Monday, July 18, 2011

I Just Needed Some Pizza!

I had no "pizza" ingredients on hand, but was in desperate need for the succulent crust, robust tomato sauce and dippy cheese!  What's a girl to do? 

Sorta Mexican Pizza

1 cup All-purpose flour
3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp sugar
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
3 tbsp olive oil
2/3 cup really warm water

I cheated here and used my bread maker on the dough setting to mix, knead and rise the dough.  If you don't have a bread maker, follow these pizza dough instructions.

1 can diced tomatoes drained (or fresh tomatoes)
1/2 package Trader Joe's Soy Chorizo
1/2 cup black beans (if canned, rinse and drain)
Green Beans, blanched (or other veggies of choice)
1/2 cup Nutritional Yeast mixed with 2 tbsp water and 1 tbsp Peri-peri sauce or other hot sauce

Preheat oven to 400*.  Prepare your crust according to directions.  You can use a rolling pin or super-awesome pizza dough flipping methods to create a 12 inch crust.  Grease your pizza pan or use a pizza stone and lay your crust on the pan. 

You can see the toppings were a product of necessity.  It was simply what we had on hand.  So I brought a small pot to boil, rinsed and trimmed the green beans, and boiled them for 3-5 minutes, just enough to make them slightly tender.  Next I drained a can of diced tomatoes, although fresh ones would be excellent here!  On the pizza crust, I spread a layer of soy chorizo, diced tomatoes, black beans and then topped with the green beans. 

In a small bowl I whisked 2 tbsp water into 1/2 cup of nutritional yeast.  Use more or less of either to gain desired consistency.  Stir in a little hot sauce to give it a Mexican flair and drizzle over pizza.  If you like your pizza spicy you could also sprinkle on red pepper flakes or chili powder on top. 

Bake pizza for 14-15 minutes and serve! 

On the side we tried our hand at grilled watermelon.
Yeck.  Not my cup of tea.
The texture became almost fish like.  The flavor was good.  But this is not the same as grilling pineapple or mango or peaches!

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