It’s PRIzza Time: Pizza

6 Jan

Everyone’s favorite vegetable is pizza.  Around the world, pizza is an all-time favorite food but it’s not something most people would think to make from scratch (Baboli crust is not REAL pizza, people).  However, homemade pizza is truly delicious and can taste even better than eating out.  Try this quick and easy recipe for a healthy homemade alternative.

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Q: How do you fix a broken pizza?
A: With tomato paste!!

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Ingredients:  Serves 3-4, depending on how much of a pizzaholic you are.
  • 1 pack Trader Joe’s garlic & herb pizza dough (only 130 calories per serving!)  $1.29  (If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, you can use Pillsbury Thin Pizza Crust. The Pillsbury dough comes rolled out already too!)
  • 1 26 oz. bottle Trader Giotti’s Tomato Basil Marinara $1.79
  • ¼ bag (or 3 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ bag (or 3 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5 whole white mushrooms (slice after purchasing; each mushroom can be sliced into 4-5 slices)
  • ½ diced tomato
  • to taste, tame jalapeños (I use tame jalapeños because my boyfriend doesn’t like spicy food but loves the flavor of jalapeños)
  • ¼ diced red onion
  • 10 sundried tomatoes (You will be surprised how many types of sundried tomatoes are sold!  It’s so important to buy the right ones.  I buy the Valley Sun Sundried Tomato Julienne Cut from CostCo.  These will last forever and you can add them to anything – omelette, pasta, lasagna, etc.)
  • fresh cilantro leaves
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • to taste, crushed red pepper
  • 2 tsp. olive oil (or your favorite flavored oil; I like using the oil from the sundried tomato jar, YUM!)
Assembly:  You will need a pizza tray and rolling pin.
  1. Glaze the dough with oil.  Put in bowl and leave in oven or microwave (with light on) for at least 20 minutes to allow the dough to rise.
  2. Meanwhile, sauté sliced mushrooms in an oiled saucepan on medium heat until the mushrooms shrink in size and are a dark brown (see picture below).
  3. Lightly oil a pizza tray.
  4. Roll out the dough on a cutting board or directly on the pizza tray.  Don’t be discouraged if the dough doesn’t roll out as easily if you thought; it takes time!  Tips: If your cutting board is moving around while rolling out the dough, put a wet towel under the board. If the dough is sticky, lightly glaze it with some oil and/or loose flour. If the dough is not rolling out easily, roll out as much as you can and let it sit for about ten minutes.
  5. Transfer the dough to the oiled tray.
  6. Use your fingers to spread out the dough to the ends of the tray, letting the very ends slightly curl up on the edge of the tray.  This will help the dough stay taut.
  7. Spread the sauce.
  8. Add the toppings – tomato, sundried tomato, onion, mushroom, garlic.  Tip: Ever since I can remember, my Mom always tells the waiter to put the toppings alllll the way to the edge of the pizza and now I do it too!  It’s also great for people who don’t like crust because the crust area is minimal.  PS.  You are only limited by your taste buds – add whatever toppings you like.
  9. Add the cheese.
  10. Now for the magic trick: get your favorite flavored oil or plain olive oil and lightly drizzle it on the edge of the pizza, near the crust area.  This will create a crisp light crust.
  11. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes.
  12. Take out the pizza and cut it into slices (this makes each slice crispy all around).  Add the cilantro leaves.  Bake again for as long as necessary.  Depending on how hot your oven is, it can be as little as 2 minutes more or as much as 10 minutes more.
Serving suggestions:
  • Serve the pizza with extra jalapeños on the side, as jalapeños have a different flavor when cooked than when eaten right out of the jar.
  • Garnish crushed red pepper on the pizza for those who like it spicy.
  • Garnish your pizza with freshly chopped cilantro.  This is an Indian tradition that my Mom and Pops have done since I can remember.  It adds a unique taste and looks PRITY too!
Party people!
  • Create a pizza bar.  Separate the pizza dough into a few balls and roll out each ball individually into a mini pizza size.  Put the ingredients in separate dishes, lined up like you would see at a salad bar.  Have the party people go down the bar, sprinkling whichever ingredients they like.  Place the pizzas on a tray and bake as instructed above.  Warning: do not dance immediately after consumption of pizza.
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buon appetito!
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7 Responses to “It’s PRIzza Time: Pizza”

  1. Shabnam Aggarwal January 4, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

    DELISH! please do continue withe the pripuns.

  2. Suneeta Aggarwal January 6, 2012 at 1:17 am #

    So glad you started with your famous pizza! Looking forward to lots more recipris 🙂

  3. Anuj January 6, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    Great work sweety. Now you can follow the recipe and make it for me!! Hahaha. Oh and serve up some of that fantastic caravel wine you had with it. Love nuj

  4. Richa January 7, 2012 at 1:06 am #

    Cant wait to try this out!!! And I recognize that house! You and your blog are awesome!!

  5. Ruchika January 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    Beautiful blog,Pri…Looking forward to more. I still can’t believe I missed your pizza that night 😦

  6. anuj February 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    WOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO!! Trying this tonight!! You inspire us and the dream of one day being a great chef ! Learning one step at a time with delicate instruction, odd jokes to keep up the motivation. I think I will add my own wine pairing to each of your RECIPRRRE!!!


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