Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pizza Toppings

181. We've been experimenting with a variety of pizza toppings. Although I love to order pizza or go to a pizzeria, homemade pizza is just as delicious.
When we make pizza at home, I usually make my dough from "scratch". Yes, flour, yeast, water. You can find my recipe here. You could also purchase a pre-made pizza dough from your local pizza shop, find dough in the freezer section of your grocery store or shop Trader Joes Market in the prepared food coolers for pizza dough.
We tried two different toppings, broccoli and tomato.
Broccoli Topping for Pizza

2 cups chopped, fresh broccoli
2 cloves garlic crushed
olive oil
salt/pepper
parmesan cheese
mozzarella cheese
pizza dough

Saute the broccoli in olive oil till bright green, add garlic and seasoning. Set aside to cool. Spread broccoli on prepared pizza dough and sprinkle parmesan cheese over broccoli evenly. Top with mozzarella cheese and bake in a 450 degree oven till cheese is browning lightly.
Stewed Rosemary Tomato Topping for Pizza

4 fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, remove rosemary leaves from stem
salt/pepper
olive oil
mozzarella cheese
pizza dough

Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil for approximately 3 minutes, add tomatoes and seasoning. Saute till tomatoes begin to break down but color is bright. Set aside to cool. Spread stewed tomato on prepared pizza dough and sprinkle rosemary leaves evenly over. Top with mozzarella cheese and bake in a 450 degree oven till cheese is browning lightly.
The type of cheese you use is important. Whole milk mozzarella will give you a better overall covering and will add flavor to your pizza. Finding a cheese mix with mozzarella, provolone and parmesan is a great combination as well.
For a large pizza I will use 2 to 3 cups of cheese.
I made this pizza in my Pampered Chef bar pan.
Once the pizza was done I sprinkled whole fresh basil leaves over the top.
This was scrumptious!!! We really like using the stewed tomato topping on grilled pizza and crusty bread slices also.


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in order that I may learn how to do it. "
~Pablo Picasso

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2 comments:

Carol at Serendipity said...

Lovely! Looks delicious. Your photography is stunning.

Carol

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Yum! The pizza looks good. I will take the tomato topping.
Have a great weekend.

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