Pizza…Healthy and Homemade

Craving Pizza…

But consider it “junk food”?  It doesn’t have to be.  Think of pizza as a  healthy meal. I invite you to read my blog,  Can Pizza Be Part of a Healthy Diet? Just click and read.

You’ll read delicious tidbits about the most favorite “take out” food  and learn all the healthy benefits a well made pizza can offer you. I’ve included a great recipe for pizza dough plus a link to my Homemade Organic Cauliflower Pizza Dough which also can be found under “Vegetarian” in the drop down menu.

50 Shades of…Pizza!

Pizza ideas are positively endless.  How about thinly sliced fresh mozzarella cheese, a few basil leaves and a drizzle of good olive oil.  Add a few thin slices of prosciutto or a handful of mushrooms or even sliced artichoke hearts.  Maybe a scathering of sliced black olives or roasted tomatoes.   See?  Endless.

 

homemade-pizza

Basic Pizza Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 large can of San Marzano tomatoes

⇒ These are the absolute best canned tomatoes to use in any recipe…trust me. You may spend a tad more but if you’re making an effort to prepare a delicious homemade sauce…spend the extra dollar and make the best.

  • Place the tomatoes and their juice in a saucepan. Wash your hands, dig in and crush the tomatoes by hand.  Hey…just think of it as part of the experience.
  • Add 1 tsp kosher salt and a drizzle of good olive oil
  • Simmer slowly, stirring occasionally, over medium to medium-low heat until the sauce thickens a bit, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Cool

Pumped up Pizza & Dipping Sauce

This sauce is perfect as a dipping sauce for bruschetta, garlic bread or fried mozzarella sticks.

⇒ Click here to get my recipe Homemade Garlic Bread.  You’re going to love it.

  • 1 large can San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 Tbls good quality olive oil
  • 2 Cloves garlic, peeled and smashed with the flat side of a knife
  • 2 Tsp quality Italian balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tsp fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 Fresh basil leaves
  • S&P

Directions

  • Using a food processor or immersion blender, puree everything and transfer to a saucepan to simmer over medium heat until it thickens, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Garnish with a few basil leaves and enjoy.

More simple but delicious suggestions…

cheese-pizzaBasic pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese.  Drizzle a little olive oil over the top and bake in a hot oven.  When it’s done, drizzle a little olive oil over the top and enjoy a slice.

OR…

Prepare the Pumped up Pizza Sauce, scatter thinly sliced red onions and chopped fresh parsley. Sprinkle some grated pecorino cheese on top and bake.

Tips for the perfect pizza

Heat your pizza stone in the oven at 500 degrees to get a perfect crust.  While it’s heating, prepare the dough on a lightly floured surface or right on the pizza peel, if you have one. First goes a thin layer of sauce and then your cheese and toppings of choice.  Dust the pizza stone with a little cornmeal, place the pizza on top and pop it into the oven.  Bake 5-6 minutes and if you prefer a charred crust, turn the oven to broil and let it cook 2 minutes more…but keep an eye on it.

⇒ Click here to check out a terrific pizza stone that’s very affordable.

Please come back often as I’ll be adding more delicious recipes…on my way to 50 Shades of…Pizza!

I welcome your comments and feedback, below.  Do you have a favorite pizza recipe to share?  I’d love to try it.

Skål


 

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