Happy Friday! Pizza screams “the weekend,” so get in your kitchen, pull together your favorite ingredients (along with some basil, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and olive oil) and create your own Flavorful Friday Pie! (Ok I just made that up and it really doesn’t sound as catchy as I’d hoped…)
Pizza is great because you can top it with anything you like. Nowadays, there are so many pre-made dough options that creating your own pizza pie is easier than ever. Some of my favorites: naan bread pizzas, flatbread pizzas, pita pizzas, and this time GF individual pizza pies.
Since college, I have tried to recreate my parents traditional homemade pizzas, but it always seems to be too much effort to make for a single person. So I have come up with a few shortcuts:
1. Store-bought pizza dough
2. “deconstructed” pizza sauce (adapted from my parent’s traditional pesto-base)
“Deconstructed” Tomato Basil Base:
– onion, red or yellow, thinly sliced
– garlic, thinly sliced
– tomato, thinly sliced
– fresh basil leaves, torn or chiffonaded
– extra-virgin olive oil
– salt and pepper
– mushrooms, sliced and sauteed
– black olives, sliced
– artichoke hearts, chopped
– caramelized onions
– mozzarella cheese
– parmesan cheese
– arugula or spinach*
– red pepper flakes (optional)
Preheat oven to 400F. Simply brush the dough with olive oil and layer the ingredients as follows: onion, garlic, tomato, basil, salt and pepper. Then add toppings, cheeses, and bake for 12-14 minutes.*
* Only add the arugula or spinach to the pizza for the last 2 minutes of baking time, otherwise the greens will shrivel up and burn
* If you like your crust and cheese to be crispy, broil on high for the last 30-60 seconds until browned.
P.S. In addition to biting into a delicious slice of homemade pizza, I thought I would encourage you to listen to a track from my current weekend playlist: The Weeknd’s take on the new Florence + The Machine’s single Shake it Out. Found here on disco naïveté. And this amazing video by Florence, “What the Water Gave Me.” Incredible lyrics, beautiful voice, and fun video!
P.P.S. Pizza tastes even better when accompanied with a nice Spanish Tempranillo (or any red wine).
TGIF xo, Nat’s Knack