Thursday, June 17, 2010

Best pizza I ever made

Have you seen the Food Network show The Best Thing I Ever Ate? Well, if you have then imagine this is my episode of the best pizza I ever made. And maybe even the best pizza I ever ate, which is saying a lot considering the amazingness of Pizzeria 712. The crust alone is to die for, so don't cheat and make a different crust or buy something pre-made - it's worth the time (oh, did I mention you need to start it about 6 hours before you want to serve it?) And without further ado, I give you:

Pizza Bianca with Goat Cheese and Greens

  • 3/4 cup warm water (105°F to 115°F)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast (from 1 envelope)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups (about) unbleached all purpose flour

Seasoned oil
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

  • 1 bunch Swiss chard (about 10 ounces), white ribs cut away
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced

  • Yellow cornmeal
  • 8 ounces whole-milk mozzarella cheese, coarsely grated
  • 4 ounces soft fresh goat cheese, crumbled (about 1 cup)

For crust:
Pour 3/4 cup water into large bowl. Sprinkle yeast over; stir to blend. Let stand 10 minutes to dissolve yeast. Add oil and salt, then 1 1/2 cups flour. Stir until well blended (dough will be sticky). Turn dough out onto generously floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, adding just enough flour to prevent dough from sticking, about 5 minutes (dough will be soft). Shape dough into ball; place in large oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover bowl with kitchen towel. Let dough rise at cool room temperature until almost doubled, about 2 hours. Punch dough down; form into ball. Return to bowl; cover with towel and let rise until doubled, about 3 hours.

Meanwhile, prepare seasoned oil:
Mix oil, garlic, and red pepper in small bowl. Let stand 1 hour.

For topping:
Cook chard in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, about 2 minutes. Drain. Rinse under cold water; drain. Squeeze dry, then coarsely chop. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in small skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and stir 30 seconds. Add chard and stir 1 minute. Season to taste with salt.

Preheat oven to 500°F. Punch down dough. Form into ball; place on floured work surface. Cover with kitchen towel; let rest 30 minutes.

Sprinkle rimless baking sheet with cornmeal. Roll out dough on floured surface to 13-inch round. Transfer to baking sheet. Sprinkle mozzarella over dough, leaving 1-inch border. Scatter chard over mozzarella. Top with goat cheese. Brush crust edge with some of seasoned oil. Set aside 2 teaspoons seasoned oil; drizzle remaining oil over pizza.

Bake pizza until crust is brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven; brush edge with seasoned oil and serve.

Recipe found HERE

Jessie's variations:

I also added some fingerling potatoes on top. Just boil the potatoes until tender (about 10 minutes), slice thin and arrange on top of the chard. I also sprinkle a little bit of garlic salt with the cornmeal on the bottom.


Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

I will have to try this out for sure! THANK YOU!

Braydon said...

intresting to post in this nice
non voice projects