Thursday, October 4, 2012

Veggie Herb Crust Pizza Piled High

Veggie Herb Crust Pizza Piled High
I’ve been making a lot of pizza lately and trying different toppings! I got a bit carried away with this one and piled it much too high but the dough holds well and is nice and crispy of course I had some of the vegetable spill over the edge – nothing a fork or finger can’t pick up. A great pizza should have a spicy garlicky sauce, but that is just my opinion – followed by fresh vegetables and some marinated ones too if you like.

Makes one large pizza.

Heat the oven to 500 degrees – pre bake 8 minutes add toppings and bake 20-25 minutes

Ingredients for Spicy Red Sauce
32 oz can crushed tomatoes in sauce. You can also use fresh tomatoes
3 cloves garlic minced
1 teaspoon cracked red pepper
1 tbsp olive oil – I use coconut always because it retains it's healthful properties at high heat
½ - ¾ tsp sea salt

heat the oil
add the garlic, salt, cracked pepper, sauté for a minute then quickly add the crushed tomatoes. Stir for a couple of minutes turn off heat and set aside. You can make this in advance and you might not use all the sauce so save some for your next pizza or add it to pasta.

Pizza Dough
1 ½ cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp sea salt
2  teaspoon instant yeast
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp maple syrup or agave
Option. 1 tsp each oregano, sage, thyme to dry mixture makes nice herb crust
1 cup warm water between 105-115 degrees
oil to grease bowl

all the dry ingredients including above including yeast in a mixing bowl – use a whisk to to thoroughly mix it up.

1. add maple syrup, and oil to 1 cup warm water and pour into large mixing bowl water should be about 105-115 degrees
2. add the dry ingredients to the water a little at a time and mix well with a large spoon and then with your hands, it should start to form a ball. Knead the dough for 1 minute you can do this in the bowl or on floured surface.   Put the dough back in a clean oiled bowl and lightly oil the dough and cover with clean cloth or clear wrap and set aside for 1.5-2 hours in warm place. The dough will rise.

Use a large pizza pan.
Note:  if you are using a pizza  pan to bake apply a thin layer of cornmeal or rolled oats to prevent sticking. when putting dough on pan press lightly and work from center to the outer edges until a nice circle is formed. 

Directions for Baking
1.Pre Bake the pizza dough for 8 minutes at 500 degrees. 
2.Remove and add the red sauce  followed by the toppings of your choice. If using a leaf like kale I add that on top of the sauce with other toppings on top of that.

Suggested Toppings
I’ve tried a few variations but the photo below was totally loaded – maybe too much but it was still so good.

Artichoke hearts - marinated or not
Eggplant thinly sliced marinated or not– I pre baked the slices in oil and sea salt
Onions thinly sliced
Tomatoes or sun dried
Olives green or kalamata
Peppers roasted red
Thinly sliced kale or arugula
Fennel thinly sliced

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