Thursday, January 24, 2008

Pizza!

This is Barbara Kingsolver's family pizza dough recipe, and it's very easy to make. It makes two pizzas about 12" in diameter, but you could also use it to make one giant pizza, or a few small ones. Of course there are infinite topping possibilities, but here are three of my seasonal favorites.


For the dough:

3 tsp yeast
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 C warm water
3 Tbs olive oil
4 1/2 C flour (BK recommends 2 C whole wheat and 2 1/2 C white)

Dissolve the yeast in the water. After it is thoroughly dissolved, add the salt and oil, and then add the flour, kneading well for about 8 minutes. Place the dough in a bowl, cover with a towel, and let rise for approximately 30-40 minutes in a warm place. When the dough has risen, divide it into two balls and roll each out on a well floured board. Transfer to a floured stone or pan and top with the toppings of your choice. Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes.


Classic Potato Pizza:

3-4 medium yukon gold potatoes
1 Tbs fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped
Olive oil
Sea salt and pepper
Grated mozzarella cheese, to taste

Steam the potatoes until they are just tender. Let cool and then slice into thin slices. Drizzle the pizza dough with olive oil and then arrange the potatoes on top, allowing a little overlap. Sprinkle with sea salt and rosemary, and drizzle with more oil. Top with the cheese.


Sun-dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Pizza:

4 oz soft goat cheese
1 C sun-dried or roasted tomatoes, packed in oil
1 tsp fresh oregano, chopped
2 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
Olive oil
Sea salt and pepper
Grated mozzarella cheese, to taste

Drizzle the pizza dough with a little olive oil and top with the tomatoes, goat cheese (crumbled or sliced), and herbs. Season with salt and pepper, drizzle with a little more oil, and top with the cheese.


Sweet Potato and Proscuitto Pizza:

1/2 onion, sliced thin
2 Tbs butter
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 Tbs fresh thyme leaves
1/8 lb proscuitto di parma
1/4 C grated parmesan cheese
Grated mozzarella cheese, to taste
Olive oil
Ground pepper

In a small pan, cook the onions in the butter over a low flame, stirring constantly, until caramelized. Meanwhile, steam the sweet potatoes until tender. When the onions are finished, spread them over the pizza dough, and add a little bit of olive oil. Layer the potato chunks, the proscuitto, and the thyme, and season with ground pepper. Drizzle with a little more olive oil. Add the mozzarella and sprinkle the parmesan on top.

2 comments:

jasmine said...

i love pizza it seems so delicious

jasmine
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salvatograsso86 said...

Hello!

What a good pizza!!

Very nice blog!