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Truffle Pizza Recipe

Posted by Lock On November - 26 - 2014 2 COMMENTS

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Today we’re going o try something a little different. A unique pizza recipe that sure to tinglr your taste buds and delight your pizza loving friends and family.

We’ll be using truffle opil in the recipe. This is an ingredient that adds unique flavor and aroma to the traditional pizza taste.

Truffle oil is a modern culinary ingredient added to many foods, which is intended to impart the flavor and aroma of truffles to a wide variety of dishes. Most people are unaware that truffle oils are not, in fact, made from actual truffles, but are instead a synthetic product that combines a thioether (2,4-dithiapentane), one of numerous organic aromatics odorants found in real truffles, with an olive oil base. A few more expensive oils are alleged to be made from truffles or the by-products of truffle harvesting and production, though the flavor of truffles is difficult to capture in an oil.

Truffle Pizza Recipe

Ingredients:
* 1 tablespoon Yeast
* 1 cup Warm water (110 degrees)
* 1/4 cup Olive oil
* 3 1/2 cups Flour
* 2 teaspoons Salt
* 1 pound New potatoes; thinly sliced, blanched
* 1 cup Julienned red onions
* 2 tablespoons Extra-virgin olive oil
* Salt; to taste
* Freshly ground white pepper; to taste
* 1/2 cup Grated Parmigiano-Regginao cheese
* 1 Drizzle truffle oil
* 2 tablespoons Chopped chives

Directions:

Preheat the oven 400 degrees. In an electric mixer, whisk the yeast, water, and oil, together, to form a taste. Using a dough hook, add the flour and salt to the paste, mix the dough until the dough comes away from the sides and crawls up the sides of the hook. Remove the dough from the bowl and turn the dough into a greased bowl, cover. Let the dough rise until double in size, about 1 hour.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and divide into four 4-ounce balls, cover. Let the dough rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Press each dough out into a 10-inch circle about 1/2 – to 1-inch thick. Lightly brush the dough with olive oil.

Divide the potatoes into four portions and season with salt and pepper. Cover each dough with the potatoes, leaving a 1-inch border. In a small mixing bowl, toss the red onions with the extra-virgin olive oil.

Season with salt and pepper. Place a layer of the red onions on top of the potatoes. Sprinkle each pizza with the grated cheese. Drizzle each pizza with the truffle oil. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the crust is crispy and golden-brown. Garnish the pizza with chives.

Gluten Free Rice Crust Pizza Recipe

Posted by Lock On November - 24 - 2014 13 COMMENTS

Today I’ll be sharing a gluten free crust recipe that you can use for your favorite homemade pizza. The crust is made with rice flour. Before I share the pizza recipe I would like to tell you a little about gluten free ingredients and diet sources. You can find several products and resources that are considered gluten free in The HPC Pizza Supply Outlet.

There are several grains and starch sources that are considered acceptable for a what’s termed “gluten-free diets”. The most frequently used are maize, potatoes, rice, and tapioca (derived from cassava).

Other grains and starch sources generally considered suitable for gluten-free diets include but are not limited to amaranth, arrowroot, millet, montina, lupine, quinoa, sorghum (jowar), sweet potato, taro, teff, chia seed, and yam.

In some cases, various types of bean, soybean, and nut flours are used in gluten-free products to add protein and dietary fiber. In spite of its all to familiar name, buckwheat is not related to wheat at all. Buckwheat in it’s purest form, is considered acceptable for a gluten-free diet, although many commercial buckwheat products are actually mixtures of wheat and buckwheat flours. those that are restricted to toal gluten free diets must be cognizant of this. Typically it not accepted in these forms of diets. Gram flour, derived from chickpeas, is also gluten-free.

Hemp seed is a gluten free source of energy with digestible edestin protein. It’s a good balance of essential fatty acids, dietary fiber, as well as vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin E, Iron, Zinc, Copper and Magnesium.

Gluten is also used in foods in some unexpected ways, for example as a stabilizing agent or thickener in products like ice-cream and ketchup.

People wishing to follow a completely gluten free diet must also consideration the ingredients of any over-the-counter or prescription medications and vitamins as some of these products contain gluten derivatives.

