Roasted Portabello Mushrooms, Fresh Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella
I don’t know why so many people buy those ready-made pizza crusts…while they look like pizza, they generally neither taste nor feel like pizza. Add to that the fact that they are usually overpriced, and they become even less exciting.
You know what? Pizza dough is actually absurdly easy, cheap and fun to make.
Though there are a lot of variations, this partly whole wheat dough is a family favorite for pizza night–the whole wheat flour adds a slightly nutty flavor and a nice nutritional boost (yay fiber!) If you really hate whole wheat, or don’t have any whole wheat flour in the pantry, you can use any other alternative flour or just use all white.
Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
Makes 2 medium pies–plenty for a family of 4 with leftovers
2 cups white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 envelope quick-rising yeast (a little more than 2 tsp)
2 tsp sea salt
1 1/4-1 1/2 c warm water
2 Tbsp olive oil
non-stick baking spray (I prefer the olive oil ones)
1. In a food processor, combine yeast, salt and flour.
2. With the machine on, slowly pour in oil and about 1 cup of the water.
3. With the machine still running, add remaining water, a little bit at a time, until you get a nice ball of dough. If it’s too dry, add more water. If it becomes overly sticky, add another couple of tablespoons of flour.
4. Dump the ball of dough onto the counter and knead for a few minutes.
5. Spray a large metal bowl lightly with baking spray and place the ball of dough inside.
6 Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for about two hours.
1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
2. Divide dough in half, and shape into two rounds.
3. Using a rolling pin, roll into larger rounds–about 1/2 inch thick works for me.
4. Carefully move crusts onto pizza pan, pizza stone or oiled baking sheet.
5.Top with desired toppings and bake for anywhere from 8-15 minutes (depending on oven and toppings.)
Yummy toppings include: 1. Mexican Pizza: veggie crumbles, beans and cheddar 2. tomato sauce, mozzarella and any kind of grilled vegetables 3. Roasted or grilled Portabello Mushrooms, fresh tomatoes and fresh mozzarella 4. veggie Canadian bacon, tomato sauce and pineapple
You can’t go too wrong, as long as you cook your veggies first!