Saturday, February 16, 2008

Quick Homemade Pizza

Green Olive and Pepper Jack Cheese Pizza*****

Though I still make my whole-wheat pizza dough (in which I like to add ground flax seeds), I have also started purchasing pre-made dough in the refrigerator section at Trader Joe's for $.99 a ball!

1 ball of whole wheat pizza dough
4-5 ounces, jarred marinara sauce
4 ounces, grated pepper jack cheese
¼ cup sliced green olives

Leave dough out at room temperature for 10 minutes, this allows the yeast in the dough to relax and makes it easier to stretch. Once relaxed, place a tablespoon EVOO on top of dough and over your hands and stretch dough onto a pizza stone or sheet pan. Spoon over marinara sauce, sprinkle with cheese and toppings. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool 10 minutes before serving.

We like to top our pizzas with Penzey’s pizza seasoning, crushed red pepper flakes, hot sauce, and on occasion warmed marinara or ranch dressing for dipping.

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