Reuben Pizza

Tastes like a reuben sandwich

I love that pizza is so versatile and there is no end to the creativity of toppings.  This pizza tastes like a Reuben Sandwich. So easy … and oh so good!  ENJOY!

INGREDIENTS:
1 (1 pound) pizza dough
1/2 cup thousand island dressing
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
6 ounces deli sliced corned beef, cut into strips
1 cup sauerkraut – rinsed and drained
DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Grease a large pizza pan. On a lightly floured surface, roll the pizza dough out into a large circle about 14 inches across. Transfer to the prepared pizza pan and press up the sides.
2. Spread the salad dressing over the crust. Sprinkle with the Swiss cheese. Arrange corned beef over the cheese, Top with sauerkraut
4. Bake for approximately 24 minutes in the preheated oven, until cheese melts and toppings are heated and crust is golden brown.

Pizza Dough – This is the best pizza dough I have tried.  It is super easy, but you do need to remember to make it the day before as it sits in the fridge overnight.

Ingredients:

4 1/2 cups bread flour
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon instant yeast
1/4 cup olive oil
1 3/4 cups water (ice cold)
1 tablespoon sugar
cornmeal (or semolina flour) for dusting

Directions:
1. Mix the flour, salt and yeast in a large bowl.
2. Add the oil, water and sugar and mix until it forms a sticky ball of dough.
3. Knead on a clean surface for 5-7 minutes adding flour if it is too wet or water if it is too dry.
4. Cut the dough into three pieces and form them into balls.
5. Place the dough balls on a pan, spray them with oil and cover them with plastic.
6. Place the dough in the fridge and let it rest over night or up to three days.
7. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and form it into discs. Lightly flour the discs, spray them with oil, cover them with parchment paper and let them rest for 2 hours.
8. Flour (or oil) your hands and lay the dough across your knuckles. Lightly bounce the dough on your knuckles, turning it and stretching it until it reaches the size that you want.  Or … alternatively, roll out and shape into pizza pan.
9. Place the dough on a baking pan dusted with cornmeal.
10. Add your pizza toppings.
11. Bake in a preheated 450F oven until golden brown on top, about 20-22 minutes.

Source:  Closetcooking.com

Corned Beef, Swiss Cheese - tastes like a reuben sandwich

Fall for Pizza – Bacon, Butternut Squash and Kale Pizza

Butternut Bacon Pizza

I was finally able to overcome the strong urge to make my favorite pizza for the hundredth time (Grilled Chicken, Tomato and Pesto) and came up with a new delicious pizza and I’m so glad I did.  This pizza combines my favorite flavors of fall … Butternut Squash and fresh Sage along with super healthy Kale.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite home-made pizza dough
  • 1 small butternut squash,. cut into cubes
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped kale
  • 5 slices bacon
  • 6 oz. Ricotta cheese
  • 6 oz. mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Sage Chopped

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Peel and cut butternut squash into cubes (approximately 1-1/2 cups)

Cook bacon in pan until crisp and drain all but 2 tablespoons of drippings.  Break bacon into bite size pieces and set aside.

Cook squash in bacon drippings until tender, approximately 15 minutes.  Add Kale and saute 2 minutes.

Shape pizza dough and cover bottom with ricotta cheese then mozzarella cheese.  Add butternut squash, bacon, kale and sage.

Bake approximately 22 minutes or until crust in beginning to brown.

Butternut Bacon Pizza

Pizza for Dessert? YES! Apple Pie Dessert Pizza

Apple Dessert Pizza

Do you love pizza?  Do you love apple pie?  You will love this dessert pizza!  I was short on time so I did use the canned apple pie filling + 1 apple chopped.  I think this would be even better with all fresh apples.  I loved it … it has the perfect combination of apple and cinnamon.  ENJOY!

Apple Pie Dessert Pizza Recipe:

Ingredients:
Your favorite home made pizza dough
1 (21 ounce) can apple pie filling + 1 apple chopped
1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Glaze Ingredients:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Apple Dessert Pizza

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place pre-made pizza crust on an ungreased baking
sheet.  Spread apple pie filling over crust.  In a separate mixing bowl, mix oatmeal, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon until combined.  Add softened butter and mix until crumbly.  Sprinkle on top of the pizza.  Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
In a small bowl, mix together powdered sugar, milk and vanilla.  Stir until smooth.  Drizzle over pizza with a spoon.  Slice pizza and serve.

Source:  Sixsistersstuff.com

Apple Dessert Pizza

Pasta Princess’s Philly Cheese-steak Pizza

Philly Cheesesteak Pizza-Blog1

I had an idea to make this pizza and it took me almost a year to convince Tim to let me make it for him.  He doesn’t like to try “new or different” foods from what he is used to.  He loves Philly Cheese-steak sandwiches and I just knew he would love this pizza.

