Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Arrogant Chef Gourmet Pizza

I have been playing around with various dough recipes and toppings. This veggie pizza is quite tasty. What I really need is a better oven. Basically for the toppings I am using onions, mushrooms, green peppers, red pepper,  sliced green olives, my homemade pizza sauce, (make your own or buy store bought),  jalapeno peppers, and to make things simple Kraft Four Cheese Shredded Mix.

The Arrogant Chef Gourmet Thin Crust Pizza

1 cup hot water
1Tbsp honey
1.5 Tbsp Yeast
1 tsp salt
2 cups flour (more or less) (You can also add dried herbs to the flour for a flavored crust)
Olive oil
Should make 2 pizzas

Dissolve honey in the hot water
Add yeast - let it froth (about 5 minutes)

Sift in the flour and salt, (dried herbs if desired) work until mixed
Place dough in oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth and let rise about 30 minutes Divide into 2 balls.

Spread thinly on an oiled pizza stone brush lightly with olive oil (for best results use a pizza stone), garnish with sauce only, herbs (you can experiment with different herbs).That is part of the fun.
Bake in hot oven (500 F) for 5 minutes.

Remove from oven and add toppings as desired. To begin try veggie pizza with chopped onions, strips of green peppers, thinly sliced mushrooms, tomato slices and sliced olives (you can get pizza olives in the grocery store.)

Return to oven and bake for 12 minutes or until the crust begins to turn golden. Be careful not to overcook or the crust will be tough rather than crunchy. Remove from oven and let sit for a couple of minutes before cutting

If you wish to use meat, cook the meat first. That would include bacon, steak, chicken, sausage etc. Remember that with gourmet pizza less is more. Usually include no more than 2 or three toppings with the cheese. Also experiment with different cheeses.

Have a pizza making contest party. The possibilities are endless.