I hope you enjoy the recipe…

Gluten Free Rice Crust Pizza Recipe

Ingredients:

Crust
2 1/2 cups cooked white rice

1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, grated

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/4 cup onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 tablespoon butter, melted

Topping

1 cup tomato sauce or pizza sauce

1/2 teaspoon oregano or basil, dried

3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, grated

1/4 cup Parmesan or asiago cheese, grated

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Mix the first four ingredients thoroughly. Spread evenly on the bottom of a
12-inch pizza pan or pie pan. Bake 15 minutes or until surface is lightly brown.

Sauté onion and garlic in the olive oil. Spread over the crust. Spread on the pizza sauce; add dry herbs if the sauce is bland. Sprinkle on the two kinds of cheese.

Return to the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes until the sauce is bubbly and the cheese is melted.

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Thin-Crusted Pizza With Chicken & Kalamata Olives

Posted by Lock On November - 22 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Thin-Crusted Pizza With Chicken & Kalamata Olives

Serves: 4

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 to 6 minutes

kalamata olive
[kahl-uh-MAH-tuh]

An almond-shaped Greek olive (also spelled calamata ) that ranges in length from about 1/2 to 1 inch. Kalamatas are a dark eggplant color and have a flavor that can be rich and fruity. They’re often slit to allow the wine vinegar MARINADE in which they’re soaked to penetrate the flesh. Kalamatas are marketed packed in either olive oil or vinegar.

Dough
* 1 envelope active dry yeast
* 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
* 2/3 cup warm water (105° to 115°F)
* 2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon kosher salt
* 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing the crusts

Toppings
* 3 cups thinly sliced grilled chicken meat
* 3/4 cup sliced, pitted kalamata olives
* 4 cups shredded fontina cheese
* 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
* 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley

1. In a medium bowl combine the yeast, sugar, and water. Stir briefly and let stand until foamy, 5 to 10 minutes. Add 2 cups of the flour, the salt, pepper, and the 2 tablespoons olive oil. Stir with your fingers until the dough holds together.  Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth, 8 to 10 minutes. Shape into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl. Turn the ball to cover the surface with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place until the dough doubles in size, 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

2. Punch down the dough in the bowl. Transfer it to a lightly floured work surface and cut into 4 equal pieces. Roll out each piece into an 8-inch round about 1/8 inch thick. Lightly brush both sides of each round with olive oil and place the rounds on baking sheets.

3. Gently slide the crusts from the baking sheet onto the grill and cook, uncovered, over direct medium heat (350° to 450°F) until grill marks are clearly visible, about 2 minutes. Don’t worry if the crusts bubble; they will deflate when you turn them over. Transfer the crusts to the baking sheets, with the grilled sides facing up.

4. Distribute the chicken, olives, cheese, onion, and parsley evenly among the crusts. Transfer the pizzas again from the baking sheet to the grill and cook, covered, over direct medium heat until the crusts are crisp and the cheese is melted, 3 to 4 more minutes.

5. Serve the pizzas warm, cut into wedges.

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History of Chicago Style Pizza

Posted by Lock On November - 20 - 2014 10 COMMENTS

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The Chicago-style “deep-dish” pizza that many people love was invented at Pizzeria Uno, in Chicago, in 1943, reportedly by Uno’s founder Ike Sewell, a former University of Texas football star. However, a 1956 article from the Chicago Daily News asserts that Uno’s original pizza chef Rudy Malnati developed the famous recipe.

The pizza’s foundation is simple. It uses a thick layer of dough (made with olive oil and cornmeal) that is formed to a deep round pan and pulled up the sides. The pizza crust is then parbaked before the toppings are added to give it greater spring.

Parbaking is a cooking technique in which a bread or dough product is partially baked and then rapidly frozen or cooled. The raw dough is baked as if normal, but halted at about 80% of the normal cooking time, when it is rapidly cooled and frozen. The partial cooking kills the yeast in the bread mixture, and sets the internal structure of the proteins and starches (the spongy texture of the bread), so that it is now essentially cooked inside, but not so far as to have generated “crust” or other externally desirable qualities that are difficult to preserve once fully cooked.

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Favorite World-Wide Pizza Toppings

Posted by Lock On November - 18 - 2014 1 COMMENT

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Around the world, pizza toppings vary greatly; reflecting regional tastes, indigenous foods and cultural preferences. Pizza remains a favorite dish regardless of geographical location.
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Amazing Whole Wheat Thin Dream Pie

Posted by Lock On November - 12 - 2014 3 COMMENTS

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The Amazing HPC Whole Wheat Thin Crust Dream Pie

I’ve recently been asked to post the recipe for the HPC Dream Pizza Pie on the blog. This recipe has been around for over 4 years now and is available for FREE download however I thought I would re-post it on the blog as well. If you want the downloadable version simply grab it from the links resources to the right of this post.

