Last weekend was game time. What better food for the game than pizza? Seriously, as if I need ANY Excuse to eat pizza? It is probably one of my favorite foods in the world. I wanted to make something pizza-y, and wanted it homemade. I started flipping through cookbooks and ran accross a White Pizza Recipe in Claire Robinson's 5 Ingredient Fix. My baby brother bought me this cookbook forever ago, and I really love it. I've barely made anything out of it, but intend to change that in the coming months.
So back to pizza. yeah. I heart it. totally. Guilty Pleasure. But I'm also picky about it... and there is no rhyme or reason to my pickiness. I gave it a whirl... I used Claire's recipe as a starter and modified as I saw fit.
1 package Trader Joe's pizza crust dough
a little flour(for rolling out dough)
garlic infused olive oil.
2-2.5 cups mozzarella cheese
1/2 small package of ricotta
After preheating the oven to 400F, I started by tossing a little flour on the counter and rolling out the dough until it was nice and thin (I like my crust skinny thin or super deep dish, told you I'm picky). I gave the pizza pan a quick spray with the olive oil and spread the crust on the pan. To keep the pizza white I took some tuscan herb/garlic olive oil blend and spread it over the top of the crust. I spread the mozzarella evenly over the surface. Then I dropped ricotta randomly over the surface and topped generously with oregano.
The final, special, ending involved 5 strategically placed slices of the really good, peppered salami. Bake for 25 min and enjoy.
A--maaaa--zing. Seriously, I really enjoyed this pizza. The salami and ricotta brought some good salty flavors together. It was so simple, and tasty. Plus, I really enjoyed using the garlic oil to get the flavor without using actual chunks of garlic on the pizza. This is definitely a keeper. I had intended to make a second one using spinach rather than salami, but decided we didn't need more food. I'll keep that one in mind for next time.
Seriously, TJ's, I also love you, although not as much as I love pizza. I'm so glad you are in the south hills now. I've used the dough several times over, making pizzas or for super calzones. TJ's, you made this all possible. Between your pizza dough and varietals of hummus and your close location to my future home, I see this as a long term relationship.
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