My Google Reader is like a full dance card–I don’t have any more room for awesomely awesome bloggers because I can barely keep up with the good stuff coming from my favorites. Then I made this good looking pizza with a recipe outside my usual dance circles it was so delicious that I had to add another blog to my reader.
While Jessica over at How Sweet It Is made this beautiful pizza in her cast iron skillet, I have made mine in the good ol’ fashioned oven (I can’t commit to owning such a heavy piece of kitchen equipment as a cast iron skillet). Still, I will say this pizza dough recipe is worth a try however you bake it–it came out perfectly.
Adapted slightly from How Sweet It Is
Crust (NOTE: this recipe makes TWO 12-inch pizza doughs)
1 1/8 cups warm water
3 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
Pizza toppings (NOTE: these ingredients are for ONE pizza)
Half a purple onion, sliced
1 large garlic clove, minced
5-6 brussels sprouts, stems removed and thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 hearty cup of grated cheese
Sprinkle of red pepper flakes (optional)
(I used Trader Joe’s quatro formaggio which includes asiago, fontina, parmesan and provolone and these flavors really worked well with the flavor of the spouts. If you can find fontina and provolone, that should do the trick).
In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, honey and olive oil. Mix with a spoon, then let sit until a foam forms, about 10 minutes. Add in 2 1/2 cups flour and salt, stir until the dough becomes tacky. Using your hands, form the dough into a ball and work in the additional 1/2 cup flour, kneading it on a floured surface for a few minutes. Rub the same bowl with olive oil then place the dough inside, turning to coat. Cover with a towel and place in a warm place to rise for about 1 1/2 hours.
After the dough has risen, punch it down and place it back on a floured surface. Divide the dough evenly in half. Place one dough on a well-floured pizza pan and roll flat.
Add a tablespoon of olive oil to your skillet and turn heat to medium. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes until soft and translucent, then add garlic, sliced brussel sprouts, salt and pepper, and cook for 6-8 minutes until the sprouts have taken on a lovely golden color. Remove from heat, set aside.
Place the pizza dough in an oven at 420 degrees for 7-10 minutes to pre-cook the crust (the crust should be fully cooked, but not yet browned). Remove the pizza from the oven and add a light layer of cheese before layering with brussel sprout mixture and more cheese.
Turn on the oven broiler and place the pizza back in the oven. Watching carefully, broil the pizza until the crust becomes golden, and the cheese bubbles and lightly browns (2-3 minutes). Remove immediately. Let cool slightly for about 5 minutes, then enjoy.
Note: I made this pizza twice–once with a light layer of bacon and once without. The bacon version was far more flavorful, but I think the vegetarian version can be improved by adding red pepper flakes for heat, and cooking the vegetable mixture in butter.