Homemade White Pizza Experiment

Ok, so over the years I have never been one to purposely order a white pizza. Although I have at least tried white pizzas in the past but only if someone else happens to be eating one and says “Oh come on, just try some.” So just what IS a white pizza you may ask? Well, here is the definition according to the “Google machine.” White Pizza – (pizza bianca) uses no tomato sauce, often substituting pesto or dairy products such as sour cream. Most commonly, the toppings consist only of mozzarella and ricotta cheese. In Rome, the term pizza bianca refers to a type of bread topped only with olive oil.

So I decided to try making my very own version of a white pizza with lots of ingredients that I love and see how I liked it. I started out just making a very simple pizza dough. The ingredients I included were as follows:

3 cups of flour to start
2 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. olive oil
2 tsp. of sugar
3/4 cups water
1 Tbs. of yeast
2 tsp. garlic powder

In to the bread maker the ingredients went and about 40 minutes later it was ready to become a pizza. ¬†First I rolled out the dough and laid down a layer of pesto sauce as my base. I usually just buy a jar of pesto that you can find right in the tomato sauce isle. Next I added the toppings which included sauteed mushrooms and spinach, chopped up kalamata olives, marinated artichoke hearts out of a jar, roasted red peppers and roasted garlic. Now this was the second time I have tried to roast garlic. It came out better than the first time I roasted garlic which was a complete disaster. But if anyone has a quick and easy way to do it, please let me know. It just seems really tricky to get the garlic from their cloves after it’s roasted. But maybe that’s just me.

White Pizza Pesto Base

After all the toppings were added I piled on the cheese. I started with grated parmesan cheese. Then I remembered I actually had shredded parmesan cheese in the fridge too so I added that as well. I also picked up some crumbled goat cheese and feta cheese at the grocery store so on to the pizza they went. Finally I covered the rest of the pizza with shredded mozzarella. I put the pizza in to the oven which had been preheated to 385 degrees and I set the timer for 17 minutes.

White Pizza toppings

The results…. I thought it came out pretty darn tasty. Like I have always said, I haven’t always been a huge fan of white pizzas, because I usually tend to like my pizzas with a lot of tomato sauce. But when I started to think about the different types of ingredients I could add to get some really great flavors, it started to sound pretty good. I guess my problem with white pizzas is that whenever I have tried them in restaurants they tend to seem too plain and bland to me. So my solution to that was to make my own that had lots of flavors going on and a lot of fresh ingredients. And this one certainly didn’t disappoint. Oh! The one thing I meant to add to this pizza but I forgot, which I think would have only made this even tastier, was……bacon! Oh well, next time!

White Pizza

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On the menu tonight… Pizza of course!

Anyone that knows me, knows I have had an ongoing obsession with pizza my entire life. Just within the past couple of years, I have been making my own homemade pizza dough and pizzas. Today’s first blog will document just that. Tonight’s dinner – homemade pizza! First we’ll start with the dough. Which I love to switch up pretty much every time I make it. Tonight’s dough included the following ingredients..

Dough Ingredients:

12 oz. bottle of Corona
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
2 tbsp. olive oil
3 cups flour
1/2 cup corn meal
2 tbsp. yeast
1 tbsp. pepper

Popped all of the ingredients in to the bread machine (comes in so handy for the amount of times pizza dough is made around here) and we then realized we were out of pizza sauce. So, while the bread machine did it’s magic, I headed to Jewel. Now usually I just use Ragu pizza sauce that comes in a jar because well…it’s pretty damn good and does the trick! But in the future, I want to start experimenting with making my own pizza sauces. So stay tuned!

Once we returned from Jewel, I preheated the oven to 38o degrees and got to work on making the pizza. Rolled out the dough on to your typical thin, round pizza pan. ¬†Tonight’s toppings included the following..

Pizza Toppings:

Ragu pizza sauce
Pepperoni
Kalamata olives
Bacon
Tomatoes
Mozzarella slices
Grated Cheddar mix

Popped the pizza in the oven and cooked the pizza for 18:37. Yes.. 37 seconds. Don’t ask why :) I also set my alarm for random times like 6:12am. Guess it’s just a thing. I have to say, this was the first time I put Kalamata olives on a pizza (I can eat those things like candy, love ’em!) and it was surprisingly good! I’ll have to try that again sometime. So here you go.. a picture of tonight’s din din. Looks like I’m having pizza leftovers for lunch tomorrow too! :)

May 9, 2010 Homemade Pizza