Monday, May 25, 2009

meatless mondays

pizza.  everyone loves it and boy are the possibilities endless!  avid carnivores may not even notice if one of these yummy combinations are served for dinner without the meat!
it all starts with a good crust.  i've noticed the more i knead, the better it is.
ari trying his hand at the rolling pin.  it works the biceps more if you do it without a shirt on.
anytime you can include kids in the cooking process they're much more likely to eat it.  they couldn't WAIT til this was out of the oven!  to pass the time we watched this...

pizza crust

1 tbsp active dry yeast

1 cup warm water (100-115 F)

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp veggie oil

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

dissolve yeast in water and then add rest of ingredients and mix.  dump onto floured surface and knead (about 5 minutes) into smooth ball, adding more flour when needed.

roll out and placed on lightly corn mealed pizza stone or greased pizza pan.  cook for a few minutes at 450 degrees and then remove and add toppiongs.  put back in the oven until crust is crispy and lightly brown (12-15 minutes)

topping suggestions

Pesto Mushroom Pizza

Instead of pizza sauce, I make a pesto. In a blender, mix basil, extra virgin olive oil, spinach, pine nuts, and parmesan cheese. Blend until it is well mixed. For this pizza, I like to make my pesto very thick with lots of herbs and spinach.

Spread a thick layer of pesto on the pizza. If your crust is large, you will need more pesto. Just toss more basil, etc, into the blender until you have enough to cover your crust - measurements are not important to make a good pesto.

Once the pizza crust is coated thickly with pesto, slice tomato into large slices and lay it on top. Then, slice the mushroom into 4-6 slices and position those around the tomato.

If you wish to add cheese, sprinkle that over the top.

BBQ Onion Pepper  Pizza

Instead of pizza sauce, use barbeque sauce. Spread a thick layer of barbeque sauce on the pizza crust. Once the pizza crust is coated thickly with barbeque sauce, sprinkle grated mozzerella cheese on the pizza. Last, slice sweet onions and any color bellpeppers into matchsticks and lay them on top.

Southwester Black Bean Pizza

Use salsa instead of marinara and top with corn and black beans and mozzerella.


Erin said...

Mmmmmm! I love the pesto idea. We'll give that a shot for sure.

And I spy labeled, alphabetized spices in the background :) Way to go, Momma!

Tonya said...

Yum! Looks like you got some awesome helped there! :)