If you’ve never tried this pizza give it a try as it’s a favorite for our readers here at HomePizzaChef.

Suggestion – Make your dough the night before you plan to bake your pizza, this will allow plenty of time for the dough to rise and also adds to the flavor of your crust) OK… here we go!

Ingredients:
* 1 teaspoon white sugar
* 1 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C- No need to boil the water)
* 2 packages of Active Dry Yeast (AYD) – Easily obtained form any grocery store
* 1 small bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
* 1-teaspoon salt
* 1 ¼ cups of Stone Ground Whole Wheat Flour
* 1 ¾ cups of Enriched Unbleached Bread Flour
Accessories
1- Roller Pin (Or a rollable surface to flatten the dough)
1- 14” Perforated Pizza Pan (The kind with the holes punched into the bottom of the pan)
2- Large Bowls for Mixing
2- Kitchen towels or equivalent

Making The Pizza Dough
Pour 1-½ cups of warm water in a bowl (Approx 105 –115 degrees)
Empty the 2 packages of Active Dry Yeast into the bowl and stir until fully dissolved. Set to the side for approximately 20 minutes.

In a separate bowl mix the remaining dry ingredients (Whole wheat flour, enriched unbleached bread flour, salt, and the sugar).

Check the yeast mixture to ensure that the yeast has become active. It will appear to have increased in volume.

Slowly began to pour small amounts of the dry ingredients into the yeast and water mixture, stirring as you add the mixture. Continue to add the dry mixture until the mixture becomes solid and somewhat “clumpy”. Once you have added all of the dry ingredients to the yeast and water mixture, add approximately 1-½ teaspoons of olive oil to the mixture and continue to knead by hand. If needed, add a little more water to insure the dough is manageable. The kneading process can take 15 -25 minutes to make sure the dough is well blended.

Once the dough is well blended, cut the dough in half and roll (by hand) into (2) small dough balls. Roll the dough balls around in any leftover flour (plain white) that is available. Finally, with a small amount of olive oil, brush the dough balls lightly to moisten and place in separate bowls that you will cover with a wet kitchen cloth and place in the refrigerator overnight. For best results I suggest at least 8-12 hours… however you can use the dough if needed after 2-3 hours.

Preparing The Pizza Sauce

Ingredients:
1 –15 ounce can of tomato sauce
1- 6 ounce can of tomato paste
1 ½ teaspoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
1 teaspoon of ground oregano (Mediterranean preferred)
1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon of Basil Leaves (Mediterranean preferred)

Pour the tomato paste and tomato sauce into a bowl. Add all seasonings including the olive oil. Stir until all ingredients are thoroughly blended. This should result in a smooth tomato sauce… if more smoothness is desired add just a touch more olive oil. Set aside for 3-5 minutes.

Creating the pizza pie….

Once you’re ready to assemble the pizza, remove the dough from the refrigerator and let sit for approximately 15 minutes. The goal is to raise the temperature of the dough to room temperature…

Grab one of the dough balls and begin to shape the dough… refrigerate the leftover dough ball for future use.

Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out until it is “paper thin”… this can take 15-20 minutes… make the dough as thin as possible without tearing the dough.

Oil your pizza pan with olive oil by placing a fair amount of olive oil on a brush or a kitchen cloth. Spread evenly across the perforated pizza pan. Using a perforated pan will help create the quick baking effect that produces a crispier pizza crust. At this point we’re going to try something a little different. Pre-heat your oven to 300-325 degrees.

Once the oven is hot and BEFORE you dress your pizza… slide your pizza dough that you’ve stretched across your perforated pizza pan into the oven for NO MORE THAN 2 ½ minutes.

Remove the dough from the oven.

Now place your pizza stone in the oven. The dough has now been pre-heated and should be fairly warm. Crank your oven up to 425-450 degrees to make sue it is plenty hot prior to resuming the pizza bake.

Now we’re ready to add our pizza sauce. With a large spoon, spread your pizza sauce evenly across the pizza dough. Make sure the sauce is spread evenly across the entire pie.

