Friday, March 16, 2012

Famous White Pizza

WARNING:  This is not for you if you are watching your salt. :(  But the asparagus is good for you...


Sally's Famous White Pizza

Thanks to our friend, Christi, we eat a lot of pizza.  Christi is the girls' employer, the one with seven kids and a very organized meal plan.  She just can't help filling my freezer when she fills her own, and boy do those yummy homemade frozen pizzas come in handy on a busy day.  Especially for someone like me, who is prone to have my first thought about what's for supper at about 4 pm that afternoon!  

One day I was actually on top of things.  I thought of supper early, at about 3:45 pm.  When I said, "What should we have for supper tonight?" one of the girls answered, "WHITE PIZZA!"  She quickly emailed a friend for a recipe. Well, you know me.  I can never leave a pattern or a recipe alone.  The result of my toying is famous among us, and it will be a frequent last-minute meal plan here.

A crust that has to rise doesn't suit a cook like me.  I need one that can be ready in 20 minutes.  This works fabulously:
1 C warm water
1 T sugar
2 1/4 tsp yeast
3 T olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 C flour
Mix the water, sugar, and yeast, and let sit until foamy, about five minutes.
Stir in the olive oil and salt.
Thoroughly mix in the flour.
Let the dough rest for 10 minutes. It will be sticky, but that's okay.
Pat and spread into greased cookie sheet or pizza pan with oiled fingers.
Pre-bake at 400 for 7 minutes.

Now for the good stuff:

Spread a generous amount of either ranch or Caesar dressing on crust.  Both are great; I prefer the Caesar.

Sprinkle on some rosemary, basil, and garlic powder.

Top with all or some of the following:
red onion
cooked chicken
marinated artichoke hearts
fresh mushrooms
slightly cooked asparagus, sprinkled with garlic salt
diced tomatoes
Parmesan and mozzarella cheese
bits of bacon

Bake at 400 for about 15 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

If you accidentally buy regular artichoke hearts, like I did, that is easily remedied by marinating them (and the chicken, tomatoes, and/or asparagus) in some Italian salad dressing for a few minutes. 

This pizza made our taste buds dance. :)  You will like it.  Thank you, Cherie, for a great new addition to our menu!




4 comments:

  1. You're killing me! :-) In a good way. I'd sure love to have a freezer full of pizza, but unfortunately, it's full of fruits and veggies until I loose a massive amount of weight.

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  2. Sounds yummy. I'll have to try it, with a variation (mius artichoke hearts & bacon). We use to eat Papa Murphy's or Pizza Hut's All Meat/Meat Lovers pizza...that's about all we would order as Jeff loves the meat, but now that Anna & I don't do pork, and Amber doesn't do grease, the meaty ones are out, so now us girls are addicted to Papa Murphy's Gourmet Chicken Garlic pizza (so we get that...3/4 Chicken & 1/4 All Meat for Jeff). I had just printed out a copy cat recipe for us, and your recipe looks pretty similar. I was surprised it was just ranch dressing & garlic in the sauce. Can't wait to try it at home.

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  3. Yum! Can't wait to try this gourmet recipe! I'll have to tweak it a bit for our gluten-free eating, but the flavor combination sounds wonderful.

    And yes, feel free to print my last post for your newsletter--I appreciate the attribution. Glad it blessed you. That's how I feel about your stuff! :-)

    Blessings on your day!

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  4. OH! Is that what a White Pizza is? Sounds really yummy and super easy.

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