Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Cooking in Season: Spring "Garbage" Pizza and Pizza Dough

Garbage pizza is one of my favorite meals to make.  The way we make pizza at my house is with a cast iron pizza pan.  You heat the oven to 350 degrees with the pan in the oven so that it heats up.  When it is good and hot, take it out of the oven and spread the dough onto the pan.  The easiest way to do that is to have had the dough sitting out warming up for a few hours.  I put it on a plate with some olive oil and spread it out a little. Then I toss it around a little like you would see on TV.  Then, once it is all spread out, put it on the hot pan.  There is not much room for play, so you will mess it up once or twice before you get the hang of it.  Bake it about ten minutes, take it out of the oven, flip it over and then add the toppings.  Flipping it is also a skill that takes a couple tries to master.  DO NOT BURN YOURSELF!  It's ok if it's not perfectly beautiful your first try.  It will still be yummy!  Once you add the toppings, bake it another ten maybe 15 minutes depending on how crispy you like your pizza to be.

Garbage pizza means whatever you have left over goes on your pizza
The pizza shown has pesto, mozzarella, broccoli, and zucchini

Dough Ingredients:
3/4 cup warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon yeast
2 cups bread flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
3 1/2 tablespoons salt
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup water
3 tablespoons olive oil
Combine first three ingredients, whisk and set aside.  Mix flour, salt, and sugar.  Add water and olive oil.  Add yeast mixture.  Mix and then knead for about ten minutes.  Place in oiled bowl and cover to rise in warm place.  Once the dough has doubled, about an hour, punch down and knead for 5 minutes.  Split into two dough balls.  Will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, also good to freeze.

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