Adding your pizza toppings…

OK… now we’re ready for the good stuff… here are the toppings that I use for this pizza…

Ingredients:
½ cup white or red onions (I prefer the red onions for the bold flavor…)
½ cup green pepper all seeds removed
½ cup small mushrooms
½ cup uncooked Italian Sausage – Usually found packaged in a plastic roll at any grocer
10- 15 small round slices of Canadian bacon
10- 15 small round slices of pepperoni
2 cup s finely shredded mozzarella cheese (you may use less or more depending on your taste)
1 cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese (measure to taste)

A sprinkle of freshly ground pepper

If you have a small automatic chopping machine use it… It’s perfect for this recipe. Place the onions,  peppers and mushrooms into the chopping machine and chop until very fine and small…

You should actually have to remove these ingredients from the chopping cup with a spoon. That’s how fine these ingredients should be… If no automatic machine is used, make sure you chop the onions, peppers and mushrooms into very small and fine portions…

Now evenly spread your cheeses across the warm pizza crust. Once your pizza sauce layer and cheese layer have been added, sprinkle the finely chopped mixture of onions, peppers and mushrooms evenly across the pizza.

Using very small pinches of Italian sausage, strategically place the Italian sausage across your pie. Once completed, add your slices of Canadian bacon and pepperoni evenly across the pizza. For better cooking, try not to overlap the meats. Once this is completed we’ll sprinkle the fresh ground pepper lightly across the entire pie.

We’re ready to slide the pizza back into the HOT oven for 6-8 minutes or until the edges of the crust are golden brown.

What’s left? Pull up a chair in the kitchen and anxiously wait for your masterpiece to complete the baking process. Once baked, carefully remove the hot pie and cut with a pizza cutter. WARNING – By this time family members and friend are probably gathering around your kitchen waiting to dig in…

Hide this secret recipe in a safe place so you can refer to it later…
ENJOY!

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The Evolution Of Pizza – By Kirsten Hawkins

Posted by Lock On November - 10 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

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Trying to trace the history of the first pizza is a surprisingly controversial subject. Some claim that this popular food is based on early unleavened breads served in the early centuries in Rome. Others trace a connection from modern pizza back to the pita breads of Greece.
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Italian Caponata Bruschetta

Posted by Lock On November - 8 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

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Italian Caponata Brushetta

Bruschetta (Italian pronunciation: [brus?ket?a]  ( listen)) is an appetizer from central Italy whose origin dates to at least the 15th century. It consists of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.

Serves: 4 (makes 8 pieces)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Grilling time: 12 to 15 minutes
Caponata

1 medium eggplant, about 12 ounces, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
Kosher salt
1 small yellow onion, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium tomato, seeded and roughly chopped
15 kalamata olives, pitted and finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon capers, drained
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
Freshly ground pepper

8 slices Italian or other coarse country bread, about 1/2-inch-thick and 4 inches wide
4 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled

1. Rub both sides of the eggplant slices thoroughly with salt. Allow them to sit in a colander placed in the sink or over a plate for about 30 minutes to draw out their bitter juices. Rinse the eggplant well and pat dry. Brush both sides of the eggplant and onion slices with the olive oil.

2. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).

3. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the eggplant and onion slices over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until tender, 10 to 12 minutes, turning once. Allow to cool. Coarsely chop the eggplant and onion slices and transfer to a medium bowl. Add the tomato, olives, basil, capers, vinegar, and garlic and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Grill the bread slices over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until toasted, 2 to 3 minutes, turning once. Divide the goat cheese evenly among the bread slices, spreading it with a knife. Spoon the caponata over the goat cheese, again dividing evenly. Serve at room temperature.

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Eggplant, Pepper-Pesto & Goat Cheese Pizza

Posted by Lock On November - 6 - 2014 9 COMMENTS

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This pizza is a preview from our upcoming HPC Premier Gourmet Collection to be released soon…

The pizza boasts tangy goat cheese, the sharp flavors of Parmesan, tender sautéed eggplant and bold pesto. This recipe creates a hearty fourteen-inch pizza that will have your pizza lovers begging for more.

Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time – Approximately – 1 Hour
A little longer if making pizza dough if made from scratch
(of course I recommend you make it from scratch)

Pizza Ingredients:

7 1/2 tablespoons olive oil… a little more if needed
1 1/2 to 2 pound eggplant, cut into 1/4 inch slices
3/4 tablespoon salt
1 pound of prepared pizza dough
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper (I use a tad bit more)
6 ounces mild goat cheese, such as Montrachet, cut into 1/4 inch slices
1/2 cup grated fresh Parmesan
1/2 cup of pesto (preferably homemade)

Quick Homemade Pizza Dough:

Making The Pizza Dough…

Ingredients:

* 3 1/4 cups unbleached flour
* 2 teaspoons salt
* 1 cup warm water
* 1 envelope active dry yeast
* 3 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

In a bowl, combine the flour and salt, and mix thoroughly. In a separate stainless steel bowl, combine the water and yeast, and using a whisk, add 2 tablespoons of oil. Let rest for 5 minutes. Pour the water into the center of the flour, and with a spatula, stir to combine well into a sticky mass. Pour this mass out onto a lightly floured surface and begin to knead the dough by working the dough with the heel of the palm of your hand.

Push outward and pull the inside edge over the top. Repeat the process over again to create a smooth ball of dough free of stickiness. Place the ball of dough into a clean stainless steel bowl that has been brushed with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

Cover with a clean cloth and let rise at room temperature for 1 1/2 hours or until it has doubled in size. When the dough has risen it can be rolled into a ball, which will later be patted into the traditional pizza shape.

Directions For Eggplant Topping:

Heat the oven to 450 degrees. In a large nonstick frying pan, heat 2 1/2 tablespoons of the olive oil over moderately high heat. Season the eggplant with the salt. We’re going to address the eggplant one batch at a time until it’s all handled. Fry one-third of the eggplant, turning until the eggplant has become golden (usually takes about 10 minutes). Remove the eggplant.

Repeat in two more batches with the remaining oil (using more if needed), until you’ve addresses the entire amount of eggplant.

Meanwhile, oil a 14 inch pizza pan or a large baking sheet. Roll and press the pizza dough onto the pan in an approximately 14-inch circle or you can use a 9-by-13 inch rectangle.ge the eggplant slices on the pizza crust layer.
Sprinkle the garlic and pepper over the top of the pie. Bake for approximately 12 minutes. After approximately 12 minutes, put the goat cheese slices on the pizza and sprinkle with the Parmesan, then dot evenly with pesto.
Bake until the cheese begins to turn golden (about 15 minutes).
Note: Sauvignon blanc is a remarkably versatile wine, and really goes well with goat cheese and basil. If you would like to view a very nice selection of wines visit our friends at WineLegacy.com


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Hawthorne Lane`s Pepperoni Pizza Recipe

Posted by Lock On November - 4 - 2014 1 COMMENT

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A Monster Of A Pie!

Ingredients:

* 2 pc. Pizza dough (see below)
* 1 teaspoon Virgin olive oil
* 2 cups Whole milk mozzarella cheese, grated (loosely packed)
* 1/2 cup Buffalo mozzarella, cubed into 1/2″ pieces (about 4 oz.)
* 1 Red bell pepper, roasted, peeled and sliced into 1/4″ strips
* 12 Kalamata olives
* 2 tablespoons Grated Parmesan cheese
* 2 ounces Gingrass Family Smoked Pepperoni, sliced very thinly (1/8″ or less)
* 2 tablespoons Chopped Italian parsley

Pizza Dough
* 4 cups All purpose flour
* 1 1/2 cup Warm water (about 90 F.)
* 1 teaspoon Salt
* 1 teaspoon Fresh yeast
* 1 1/2 teaspoon Honey
* 1 tablespoon Olive oil

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 500 F. and place a baking stone or tile in to heat.

Roll the dough into roughly 10 ” rounds using a pie pin or by pounding and stretching the dough.

Sprinkle a light cutting board or pizza peel with cornmeal or semolina and lay the dough down on it. Brush the olive oil over the center of the dough then spread the mozzarella cheese evenly over the dough, leaving a half-inch rim without cheese.

Arrange the cubed buffalo mozzarella, the olives and the roasted peppers over the cheese. Finally, slide the pizzas into the oven.

Bake for five minutes then remove from the oven and arrange the sliced pepperoni over the cheese and sprinkle the Parmesan over. Return to the over and continue to bake for five more minutes or until the edge of the crust becomes golden brown and the cheese bubbles in the center.

Remove from the oven and place on a cutting board. Sprinkle the chopped Italian parsley over and cut into six or eight pieces. Serve immediately. Pizza Dough makes dough for six pizzas Combine the salt, flour and honey in an electric mixer and mix using the dough hook to distribute evenly.

