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Garden Pizza

Ingredients

Pizza Crust

  • 3 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Warm Water
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/2 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt

Toppings

  • Olive Oil
  • Coarse Salt
  • Mozzarella Cheese, or a Cheese Blend
  • 1/2 cup Mixed Garden Vegetables
  • Corn Meal

Instructions

How to Make the Pizza Dough

  • In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the water, and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Stir the salt and oil into the yeast solution. Mix in 2 1/2 cups of the flour.
  • Turn dough out onto a clean, well floured surface, and knead in more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Place the dough into a well oiled bowl, and cover with a cloth. Let the dough rise until double; this should take about 1 hour. .
  • Punch down the dough, and form a tight ball. Allow the dough to relax for a minute before rolling out. Use for your favorite pizza recipe.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). If you are baking the dough on a pizza stone, you may place your toppings on the dough, and bake immediately. If you are baking your pizza in a pan, lightly oil the pan, and let the dough rise for 15 or 20 minutes before topping and baking it.
  • Bake pizza in preheated oven, until the cheese and crust are golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes

Making the Garden Pizza

  • While the crust is rising, slice your vegetables and roast any veggie that isn't a tomato.
  • Place your vegetables in a shallow baking pan with some olive oil and coarse salt on top. Broil for 10-12 minutes until some pieces start turning light brown.
  • When the vegetables are done, turn the oven down to 400 degrees.
  • Once that crust has risen, roll it out into a pizza shape that fits your pizza pan. When it reaches that size, sprinkle some cornmeal on your pizza stone or pan and then lay the crust on top. This prevents sticking. Bake your plain crust for 10 minutes.
  • After the Crust is complete, add your toppings. Mix together 1-2 TBSP of olive oil, a dash of salt and a few dashes of Italian seasoning in a small bowl and brush over the crust in lieu of pizza sauce.
  • Layer your cheese and then add the roasted veggies and fresh tomato. Add another light layer of cheese over the top to hold the veggies down and bake for 10-15 minutes at 400 degrees.
  • Layer a bit of cheese, then add your vegetables, and end with another light layer of cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes on 400 degrees.
  • Cool, slice, and top with fresh basil if you have any. Enjoy!