|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:
marinated artichoke hearts
slightly cooked asparagus, sprinkled with garlic salt
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!