PIZZA,
SAUCES, TOPPINGS
FOCCACIA,
CALZONE, STROMBOLI
3 Pines Sourdough Whole Grain Pizza Dough
My Own Best-Ever Pizza Dough (updated)
My Whole Wheat Pizza Dough(new)
PJ's Now-Or-Later Pizza Dough
Pizza Dough-Emeril Lagasse
A Different Pizza Dough
Homemade Pizza Sauce
Pizza Toppings
Homemade Pizza With Cheese
Pan Pizza
Pizza In A Skillet
3 Pines White Pizza
Sfinciuni (Sicilian Onion Pizza)
Pizza Rustica From Puglia
Artichoke And Anchovy White Pizza
Deep-Dish Sausage And Cheese Pizza
Grilled 2-Cheese Pizza
Mediterranean Pizza
East-West Pizza
Quick Foccacia
Coarse Salt And Rosemary Foccacia
Foccacia de Patate alla Romana
Sausage And Peppers Calzones
Stromboli
Super Stromboli


























MY OWN (2nd) BEST-EVER PIZZA DOUGH
Updated 1/15/2011)----This dough originally happened strictly by accident, and necessitated by my hubby's complaints over my previous failures of too-crispy, too-thick, too-tough, too-heavy, too-yucky (and more) attempts to please his particular "pizza palate". Soooo, this is the result of a combination of recipes and tips from all of the following:
PJ Hamel at King Arthur Flour; Peter Reinhart, author of Bread Baker's A[pprentice", Charles Scoccalone, co-author of "Pizza", and Mike, owner of our local favorite pizza joint.

This recipe and method will result in a light, tender, flavorful pizza crust full of little holes.

Yield 2 large (14-inch) pizzas or 3 small-medium (12-inch) pizzas. You might even be able to divide it into 4 pieces for small personal-sized pizzas for the kids.

3 1/2 cups unbleached bread flour or hi-gluten flour -- (14.25 oz.)
1 teaspoon instant yeast (.25 oz.)
1 teaspoon fine sea salt (.25 oz.)
1 teaspoon sugar (.25 oz.)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cup water (9 to 11 oz.) -- at room temperature

USING A STAND MIXER: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Add oil, and with mixer on low speed, using the dough hook, add 1-1/4 cups of the water and mix knead on low speed approximately 6 minutes, adding more flour or dribbling in more water as needed The dough should form a ball; it's okay if the dough sticks a little bit to the bottom of the bowl but not the sides.

IF MIXING BY HAND, mix all ingredients together until dough reaches a shaggy mass. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead 10-12 minutes, let the dough rest 5 minutes. Finish kneading about 5 additional minutes, until dough is soft, smooth and supple, trying not to add any more flour than necessary.

If freezing all or parts of the dough, do it now by dividing the dough as desired and placing the dough balls in oiled zip-bags and freeze up to 6 weeks. Gently remove the dough to floured surface, degassing as little as possible (do not literally "punch down"). Using a bench scraper as a knife (not as a scissors), divide the dough into 2 equal pieces for two 14" pizzas or 3 pieces for 12" pizzas. Shape into rounds according to the size(s) desired, stretching the top by gently tucking any rough edges into the center on the bottom of the ball. Place the dough destined for the freezer into a lightly oiled ZipLoc bag.

Shape the dough to be used now into a ball, Place the rounded dough into a lightly oiled bowl; cover with plastic wrap and let rise in warm spot until double in volume, about 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Be sure to check it after 1 hour---the dough is ready when it does not spring back when a finger is poked into it. (Alternative fermenting, the dough may be placed in the refrigerator for a slow rise 4-6 hours. Allow the dough to come to room temperature about 2-3 hours to complete its rise before shaping.)

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. for at least 30 minutes before baking.

BAKING METHODS AND OPTIONS:
1. Using a baking stone: Place the stone on the lowest rack of the oven before preheating (at least 30 minutes before baking).
2. Using a baker's peel: Sprinkle liberally with cornmeal; or parchment paper may be cut to fit on the peel and then sprinkled with cornmeal.
3. Using a pizza pan (perforated is preferred): Lightly spray with olive oil cooking spray.
4. Using a baking sheet with a baking stone: Turn the pan upside down, line it with parchment paper cut to fit, and then sprinkle it with cornmeal. Bake with the pan directly on the stone.
5. Using a baking sheet without a baking stone: Line the pan it with parchment paper cut to fit, and then sprinkle it with cornmeal.
SHAPING: To shape the pizza, generously flour a 9- or 10-inch plate that has about a one-inch "lip" on it, and place the dough ball in the center. Flour the dough and flour your hands. Using fingertips, begin pushing the dough from the center out toward the edge, occasionally turning the plate, until a ridged edge about 1/2-inch high is formed. If the dough resists and "bounces back", let it rest a few minutes and resume shaping. Transfer the pizza dough to a well-foured surface and continue the same action until it's almost to the size you desire. Pick up the dough and spread it over your fists, knuckle-side up. Holding your fists about 12 inches apart, gently toss/turn until the dough is the size you desire, usually about 5-6 turns.

Place the shaped pizza onto the prepared peel, parchment, and/or pan. Gently re-shaping any portion as needed. Add sauce, cheese and/or other desired toppings. Lightly brush around the edge of the pizza with a little olive oil. Then drizzle a little extra virgina olive oil over all if desired (I do not). Place the pizza into the oven, reduce oven temperature to 475 degrees F. and bake pizza about 7-9 minutes or until crust edges begin to brown and the cheese is melting and bubbly. Let rest 2 minutes before cutting.

