Friday, October 28, 2011

Homemade White Pizza

Apparently, I wrote this before I came out to Yellowstone when I was chillin' with my mom (over a year and a half ago!).  I'll share now because we had homemade pizza last night (visiting Graham's family in Memphis)...

When my mom was in Chicago, we went to Piece and she fell in love with their white pizza.  She doesn't have any good pizza options in her town so we attempted a version of their white pizza tonight.  I've often heard that traditional white pizza is made with Alfredo sauce; however, Piece's is made with a layer of garlic and olive oil. Now Mama Bear won't have to go to the corner store to get a frozen pizza anymore!

We started with a wheat pizza crust recipe from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle from Barbara Kingsolver.  We cut it in half since the recipe was for two medium pizzas.  While the dough rose, we roasted a bulb of garlic - next time, two bulbs will be roasted.  We used whatever veggies were available - sun dried tomatoes, caramelized onions, mushrooms, broccoli (from the garden) and ripe olives.  We were worried about the crust being too dry but it came out wonderfully crisp and had a great flavor.  The only change would have been more garlic and something with a tomato flavor on the other half (preferably fresh tomatoes from the garden).  

Dissolve 1.5 teaspoons of dry active yeast in .75 cups warm water.

Add in 1.5 tbsp olive oil and .5 tsp salt in to the yeasty water.  (It looks like an egg, which reminds me...  My mom's neighbor (who has a crush on my hot mama) brought over some blue eggs that we've been eating for breakfast and in salads.  The yolks are so bright and big and yet the overall taste of the eggs are so light!)

Mix in 1.25 cups of white flour and 1 cup of wheat flour.  

We had to add in water slowly and we didn't even finish adding in all the white flour.  The dough seemed a little bit of a tough consistency - but it ended up fine.  Let it rise for about an hour or so.  

While the dough is rising, roast the garlic.  Cut off the top of the bulb, place it in a foil bowl and drizzle with olive oil.  Close up the foil bowl and place in a 450 degree oven for about an hour.  Check on it every once in a while and drizzle with more oil if necessary.  

Caramelize the onions - slice them into half moons, saute them over medium-low heat for about 30 minutes until brown and shriveled in size.

Prepare whatever else you are going to add.  If your mom is around, have her cut some olives...

...mushrooms and broccoli.

Once the dough has risen, spread it out onto a prepared pan (drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with corn meal to prevent sticking).

Smear the smashed roasted garlic and olive oil onto the dough with the back of a spoon.

We made half of the pizza with sun dried tomatoes, caramelized onions, mushrooms and the other half with olives, broccoli and mushrooms.

Cover the whole thing with cheese - mozzarella, Parmesan and goat cheese (if you have it).

Enjoy with hot pepper flakes!  

Happy cooking!

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