last night i had a pizza party.
we tried FOUR amazing types of pizza,
all inspired by cookinglight.
we made homemade dough and just used different
bases and toppings to create all these fab pizzas!
3 cups flour
1 package active dry yeast
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 cup warm water
1. mix all dry ingredients together
2. mix in water and oil
3. roll into a ball, and roll out onto a floured surface
(i like to bake the dough for about 10-15 minutes BEFORE putting
the toppings on to be sure it bakes all the way through)
3 cups fresh basil leaves
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
4 cloves garlic
1/4 grated parmesan cheese
1 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1. place all ingredients in a food processor
2. process until smooth
(this is the base to the chicken pesto pizza below!)
the happy hawaiian
base: 1/2 cup lower sodium marinara sauce
toppers: 4 oz turkey pepperoni slices
1 cup pineapple chunks (fresh or canned)
1/2 cup mozzarella
the chicken pesto
base: 1/4 cup prepared pesto
toppers: 3/4 cup shredded roasted chicken breast
1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper
1/3 cup grated fresh parmigiano-reggiano cheese
the farmers market
base: 1/3 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
toppings: 2 cups fresh cut asparagus
1/2 cup spring peas
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
1/2 cup fresh grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
(this was my fave... tasted super fresh and healthy.
almost like no other pizza i've ever tasted.
the lemon zest was an amazing addition!)
the greek austerity
base: 3/4 cup hummus
toppers: 6 sliced plum tomatoes
1/3 cup black olives
1/2 cup crumbled feta
1/2 chopped fresh basil
(i know what you're thinking...
hummus on a pizza?? it was SUPER good.
for all pizzas, bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes
or until crust is baked through and cheese is melted.
overall, we had a fabulous time trying out all these different combos.
it's super easy to just make up the dough, split the pizzas in half,
and try out a handful of ingredients!
a great way to spend a friday night if you ask me :)