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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Margherita Pizza

Yummy, yummy, yummy! I really like this pizza. It's a great vegetarian dinner too. If you want to make this recipe easier buy a readymade crust.


MARGHERITA PIZZA
(serves 8-10)

Crust Ingredients:
*1 cup warm water
*1 package active dry yeast
*1 teaspoon sugar
*1 teaspoon salt
*2 teaspoons olive oil
*2 1/2 cups flour
*1 teaspoon ground basil
*1 teaspoon ground oregano
*1 egg white
*1 tablespoon water
*1/2 teaspoon garlic salt (optional)
*1/2 teaspoon poppy seed (optional)
*1/2 teaspoon sesame seed (optional)
*corn meal

Pizza Ingredients:
*1/4 cup olive oil
*1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
*1/2 teaspoon sea salt
*8 roma tomatoes, sliced
*1 teaspoon dried basil
*1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
*1 1/2 cups fontina cheese, shredded
*1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
*1/2 cup feta cheese, grated
*1/8 cup green pepper, chopped very small (optional)
*1/8 cup red pepper, chopped very small (optional)

Crust Directions:
~In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast & sugar in the water.
~Allow the yeast to proof, about 10 minutes.
~In a large bowl, mix flour, salt, oregano, basil and olive oil.
~Mix in yeast mixture.
~Sprinkle flour on a clean dry surface.
~Knead dough, until it is no longer sticky. You may need to add another 1/4 cup of flour, but no more.
~Place the dough into a well oiled bowl, and cover with a damp cloth.
~Let the dough rise until double. About 1 hour.
~Punch down the dough, and form into one tight ball (more if you are going to make personal pizza's).
~Let dough sit for a few minutes.
~Roll out dough to desired thickness.
~Mix egg white & water together.
~Paint a light layer of egg wash on outer edge of pizza.
~Sprinkle with desired amount of garlic salt.
~Spray the pizza stone, pizza pan or cookie sheet with pam.
~Sprinkle corn meal on pan.
~Put flour on hands and flatten pizza dough to desired thickness.
~Place dough on pizza stone, pizza pans, or cookie sheet.
~In a small bowl, mix egg & 1 tablespoon water.
~Brush outer edge of pizza crust with egg wash.
~In a small bowl, mix garlic salt, poppy seed & sesame seed.
~Sprinkle seasoning mixture over egg wash.
~Bake in 400 degree oven for 10 minutes.
Pizza Directions:
~In a medium bowl, stir together olive oil, garlic, salt, & dried basil.
~Toss with sliced tomatoes.
~Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
~Mix mozzarella, fontina, parmesan & feta cheese together.
~Brush pizza crust (after it has been pre-baked for 10 minutes) with some of the tomato marinade.
~Sprinkle pizza evenly with cheese mixture.
~Arrange tomatoes over top of cheese.
~Sprinkle red & green peppers over tomatoes.
~Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown.

Variation:
`substitute a homemade pizza crust with the
pre-baked pizza crust. You do not need to bake before putting your toppings on.

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