It didn’t take long to make and smelled fantastic.  As the timer went off I pulled it out of the oven, let it cool down a bit, and sliced it up.  I took some slices to Tim while he was watching sports. A few minutes later from another room I hear “You were right this is really good!”.   And who doesn’t love to be right?  🙂

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices of Steak-umm
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 Medium sized Sweet Onion sliced thinly
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
  • 1 Bag of Pizza Cheese (16 oz.)
  • Pizza Dough

Directions:

Cook Steak-umm over medium heat until the pink is gone and drain on paper towels.

Reserve a small amount of drippings in pan and add sliced red bell pepper, garlic and thinly sliced onions.  Cook over medium heat for approximately 3 minutes.

Prepare pizza dough by shaping and placing in pizza pan or pizza stone.  Cover pizza dough with cheese, add pieces of Steak-umm and pepper, garlic and onion mixture.

Bake at 450 for 20 minutes.


Philly Cheesesteak Pizza - Blog

Sausage, Red Pepper, Mushroom and Cheese Pizza

Sausage Mushroom Red Pepper Pizza

I have posted non-traditional pizzas but for those of you who prefer a “standard pizza” you’ll love this pizza with Sausage, Red Bell Pepper, mushrooms and extra cheese (this was Tim’s pick).  Once you make pizza at home you’ll never want to order take out pizza again!  It is ridiculously easy to make, especially if you have a food processor.  It literally takes the food processor less than 5 minutes to “make” the pizza dough and then the dough “rests”.   What could be easier?  The following recipe is a recipe I use for pizza dough using a food processor.  I’m sure it can be made by hand as well for those of you who like the “experience” of kneading the dough.  I’ve heard so many talk about the love of working the dough with their hands and enjoying it so much.  I never found much enjoyment in kneading dough – only icky sticky doughy fingers and hands!

Pizza Dough (Makes 2 large pizzas)

Ingredients:

  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups warm water (105-115 degrees F)
  • 3-1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

In a 2-cup liquid measure, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water.  Let stand until foamy, about 3 to 5 minutes.  Insert dough blade and add flour, salt and 2 teaspoons olive oil.

With machine running on dough speed, pour liquid through small feed tube as fast as flour will absorb it.  Process until dough cleans sides of work bowl and forms a ball.  Then process for 30 seconds to knead dough.  Dough may be slightly sticky.  Coat dough evenly with 2 teaspoons olive oil; transfer to a plastic food storage bag and seal the top.  Let rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes.  While dough is rising, prepare any pizza toppings.

Place dough on lightly floured surface and punch down (this is the fun part).  Roll into desired crust size and follow pizza recipe.

To Make the Pizza:

  • Brown 1/2 lb sausage and drain fat
  • I Red Bell Pepper – Chopped into small pieces
  • Mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 2 Cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Pizza Sauce (Homemade or store-bought will work)

Shape your dough, using a pizza pan, creating a small rim around the outside.  Spread a small amount of pizza sauce on your dough, followed by the cooked sausage, red bell pepper sliced mushrooms and finally top with mozzarella cheese.

Bake in a pre-heated 425 degree oven for approximately 20 minutes until cheese is lightly browned and bubbly.

Enjoy!

Pizza with Sausage. Mushrooms and Red Pepper

Pizza with Pesto, Grilled Chicken and Tomatoes

When I posted my first recipe for home-made pizza I talked about my on again off again love affair … with pizza.  Now that I have been making home-made pizza my love affair is going strong and I cannot stop!  I’m addicted!!  Making pizza is so much fun!  Pizza is so versatile and as far as toppings go … anything goes!  This is one of my favorite pizzas!  Try it and see for yourself!  Enjoy!

Basic Pizza Dough

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup warm water (about 110°)
  • 1 envelope (2 ¼ tsp.) instant yeast
  • 1 ¼ cups water, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups (22 oz.) bread flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • olive oil or non-stick cooking spray for greasing the bowl

Directions:

Measure the warm water into a 2-cup liquid measuring cup.  Sprinkle in the yeast and let stand until the yeast dissolves and swells, about 5 minutes.  Add the room temperature water and oil and stir to combine.

Place the flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Briefly combine the dry ingredients at low speed.  Slowly add the liquid ingredients and continue to mix at low speed until a cohesive mass forms.  Stop the mixer and replace the paddle with the dough hook.  Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.  Form the dough into a ball, put it in a deep oiled bowl, and cover with plastic wrap.  Let rise until doubled in size, about 1 ½ to 2 hours.  Press the dough to deflate it.

To bake, place a pizza stone in the lower third of the oven.  Heat the oven to 500° for at least 30 minutes.  Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface.  Divide the dough into two equal pieces.  Form both pieces of dough into smooth, round balls and cover with a damp cloth.  Let the dough relax for at least 10 minutes but no more than 30 minutes.