Add the water and yeast and mix for two minutes on low speed to bring the dough together. Increase the speed to medium and mix for six minutes, pushing the dough back into the mixing bowl if it creeps up the side. Add the olive oil and mix until the dough has absorbed to oil and comes back together. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead by hand to stiffen. Form into a ball and allow to rest for 30 minutes under a damp cloth. Scale into 4-1/2 oz. pieces then form into tight balls by rolling under your hand.

Deep Dish Pizza Crust Sampler

Posted by Lock On November - 2 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS
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 What You’ll Need To Make The Pizza Crust

2-3 Large Bowls

12” Pizza Pan

Pizza Brush

Ingredients:

* 3 cups all-purpose flour

* 1/8 cup olive oil

* 2 jumbo eggs — room temperature

* 2 tablespoons thyme

* 1-cup warm water

* 1 package rapid rise yeast

* 2 teaspoons sugar

Great Mediterranean Pita Pizza Recipe

Posted by Lock On October - 31 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

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Ingredients:
* 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 1 medium onion, finely minced
* 1/2 green bell pepper, small dice
* 1 pound ground lamb (or turkey or chicken)
* 1 teaspoon cumin
* 1 teaspoon coriander
* 4 sprigs fresh oregano
* OR
* 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
* Salt and pepper
* 2 tablespoons tomato paste
* Water (optional)
* 4 large fresh pita
* 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
* 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
* 2 Roma tomatoes, seeds removed, small dice
* 1/4 cup kalamata olives, roughly chopped
* Olive oil (optional)
* Fresh torn basil (optional)

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 500F. (Note: If pita is fairly sturdy, place assembled pizzas
directly on rack. If not, preheat a baking sheet with the oven.)
In a large sauté pan, preheat oil and pan over medium flame. Add onions and
peppers and sweet for about five minutes to soften.
Add ground meat and more oil if necessary to prevent sticking. As meat browns,
break up with a wooden spoon to combine with veggies and brown evenly

California Pizza – Let The Flavor Flow

Posted by Lock On October - 27 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

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California pizza, a totally different “style” of pizza has thoroughly integrated itself into the mainstream. So much so that many people do not recognize it as a separate pizza style.

In much the same way as pizza restaurants throughout the United States may carry a Chicago-style deep dish option, they may also have California-style items on the menu.

Once-innovative ingredients like barbecue, curry, eggs, or goat cheese, are now sold at more traditional pizza restaurants and chains, as simply another topping choice. California-style pizza is also quite common as frozen pre-prepared pizza.

In fact, a number of smaller and newer chains either specialize in, or carry, the California pizza style. In the fine dining end, many expensive restaurants continue to offer single-serving pizzas with expensive or exotic ingredients, baked in wood ovens, or even devote a portion of their menu to California-style pizza.
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Peperonata and Sausage Pizza Recipe

Posted by Lock On October - 23 - 2014 2 COMMENTS

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So exactly what is Peperonata?
[pehp-uh-roh-NAH-tah]
An Italian mixture of sweet peppers, tomatoes, onions and garlic cooked in olive oil. It’s served hot as a condiment with meats or cold as an antipasto.

Ingredients:

* Cornmeal for dusting
* 12 ounces Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough or other prepared dough
* 1 link Italian turkey sausage, casing removed

Peperonata
* 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 1 cup slivered onion
* 1 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
* 3/4 cup diced tomato
* 2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* Freshly ground pepper to taste
* 1 cup grated part-skim mozzarella cheese
* 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Place a pizza stone or inverted baking sheet on the lowest oven rack preheat oven to 500°F or highest setting.

Coat a 12 1/2-inch pizza pan with cooking spray and dust with cornmeal. Cook sausage in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat, turning from time to time, until browned and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain and cut into 1/4-inchthick slices.

Meanwhile, prepare peperonata: Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper; cook, stirring often, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Add garlic and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Add tomato and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in vinegar, salt and pepper. Transfer to a plate and let cool. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 13-inch circle.
Transfer to the prepared pan. Turn edges under to make a slight rim. Brush the rim with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil.

Enjoy!

Three-Cheese Pizza With Mushrooms and Basil

Posted by Lock On October - 21 - 2014 1 COMMENT

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Here in Tennessee it was 75 degrees, then a
few days later…35 degrees and today it’s warm again…

The weather is complicated… my goodness!

