I love making pizza! And who doesn’t love eating it?? I have yet to meet some
weirdo person who doesn’t like pizza! It’s so easy to make the dough, and while it’s rising you can get all your fixings ready. I recently got a big jar of Kalamata olives and artichoke hearts at Costco, and I’ve made this Greek Pizza three times in the last week!! It is so delicious. I spread on a little tomato sauce mixed with a sun-dried tomato pesto I had in the freezer, gave it a nice layer of fresh mozzarella and a little feta, and sprinkled on the Kalamata olives and artichoke hearts. A delicious set of pizza toppings, great for if you’re a vegetarian or just in the mood for a vegetarian meal. With the artichoke hearts and the olives this pizza seems meaty, without any meat. I would love to add on a little handful of pine nuts, but since my body just randomly decided to become allergic to them recently, I unfortunately won’t be adding those on! So weird, not allergic to anything else, but if I pop a couple pine nuts in my mouth, oh boy do I know it. Some slivered toasted almonds would be great too, for adding a little texture.
I will note here that if you use any topping ingredients that soak/marinate in liquid and are a little wet, be sure to strain, pat with paper towel, and let set on the counter for a bit so you don’t end up with little water puddles on top of your finished pizza!
The pizza dough I make is one my Aunt gave me quite some time ago. My cousin has the Pizza Dough recipe on her blog. It makes enough dough for two pizzas so I knead it, let it rise to double, punch it down, cut it in two, then use one and wrap the second one up and freeze it. Or if you plan on using the second round of dough within the next day or two, just wrap it in plastic wrap and set it in the fridge. This week I made enough dough for 6 pizzas, portioned them into little rounds, let them rise once, wrapped them, and put them in the freezer. So nice to have pizza dough on hand to pull out of the freezer, especially perfect for using on a weeknight.
Some tricks I do to get a very yummy pizza crust: press it/roll it out thin, so it will be a nice cracker-y thin crust and not too doughy. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Have your oven nice and hot, at least 425 F or 450 F, and if you have a pizza stone, have it in the pre-heating oven. Par-bake it for 7-8 minutes or so, until it just starts getting a golden tint to it. Then take it out and go to town with your sauce and toppings, and cook to your liking!
So, what are you waiting for? I hope this inspires you to get cooking, and have fun making pizza! 🙂