Sunday, August 28, 2011

Weekends = Build-Your-Own-Pizza Night!

I love pizza. Period.  I could literally eat it for every single meal.  Too bad it's so unhealthy!  We love to make homemade pizza and as crazy as it may sound it's really easy to make your own homemade, whole wheat pizza dough.

Tonight we are making Magherita Pizza! Yummy!  First I made a batch of whole wheat pizza dough and Sam helped me roll it out for our pizza.  He love, love, loves Margherita Pizza.  It's the craziest thing!

Margherita Pizza on Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

1 1/2-2 cups low fat mozzarella cheese
1/4-1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tomato, thinly sliced
8-10 fresh basil leaves
*optional- roasted garlic
2 tbs olive oil

*Roasted garlic is not optional in our house! We love it, it adds great flavor and is really easy to make.  Cut the top off of a bunch of garlic, drizzle some olive oil on the top, wrap it in foil and roast in a 325 degree oven for about an hour.  When you're ready to build your pizza, open it up and squeeze the roasted garlic out directly onto the crust.  It is delicious!

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Roll out dough to desired thickness and bake on a pizza pan for about 5 minutes.  Remove from oven and coat with garlic, then olive oil.  Sprinkle cheese on top and place tomatoes and basil on top of cheese.  Return to the oven for 10-15 minutes until cheese is bubbly and just beginning to brown.

Ready to go in the oven!
One of the great things about this dough recipe is that it makes enough dough for 2 large pizzas when rolled out.  We never need two so I always roll the extra out into smaller crusts (small enough to fit in a freezer bag) bake them for 5-7 minutes and freeze them for a later meal.  They are great when you just don't feel like making dinner or when Sam's BFF, Emerson, comes over for a lunch date!

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