Well… today I’ve got a great pizza recipe for you that
combines simplicity with flavor that’s tremendously
boastful… it’s one of my favorites and I’m sure it will
become one of your favorites also… an it’s NOT
complicated at all…

This recipe uses “basil”, one of the most important culinary herbs used in salads, casseroles, sauces and even some liqueurs …

We’ll combine this ingredient with three distinct cheeses that will have your pizza pie bursting with flavor…

Let me introduce you to the….
Three-Cheese Pizza With Mushrooms and Basil

We’ll be using parmesan cheese, skim ricotta cheese and skim mozzarella cheese for those of you who enjoy
the flavor of a lighter cheese blend…

Here’s the recipe

Three-Cheese Pizza With Mushrooms and Basil

Ingredients:

* Cooking spray
* 1 (8-ounce) package pre-sliced mushrooms
* 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
* 1/4 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
* 1 (10-ounce) Italian cheese-flavored pizza crust
(you can use Boboli or traditional for this one))
* 1 cup chunky vegetable pasta sauce
* 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
* 2 tablespoons thinly-sliced fresh basil

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat.

Add mushrooms; sauté 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Combine ricotta and Parmesan cheeses.

Place pizza crust on a baking sheet. (you can use the crust recipe found in the HomePizzaChef Crust Tutorial for this one also)…  http://homepizzachef.com/dough.html

Spread pasta sauce over crust, leaving a 1-inch border.

Dollop the ricotta cheese mixture evenly over sauce and top with mushrooms.

Sprinkle with mozzarella…

Bake 12 minutes or until crust is crisp. Sprinkle with basil; cut into wedges.

Serve and watch your family and friends beg you to make another!

Perfect Pesto Pizza Recipe

Posted by Lock On October - 19 - 2014 1 COMMENT

Today’s pizza is an Italian Favorite. It goes to the very heart of great Italian cooking. If you enjoy pesto you’ll love this pizza pie.

“Pesto” the name itself comes from the Latin root “pestle,” which is typically fitting as the sauce, in its simplest form, its made by crushing a few key savory ingredients together. There are two forms of pesto sauce that are commonly used… pesto alla genovese and pesto alla siciliana. Both forms of pesto sauce are from Genoa and Sicily, respectively.

Pesto alla genoese is made with garlic, salt, extra virgin olive oil, Pecorino Sardo cheese, and Genoese basil.  (Note that Genoese basil is just one member of the large basil family.) The recipe for pesto alla siciliana is similar, but with tomatoes and less basil. Most accept the fact that the Genoese recipe for pesto, was the original recipe.

Pesto  sauces are typically made with a veriety of different ingredients and have been part of Italian cuisines since Roman times. In addition to the well known two basic pesto recipes, other variations include red bell peppers,  sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts, walnuts, parmesan cheese, and ricotta cheese. In fact, some pesto sauces are made with arugula instead of basil.

Pesto is a very versatile sauce and can be used as a bruschetta topping, on pasta, on cooked meats, and even in soups. Of course today we’ll be using pesto sauce for our pizza. A lovely way to explore pesto sauces is to buy a few different kinds, and make a platter of pesto bruschetta using each sauce… then decide which sauce suits your fancy for your favorite pizza pie.

By the way, most basil plants grow year after year and will increase in size if they are planted in nourishing soil.

While the herb is delicious to eat fresh from the bush in salads or as a pasta topping, it can also be used delightfully in the form of a pesto sauce as you’ll see today.

HomePizzaChef’s Premier Pesto Pizza

  • 1 1/2 cups (packed) stemmed spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves (about 1 bunch)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oil from oil?packed sun?dried tomatoes or olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • Olive Oil (of course…)
  • Your favorite thin pizza crust recipe (see many crust recipes on this site)
  • 1/3 cup sliced drained oil?packed sun?dried tomatoes
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Alternative Pesto Recipe

  • * 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • * 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • * 1/2 cup Olive oil
  • * 3 tablespoons pine nuts or walnuts
  • * 3 garlic cloves, finely minced

Blend first 4 ingredients in processor to coarse puree. Transfer pesto to small bowl. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead.)

Now… To Make The Pizza…

Preheat oven to 500F. Grease 12 inch pizza pan with olive oil. Arrange dough in pan and spread all of pesto over dough.

Sprinkle with sun?dried tomatoes…then your favorite cheeses.

Occasionally I’ll add a sprinkle of Italian sausage for extra taste.

Bake pizza until crust browns and cheese melts.

Enjoy!

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