Saturday, January 9, 2010
Almost white pizza? I hate to call this a pizza, because to me pizza has sauce, mozzarella, basil for sure and I guess if you really wanted to get into it... various embelishments.. sausage, peppers, mushrooms etc. It all started with me wanting to make a white pizza and I suppose, if you discount the tomatoes, it could have been just that. I had a lot of ingredients in the frig that I wanted to clear out and was a good idea at the time. I just couldn't leave well enough alone. Either way, it was simply scrumptious!
In the morning, I made my pizza dough. and kept it covered until I was ready ready to assemble everything. The only thing I needed cook was some roasted eggplant and carmelized onions. I had plenty of fresh spinach, artichoke hearts and was determined to get this refrigerator cleared out. Once everything was ready I began assembling my 'pie'. I worked the dough into a cookie sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. My kitchen is cool, so my dough kept fighting me (shrinking back when I stretched it), so I just let it rest 10 minutes and with the eggplant roasting in the oven the kitchen warmed up in no time.
I usually have on hand a fresh jar of olive oil infused with fresh herbs-basil, rosemary,chives,& minced garlic that I brushed over the dough. Next I nearly covered the dough with shredded mozzarella, and because we love spinach I used the whole bag--spread on top of the cheese. The roasted eggplant had cooled, so this was the next layered ingredient I used. I had roasted two medium eggplants, sprinkled with olive oil and herbs and ended up using every piece on my pizza. We're equally as fond of eggplant as spinach here :) Next--break up some artichoke hearts and spread onto the pizza along with a good drizzling of carmelized onions.
It looked pretty good. I, of course had been nibbling along as I assembled.. who can resist roasted eggplant? But then I opened the refrigerator to grab some parmesan and five tomatoes were just staring at me as if to say..'did you think you were going to forget us?' I hemmed and hawed...shall I or not? Well, as you can see those tomatoes just got the best of me, but now in retrospect..I'm happy they did!
So if you try your hand at my 'white' pizza, bring to the table a bowl of grated parmesan cheese to top your pizza, a large antipasto, a great bottle of wine--good friends and enjoy! Have a great weekend.