetable Pizza Recipe

I love all of the fresh fruits and vegetables of Summer.  I also love pizza.  One way to eat up that plethora of squash is to bake it in a pizza.

vegetable pizza


Our Basic Pizza Crust Recipe

Ingredients
  • 2 cups of regular flour (but if you want the best, use the 00 flour)
  • 1 cup of fine corn meal
  • 1 tablespoon of active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons honey, optional
Directions
  1. Heat the water to lukewarm. Then add the olive oil. (for really yummy dough, add the 2 tbsp honey here)
  2. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
  3. Using your bread kneader mixing option on your mixer (we use the option on the kitchenaid), pour the yeast solution into the mixer and mix for 5 minutes.
  4. Now, add all of the dry ingredients to the mixer. Mix on low until it forms a ball.  If it does not form a ball, you need to add more flour or cornmeal.
  5. Once it has formed a ball, knead on low speed for 20 minutes.  I know this seems unnecessary, but it is the most critical part!
  6. After, cover and let the dough sit in a warm, dry place for 1 hour. This allows the dough to rise.  If you want to make your dough ahead of time, place the dough in the fridge overnight and take it out 1 hour before cooking time.
  7. Spread the dough into desired shape. This dough makes enough for two 10" pizzas, so we separate the dough into two. This makes the shaping of the circular pizza dough a little easier!
Now choose your toppings!
Ingredients
  • zucchini, thinly sliced
  • yellow squash, thinly sliced
  • mushrooms, sliced
  • tomatoes, sliced (my tomatoes weren't ripe yet)
  • fresh basil
  • Whatever other vegetable you want to put on... olives, onions, peppers. Or if you want to be less healthy... add some pepperoni or sausage.
  • Pizza sauce (I like Trader Joe's)
  • Mozzarella cheese, pre-shredded is easier to use.
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 500F, best cooked with a pizza stone.
  2. Spread the pizza sauce over the pizza
  3. Sprinkle mozzarella (as much as desired)
  4. Place all your ingredients on the pizza, except the basil.
  5. If you use a pizza peel (as I do), sprinkle coarse cornmeal on the bottom so the pizza will easily slide off the peel onto your stone.  This is a nice trick.
  6. Place in oven and cook for 8-12 minutes, until it looks done. 
  7. Immediately after you take the pizza out of the oven, sprinkle the basil on top. 
  8. Enjoy! 
homemade vegetable pizza

Yummy!

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