Sunday, November 12, 2006

Pizza - and it's fairly quick

I love pizza. No doubt about it. Luckily, I also like Lean Cuisine pizzas, so when I get in the mood for one for dinner, I can pick up one without guilt. But, I prefer to cook my own meals, so I have been searching for a great pizza recipe. Unfortunately, pizza dough usually involves rising time, which doesn't work well for work nights - I eat late as it is, I can't go any later. So, I was very excited when someone on the CLBB posted the Eating Well whole wheat pizza dough, which doesn't involve any rising. Yay!

And happily, I liked this pizza recipe, and can see repeating it - just as it is. The crust is not exactly like the Lean Cuisine, but it is the best crust I've ever done, and the no-rise option brings it just that much higher on the scale.

This is also the first time I tried veggie pepperoni. Right out of the package, I didn't like the taste. But under the mozzarella, it worked well.

The amount of mozzarella and parmesan worked well. The quick pizza sauce was pretty good; not too sweet. I do have to mince the garlic better, though.

So, all in all, a good pizza. Especially on a weeknight.

* Exported from MasterCook *

Pepperoni Pizza (mix of CL & EW)

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Serving Size : 4 Preparation Time :0:00
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Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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2 garlic cloves -- minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
8 ounces tomato sauce -- no salt added
1 tablespoon minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup unbleached flour
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast -- rapid-rise
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
2/3 cup hot water
2 teaspoons olive oil
Remaining ingredients
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 ounces veggie Pepperoni
6 ounces part skim milk mozzarella cheese -- shredded
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

To prepare the sauce, place a small saucepan coated with cooking spray over medium heat until hot. Add garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Add the dried oregano, 1/4 teaspoon salt, red pepper, and tomato sauce; reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in parsley, and keep warm.

To prepare crust, Combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a food processor; pulse to mix. Combine hot water and oil in a measuring cup. With the motor running, gradually pour in enough of the hot liquid until the mixture forms a sticky ball. The dough should be quite soft. If it seems dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons warm water; if too sticky, add 1 to 2 tablespoons flour. Process until the dough forms a ball, then process for 1 minute to knead. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Coat a sheet of plastic wrap with cooking spray and place it, sprayed-side down, over the dough. Let the dough rest for 10 to 20 minutes before rolling.

Preheat oven to 450°.

Roll dough into a 12-inch circle on a floured surface. Place dough on a 12-inch pizza pan or baking sheet coated with cooking spray and sprinkled with cornmeal. Crimp edges of dough with fingers to form a rim. Brush edge with olive oil.

Spread sauce over pizza crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border; top with pepperoni. Sprinkle with cheeses. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until crust is puffy and lightly browned. Remove pizza to cutting board; cut into 6 slices.

"CL 07/99 / EW crust"

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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 361 Calories; 12g Fat (29.4% calories from fat); 24g Protein; 41g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 25mg Cholesterol; 1266mg Sodium. Exchanges: 2 Grain(Starch); 2 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

Nutr. Assoc. : 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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