Working with one piece of dough and keeping the other covered, shape the dough and transfer to a pizza peel or round of parchment dusted with semolina or cornmeal.  Top as desired.  Slide the dough onto the pizza stone.  Bake until the crust edges brown and cheese is golden brown in spots, about 8 to 12 minutes.  Repeat with remaining ball of dough or freeze for later use.

Chicken Pesto Pizza
For the pesto:

You can use store-bought pesto, although I prefer home-made pesto – the taste is much better and it is a breeze to make.

Pesto alla Genovese

Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2004

Pesto Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves (packed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts or walnuts, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the basil, salt, and pepper and process for a few seconds until the basil is chopped. Add the cheese, pine nuts, and garlic and, while the processor is running, add the oil in a thin, steady stream until a mostly smooth sauce is formed. Transfer pesto to a bowl and set aside. (Note: Pesto may be made 1 day in advance and kept, refrigerated, in an airtight container, until ready to use. If making in advance, be sure to cover the top of the pesto with a thin layer of olive oil to prevent the pesto from darkening. Pesto may also be frozen in the same manner in small quantities for use at a later date.)  Note:  I freeze pesto in an ice-cube tray and then pop them into a zip lock bag.  I had almost a full bag of frozen pesto cubes from my basil this past summer.  It thaws quickly for use!

For the pizza:
1/2 batch basic pizza dough (enough for 1 pizza), at room temperature
Olive oil, for brushing
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Grilled chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces (about one chicken breast)
Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

Directions
To make the pizza, preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.  Place a pizza stone in the oven while it is preheating, and let it heat up for at least 30 minutes.  Place a round of parchment paper the size of your pizza stone on a work surface and lightly sprinkle it with cornmeal.  Place the pizza dough in the center and roll it out into a large round using a lightly floured rolling pin, or a pulling/stretching motion with floured hands (I use both).  Leave an approximately 1-inch border that is thicker around the edges for the crust.  Lightly brush this outer edge of the crust with olive oil.  Spread a thin layer of pesto on the pizza crust using the back of a spoon.  Sprinkle with a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese.  Top with grilled chicken pieces and sliced cherry tomatoes.  Season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste.

Carefully transfer the parchment round to the preheated pizza stone.  Place in the oven and bake until the cheese is bubbling and the crust is lightly browned, about 12-15 minutes.  Slice and serve immediately.

Dough and Pizza Source:  Annie’s Eats

Purple Potato Pizza with Sausage and Kale – Yes, I am a Purple Potato Eater

I came home from the grocery store with my bag of purple potatoes in hand and Tim took one look at the bag and out of his mouth came “I’m not eating purple potatoes”.  I smiled and said ok, I’m eating them!  Why do I love purple potatoes?   

  1. They are unusual – I like things outside the “norm”
  2. They are a pretty purple color (it’s a girl thing)
  3. They are healthier than white potatoes and rich in the antioxidant, anthocyanin. This flavonoid is most often found in blue, red and purple produce such as berries and pomegranates and has been shown to be an immune system booster.
  4. They taste good.

Yes, I am a purple potato eater and now I have officially eaten my first purple potato pizza.  Enjoy!

Pizza Dough (Makes 2 large pizzas)

Ingredients:

  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups warm water (105-115 degrees F)
  • 3-1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

In a 2-cup liquid measure, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water.  Let stand until foamy, about 3 to 5 minutes.  Insert dough blade and add flour, salt and 2 teaspoons olive oil.

With machine running on dough speed, pour liquid through small feed tube as fast as flour will absorb it.  Process until dough cleans sides of work bowl and forms a ball.  Then process for 30 seconds to knead dough.  Dough may be slightly sticky.  Coat dough evenly with 2 teaspoons olive oil; transfer to a plastic food storage bag and seal the top.  Let rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes.  While dough is rising, prepare any pizza toppings.

Place dough on lightly floured surface and punch down (this is the fun part).  Roll into desired crust size and follow pizza recipe.  Look how pretty the potatoes are before baking!

To Make the Pizza:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
  • 1/2 lb. browned sausage
  • 6-8 small purple potatoes
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Black Truffle Oil (or olive oil) 

Preheat oven to 425.

Brown sausage with garlic and drain excess fat, reserving a small amount of fat in the pan.  To the pan add chopped kale and saute until wilted.  Wash purple potatoes and put in a pot, covered with cold water.  Bring to a boil and boil for 8-10 minutes until tender.  Drain, and allow to cool.  Thinly slice the purple potatoes once cooled.

Once dough has risen and is shaped, prepare your pizza.  Using a pastry brush, brush the Black Truffle Oil (or olive oil) over the dough.  Add the mozzarella cheese, sausage, kale and thinly sliced purple potatoes.  Place in a preheated 425 oven for approximately 20 minutes.