Saturday, August 18, 2007

Pizza with a TWIST!

Blueberry Dessert Pizza

1 ball of pizza dough
2 tablespoons EVOO
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
8 oz cream cheese block, softened
1 tablespoon milk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
1 tablespoon honey
2 cups blueberries or mixed berries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Drizzle a little EVOO on your hands and onto the dough ball. Stretch out dough, gently spreading out to form a large rectangle or round. Place onto a pizza stone. Blend the sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle with half over the dough. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Cool the pizza crust on a wire rack.

Meanwhile, mix together the cream cheese, milk, lemon juice, zest, and honey. Spread the cheese mixture over the cooled crust. Top with blueberries and sprinkle with the remaining sugar and cinnamon blend. Slice like a pizza and serve.

Italian Meat and Cheese Stromboli *****

1 ball of pizza dough
2 tablespoons corn meal
16 slices turkey pepperoni
4 slices provolone, cut in half
8 slices ham
8 slices turkey
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning blend
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan, optional
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Marinara Sauce, for dipping

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Take dough from the fridge and let it rest on the counter 10 minutes, this makes it easier to stretch. Dust your hands and lightly coat the dough with cornmeal. Stretch out dough, gently spreading out to form a rectangle shape. Cut the thin rectangular dough in half horizontally and then each half into 4 equal pieces; totaling 8 small rectangles. Cover each piece of dough with: 2 slices pepperoni, 1/2 slice cheese, 1 slice ham and 1 slice turkey.

Roll each piece on an angle from corner to corner making a long roll that is thicker in the middle and thinner on each end. Brush rolls with extra-virgin olive oil then mix sesame seeds, cheese and seasonings in a small cup; sprinkle and pat the mixture into the dough. Bake until evenly golden, 15 minutes. Serve with your favorite Marinara sauce heated up for dipping.

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