Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pizza Margherita with Golden Tomato Sauce

This was the first time I've ever made pizza in Seattle and though..."Woah, am I in New York City?"  I know that might sound pretentious but this pizza ROCKED.  Using some leftover frozen whey from this ricotta I made a few weeks ago, the crust literally melted in my mouth.  Inspired by the golden tomato sauce from 101 Cookbooks, I created this Pizza Margherita to remember!

Pizza dough (prepare at least two hours before you are ready to make pizza)

2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons rapid rise yeast
3/4 cup warm water or warmed leftover whey
1/2 cup olive oil

Mix dry ingredients in the food processor.  While food processor is running, add 1/2 cup of warm water in a slow stream. Next add olive oil. If dough is still not formed in a ball, add remaining water plus a few extra teaspoons if necessary until dough forms a ball.

Place dough in an oiled bowl and over with plastic wrap and kitchen towel.  Allow to rest for at least two hours (you can even let this sit for 24 hours!).

Golden Tomato Sauce

1 lb golden tomatoes roughly chopped
1 very small onion finely chopped
1 clove of minced garlic
olive oil

1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a saute pan over medium high heat
2. When hot add garlic and onions and stir for 2 minutes
3. Add chopped tomatoes and turn heat down to medium
4. Let tomatoes simmer for about 10-15 minutes until they breakdown easily
5. Transfer to a food processor and puree the mixture
6. Add salt and pepper to taste
7. Use just like you would red tomato sauce


Now you are probably wondering about the pizza right?  Luckily this is the easy part.

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Carefully and stretch the pizza dough to desired shape and thickness and carefully lay on parchment paper
3. Lightly brush dough with olive oil
4. Evenly spread tomato sauce over the dough.  You can freeze the leftover sauce for another use or use it for pasta later.
5. Cover with favorite toppings, here we did mozzarella cheese and basil in honor of Princess Margherita.
6. Carefully place in the oven and bake until cheese is golden brown and bubbling and crust is finished, about 12-15 minutes.
7. Remove from oven and let sit a few minutes (if you can) before serving

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