Thursday, August 9, 2012

America's Best Top Pizza ;)

Nothing more craved (in our house) and delicious than pizza! So easy to pick up the phone for delivery, but homemade pizza is tastier, cheaper AND healthier (you get to control the quality/cut/shape/etc. of the ingredients you use). 

Let's commence the drooling, shall we?!

For the crust:

Coach's Orders:
(for the whole sha-bang!)

1. Combine "pizza crust" or active yeast, 1 Tablespoon honey, a good dash of salt and 1 cup whole wheat flour in a medium-large bowl

2. Gradually add 1/2 cup whole wheat flour until not too sticky, then remove and kneed for a couple minutes with extra flour in your hands to make the dough elastic and expandable (2-4 minutes)

3. Once elastic, roll out into any shape you desire on a well greased/oiled/or buttered pan. Pull out as far as you like depending your desirable crust (thick crust, roll out less, thin crust, roll out more) -- Place on your pan and begin adding your ingredients!

4. (We prefer a pesto base vs. pizza sauce/marinara so here we go!) DELICIOUS! Once toppings are on, bake at 475 degrees for 12-15 minutes on the bottom oven rack to bake the crust and begin melting the cheese & cooking the veggies.

.....My attempt to create our my favorite local pizza! 

In the line up folks:
Healthy whole wheat dough
Pesto base
Several handfuls Mozzarella cheese
1/2 medium white onion, diced
1/4 red pepper, diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
dashes of Italian seasoning, oregano, basil and red pepper flakes
Good heaping of finely chopped fresh basil and fresh spinach leaves

After baking for 3/4 of the time, add Romano cheese and marinara sauce on top during the last baking minutes.

Perfectly crunchy crust, oozy melted cheese, pesto perfection, warmed marinara and a host of veggie all in one delicious slice. How can you beat that my friends?! 

ENJOY A FRESH, HEALTHY PIZZA PARTY! (and cater to what ingredients you'd like!)


What's you're favorite kind of pizza? Traditional, BBQ chicken, Margherita, etc.?

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