Thursday, October 26, 2006

Pizza verdure

I used to work in an Italian pizza restaurant and wanted to recreate and elaborate on their amazing Pizza Verdure. It's a labor-intensive meal, but so delicious! Even better reheated the second day...if there is any!

1. Prepare crust.
2. Caramelize onions.
3. Make sauce.
4. Prepare remaining toppings.
5. Roll out dough. Bake 15 minutes in preheated oven at 350 degrees.
6. Top with sauce, toppings, then cheese.
7. Bake 30 minutes in preheated oven at 350 degrees.


3 tsp honey
3 tsp yeast
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
3 cups flour
1/4 cup oatmeal
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp oil

Dissolve honey in warm water. Add yeast. Let sit ten minutes or until foamy. Whisk well. Add 2 cups flour, oatmeal, and salt. Mix until dough pulls away from edge of bowl. Turn out onto floured surface. Knead well, mixing in the remaining flour. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place dough in oiled bowl, turning to coat. Let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size. You'll know the dough is ready when you poke it with your finger and the indention stays.

Marinara Sauce:
3 cups tomato puree
1/4 cup Italian Seasoning mix
1-2 cloves crushed garlic
1/2 tsp sugar

Mix all ingredients and let simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.

Caramelized onions
Confits de tomates
Sauteed eggplant, zucchini, and green peppers

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