Quick, Thin-Crust Pizza


This tasty pizza recipe was inspired by Jamie Oliver's and will become a

staple in your last-minute dinners! It lacks the greasiness, preservatives, and hidden sugar of its frozen or take-away counterparts and will leave you satisfied. Serve it up with a salad or other veggie side, top it with whatever you have around or prefer, and comment on your favorite toppings. In my house that usually means my home-made pizza sauce (you can find that recipe at the bottom); thinly-sliced bell peppers; Monterey Jack, mozzarella, or cheddar cheese (or a combination); and a last grating of Parmesan cheese and a garnish of small basil leaves.



Quick, Thin-Crust Pizza

Dough (makes 4 medium, thin-crust pizzas):

Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup white flour + a little extra to prevent sticking (I use unbleached)

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

herbs (whatever you have-rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil)

grate in 1-2 cloves garlic (depending on size. If you use fresh cloves rather than the jarred garlic or garlic powder then you will not get garlic breath/aftertaste)

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

a splash of water

almond meal to dust the surface (you can also use plain flour or corn meal which gives a nice crispy texture, but I prefer the almond meal for a fun and interesting addition to the texture)

  1. Mix dry ingredients in food processor

  2. Add yogurt and mix

  3. Add water very slowly until the dough starts to form a ball as it goes around. Only add a few drops at a time-it’s very easy to add too much (in which case simply add a little more flour

  4. Once the ball has formed remove from food processor and lightly dust with flour to prevent sticking

  5. Lay dough on almond meal-dusted surface

  6. Divide dough into 4 (or 3 if you want them bigger or thicker crust)

  7. Roll out one ball into a thin layer

  8. Place dough in metal-handled pan on the stovetop. The pan should have already been warmed at a medium heat with a drizzle of olive in it and the dough should take up the bottom of the pan and go up the sides a little.

  9. Add toppings (sauce, meat, vegetables, cheese, any additional herbs etc.) and allow to cook until the bottom of the crust is cooked. This should take about 3-5 minutes

  10. Put in broiler for approximately 2-3 minutes just to make the cheese and other toppings crispy. Watch it carefully to make sure it doesn’t burn.

Pizza Sauce

1 14.5 oz can tomatoes

2 heaping tablespoons sun dried tomatoes (from jar)

Splash of balsamic vinegar (about 1 tsp)

Pepper

Generous amount of basil and oregano (or whatever herbs you prefer)

1-2 cloves garlic

Blend everything in a blender and simply pour on top of the pizza.


Divide and roll out your dough balls

Place dough in pan and add toppings

Once the bottom is cooked transfer to broiler

Remove from broiler and allow 1-2 minutes for cooling

Transfer to a cutting board and cut

#Dinner #Quick #Vegetarian