Now that’s Amore! Pizza! Pizza is one of those romantically fun finger foods. A quick fix on a Friday night for two, or just hanging with the friends over a few beers and great conversation. A mixture of flavours and textures in every delightful bite, made any way you want it. While some enjoy the standard pizzas we have all grown up with, others are becoming a bit more discerning and venturing outside of the pizza box to explore new combinations. Lately I have enjoyed different barbecue sauces instead of the standard tomato sauce and just recently discovered that ranch dressing was a delightful addition to my pizza. Last year my freshly made pesto made an appearance as the base of my pizzas, and that was truly amazing. Meats like chicken or steak bites make a nice topping, but the best of all, my favourite is a combination of fresh veggies. I usually use a trio of whatever shows up in my CSA box. This week spinach, asparagus and spring onion was the topping of choice for me. Play around with alternate cheeses as well. I just discovered the amazing taste of melted Havarti. A dash of herbs or fresh basil tucked between layers helps the tender leaves not to burn.
HOMEMADE PIZZA DOUGH
- 1 1/4 cup water,
- 3 T oil
- 3 cups organic spelt flour
- 1 T sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
Add ingredients in order listed into bread machine on dough cycle.
Divide dough in two(can be refrigerated at this point) and smooth out onto well oiled pizza stone or pizza pan.
Prebake for 10 mins at 400 degrees.
This recipe makes two pizzas. The dough will stay in the fridge for a few days waiting to become pizza, or can be frozen for later in time.
It seems anything goes on a pizza. I am suggesting you use things that are ready and waiting at hand in the fridge.
- Tomato Sauce
- Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
- 1 T Olive oil
- Fresh Asparagus chopped
- Chopped Onion
- Chopped Tomato
- Sliced smoked sausage
- Grated Parmesan Cheese
Saute garlic in 1 Tablespoon olive oil. Remove garlic before it browns and reserve. Throw chopped onion and chopped asparagus in the pan and continue to sauté for 5 minutes, just to soften the vegetables. Add back the garlic and toss to coat evenly.
Take pizza crust out of oven, cool. Spread enough tomato sauce to cover the crust in a thin layer. Sprinkle Mozzarella evenly. Next distribute onion/asparagus/garlic mixture. top with chopped tomato and sliced smoked sausage. Sprinkle oregano and parmesan cheese on top. Pop in 400-425 degree oven and bake for 12 to 14 minutes. Check bottom of crust to make sure it is browned. Let pizza rest for 5 minutes, slice and serve.
An alternative to 2 pizzas is a pizza and bread sticks. Just spread the crust out the same and cut into strips before baking. Bake until done about 12-14 minutes.