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Tuesday
Mar152011

Spinoccoli Pizza


We like to make our own pizza from time to time.  In fact, I can't actually remember the last time we ordered one from a pizzeria.  When we do make our own, we never make a traditional cheese and pepperoni pizza.  Instead, we like to get creative and try new things you wouldn't normally find on a take out menu.  I was looking around and found this recipe from Pink Parsley (originally Annie's Eats) and decided it was the one we were going to make.  We had a pizza dough in the freezer that we needed to use up, too.  This pizza took very little time and was absolutely delicious!

1 Pizza Dough (I used this one)
1 tablespoon Butter
1 tablespoon Flour
3/4 cup Milk
1 Garlic Cloves, smashed
Salt & Pepper, to taste
6 tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 cup Broccoli Florets, chopped into 1-2 inch pieces
1 cup Fresh Spinach, packed
2/3 cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
2/3 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded

**Preheat the oven to 500 degrees for at least 30 minutes, with a pizza stone.  (I did not do this.  Instead, we just oiled a cookie sheet and stretched our dough on that to make the pizza.)

To make the white sauce, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Add the flour, and cook, whisking constantly, until golden and bubbly, about 1 minute.  Whisk in the milk and add the garlic cloves.  Cook, stirring often, until the mixture thickens and bubbles.  Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper, and stir in the Parmesan cheese.  Remove and discard the garlic.  (I didn't read this part and added minced garlic instead, so it did not get removed.  Oh well!)

Roll the pizza dough into a 12-14 inch round.  (As stated above, I opted to go with a rectangular pizza and did not use my pizza stone).  Brush the perimeter with olive oil.  Spread a thin layer of the white sauce over the surface and top with the spinach and broccoli.  Scatter the cheeses over the vegetables.  If using a pizza stone, transfer the pizza to the stone and bake for 12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.  Allow to cool slightly before cutting and serving.

Saturday
Jan222011

Hawaiian BBQ Pork Pizza on Homemade Crust


As soon as I saw this recipe from Pink Parsley pop up, I knew I wanted to make it.  We love to make our own pizza, and quite honestly, it's been far too long since the last time we did.  The combination of ingredients on this pizza is something I wouldn't have thought of on my own, but so glad that I tried.  Next time we have leftover pulled pork, I know what I'll be doing with it!

Pizza Dough (*recipe follows)
1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
1 cup Pulled Pork, finely shredded or chopped
1/2 Red Onion, halved and thinly sliced
1/2 cup Pineapple Chunks
1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
1 cup Smoked Gouda, shredded
2 tablespoons Scallions, chopped

Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500 degrees for at least 30 minutes.  On a large square of parchment paper, stretch and roll the pizza dough into a 12-14 inch circle.  Brush the outer edge with olive oil.  Spread the BBQ sauce over the dough, then layer the pork, onion, and pineapple.  Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top.  Transfer the pizza to the heated pizza stone and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the crust is golden-brown and the cheese is melted.  Sprinkle the scallions over the top.  Allow the pizza to cool for 5-10 minutes, then slice and serve.

Pizza Dough (from Mark Bittman, found in The Essential New York Times Cookbook)


3 cups All Purpose Flour or Bread Flour, plus more as needed
2 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast
2 teaspoons Coarse Sea Salt or Kosher Salt, plus more for sprinkling
1 cup Water
2 tablespoons Olive Oil

To make the dough by hand, combine half of the flour with the yeast and salt in a bowl and stir to blend. Add the water and olive oil; stir with a wooden spoon until smooth.  Add the remaining flour a bit at a time.  When the mixture becomes too stiff to stir with a spoon, begin kneading it in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, adding as little of the flour as possible-just enough to keep the dough from being a sticky mess.  Knead for 5-10 minutes.  Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead for a few seconds to form a smooth, round ball.  Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Let rise until doubled in size, 1-2 hours.  (You can cut the rising time if you are in a hurry, or-preferably-you can let the dough rise more slowly in the fridge for 6-8 hours.  The dough can then be used immediately or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and frozen for up to 1 month.  Defrost in a covered bowl in the fridge or at room temperature.)  Form the dough into a ball and divide into 2 pieces, roll each piece into a ball.  Place on a lightly floured surface, sprinkle with a little flour, and cover with plastic wrap or a towel.  Let rest until slightly puffed, about 20 minutes.  Oil one or more baking sheets, as needed, then press each dough ball into a flat round directly on the sheet.  Pat out the dough as thin as you like, using oiled hands if necessary.  Proceed with pizza recipe.

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