Today was a beautiful day here. I forced myself to stay home today and "rest". I did do some cooking to help pass the time. I'm having Costco withdrawals, so I may have to venture out there tomorrow if I'm up to it. I actually felt pretty good this afternoon and evening. Since I didn't do any shopping today, I decided to make pizza for dinner since I always have the ingredients for that. I also made a double batch of pizza crust this time so I could make an extra crust to bake and use as a "convenience food" at a later time. I baked it and wrapped it well after it cooled. I plan to either refrigerate it or freeze it tomorrow, depending on whether I intend to use it this coming week. I kept this evening's pizza pretty simple. I had all kinds of toppings that I could have used for it, but added simply freshly shredded mozzarella cheese, oven roasted tomatoes, Boars Head pepperoni and then topped it with sliced green onion tops after pulling it out of the oven. It turned out really good. Since it was such a pretty afternoon and evening, I snapped a number of different photos of the various stages of my pizza making so I could have an excuse to step outside on our patio. I included the pizza crust recipe below. If you'd like to see another post where I did step by step photos, click here: Pizza. Enjoy!
|Pizza dough is spread and ready to be baked|
|Baked and fresh out of the oven|
|Topped with freshly shredded mozzarella cheese (I did not use sauce)|
|Topped with oven roasted tomatoes (packed in oil) instead of using pizza sauce|
|Topped with Boars Head pepperoni and ready to pop into the oven|
|Fresh out of the oven and sprinkled with sliced green onion tops|
|Now THIS is pizza...|
|People always wonder if you can pick my pizza up to eat it...YES, here it is leaning against a glass -- can you do that with other grain-free pizza crusts?|
Almond-Flax-Parmesan Herb Pizza Crust
Makes 1 10-inch round pizza (approximately 2 servings)
2/3 teaspoon baking powder (aluminum free)
1/2 - 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Dash cayenne pepper, optional
1/4 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste (decrease salt if using saltier cheeses and toppings)
Few grinds of freshly ground black pepper
4 - 5 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, finely grated
1 egg (or 1/4 cup egg substitute such as Egg Beaters)
1 tablespoon olive oil (a little more, if desired)
1 to 2 tablespoons water (start with 1 tablespoon of water and add the second, if necessary)
Pizza sauce, pesto sauce, etc.
Cheese: shredded mozzarella cheese, sliced or diced fresh mozzarella, etc.
**Pre-cooked vegetables of choice: onions, green peppers, mushrooms, spinach, etc.
**Pre-cooked meat of choice: sausage, ground beef topping, etc.
Other: artichokes, olives, pepperoni, etc.
**Tip: Fresh vegetable and meat toppings should be pre-cooked and drained to prevent crust from becoming soggy
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix dry ingredients together; add wet ingredients and mix well. Let the dough sit for approximately 5 minutes to thicken.
Spread dough on a lightly oiled large pizza pan or cookie sheet lined with greased parchment paper (you can also use Reynolds non-stick foil, lightly brushed with olive oil). Using a lightly oiled rubber spatula, press the dough out to desired shape and thickness (I usually make it about 1/4" thick -- *see note below). Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through (check crust after 15 minutes and remove from oven when it looks and feels done). Spread with a thin layer of sauce, cheese and desired toppings (fresh vegetable and meat toppings should be pre-cooked to prevent soggy crust); place back into the oven to bake an additional 5-10 minutes to melt cheese. If desired, run under the broiler for a few minutes to lightly brown the toppings and make the cheese bubbly (be careful not to burn it).
*Note: For a crust that is flat, smooth and even in thickness, lightly spray a 2nd sheet of parchment paper with olive oil spray and place it on top (oiled side down) of the ball of pizza dough that is centered in the middle of your prepared pizza pan or baking sheet. Using either your hands or the flat edge of an object (I use a big container of black pepper) press the dough smooth by swiping it the direction you want the pizza crust to go. When it is the desired thickness and shape, carefully peel off the top layer of parchment paper...and "Voila"...perfectly flat, smooth, thin pizza crust! If you don't have parchment paper, pressing the dough out with a lightly oiled rubber spatula works just fine, too.