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3 PINES SOURDOUGH WHOLE GRAIN PIZZA DOUGH
One day in June I got carried away and made this up. Oh wow! It's a real keeper and since then I've made it a number of times. It has become the only pizza dough I ever make. You're going to love this one! Plus it's so much more healthy (you don't have to tell the kids!)
Yields 2 large or 3 medium

1 1/2 cups unbleached bread flour -- 7 1/4 oz.
1 cup traditional or white whole wheat flour -- 4 3/4 oz.
1 cup durum flour -- 4 1/2 oz.
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar or honey
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
1 cup sourdough starter *
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3/4 - 1 cup warm bottled water

Make sure the starter is well-fed, poufy and ready to go.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the bread flour, whole wheat flour, durum flour, brown sugar, salt and yeast. Add the starter, olive oil, and 3/4 cup of the water. With mixer on low speed, mix and knead 3 minutes until dough begins to come together. increase mixer speed to medium and continue mixing and kneading 3-4 minutes, dribbling in more water as needed to make a smooth soft and springy ball of dough. The dough should be tacky but not sticky and can stick just a little to the bottom of the bowl.

Transfer dough to a floured surface and knead 1-2 minutes longer. Place dough into a lightly oiled biowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside to ferment until almost doubled in size, about 3 to 3-1. hours. Time be be shorter, depending on the conditions in your kitchen.

Transfer dough to a floured surface, trying to de-gas as little as possible. Divide dough into 2 or 3 pieces and form the pieces into round balls. Place the balls of dough into lightly oiled Zip bags and refrigerate until ready to use.

About 2 hours before ready to bake, remove a dough ball from its Zip bag and place onto a peel sprinkled liberally with cornmeal. Allow to come to room temperature. Preheat oven to 475 degrees for at least 30 minutes to heat the pizza stone thoroughly.

Add desired toppings -- bake 9-11 minutes.

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3 PINES WHOLE WHEAT PIZZA DOUGH
Recipe By: PJ Hamel at King Arthur Flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups unbleached bread flour
1/2 cup durum flour
1 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 teaspoons honey -- or sugar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cup water (9 to 11 oz.) -- 95-110 F.

Follow kneading, shaping and baking directions as above for Best-Ever Pizza Dough

PJ'S NOW-OR-LATER PIZZA DOUGH
Recipe By: PJ Hamel at King Arthur Flour

1 3/4 to 2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups semolina flour, or more all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons Lora Brody's dough relaxer -- optional but helpful
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon KAF Pizza Dough Flavor -- optional but yummy
1 teaspoon instant yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 to 1-1/2 cups warm bottled water
In a mixing bowl, combine1-3/4 cups of the flour, semolina, dough relaxer, pizza dough flavor, yeast and salt; whisk to mix well. Add the oil and 1-1/4 cups of the water.
Mix and knead all ingredients---by hand, mixer or bread machine--- adding more flour or water by teaspoonsfulls, till dough is soft and smooth (Don't over-knead---it should hold together but can still look fairly rough on the surface.) Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow dough to rise 45-60 minutes; then refrigerate it for at least 4-6 hours or up to 36 hours, to develop the flavor. (Begin checking the dough after 4 hours to be sure it doesn't over-proof.)
Remove dough from the refrigerator; transfer dough to a lightly floured surface. Let sit to warm up about 30 minutes.
Divide the dough in half. Shape each half into a 9" or 12" round (thicker or thinner). Place each on a piece of parchment paper cut to fit. Cover dough and let it rest while heating the oven to 500 degrees (or about 30 minutes).
Transfer pizzas to baking stone or on a large baking pan. Bake 4 minutes and remove from the oven. If using now, top pizzas with favorite toppings, return to the oven and bake an additional 8 minutes.
To use later, remove parchment paper, cool the crusts, and wrap well in plastic wrap, and refrigerate up to 5 days or freeze up to 4 weeks. Preheat oven to 450 degrees; top with favorite toppings, and bake on a pan (not on a stone) on the lowest rack of the oven for 8 minutes.
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PIZZA DOUGH - EMERIL LAGASSE
Pretty much the same as the basic dough above, Emeril does his just a little bit different. Plus, this recipe makes a little more; and I like using my nice big KitchenAid *LOL*
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110 degrees)
1/4 cup olive oil
3 to 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
In a electric mixing bowl, whisk the yeast, water and oil together, to make a paste. Add the flour and salt and mix, using a dough hook, until the dough comes away from the sides and crawls up the dough hook. Remove the dough from the bowl. Grease the bowl with olive oil and place the dough back in the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise until double in size, about an hour. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and divide dough into four ounce portions. Roll the dough into balls, cover and let the dough rest for 15-20 minutes. The dough is ready to be shaped into four individual pizzas. Press the dough out for two pizzas.
Yield: 4 pizza doughs
A DIFFERENT PIZZA DOUGH
This was in Good Housekeeping Magazine a few years ago, and worth trying.
1 envelope Active Dry Yeast
1 cup Warm Water (105-110 degrees)
pinch Sugar
2-1/4 teaspoons Kosher Salt
1/4 cup fine-ground White Cornmeal
3 tablespoons Whole Wheat Flour
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
2-1/2 to 3-1/2 cups Unbleached All-purpose Flour
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water with sugar. After 5 minutes, stir in salt, cornmeal, whole wheat flour and oil. Gradually add all-purpose flour, stirring with a wooden spoon until a stiff dough has formed. Place dough on a floured surface; knead several minutes, adding only enough additional flour to keep dough from sticking. When dough is smooth, transfer to a greased bowl; turn dough to grease all over. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Punch down douth; knead severl times on a lightly floured surface. Return dough to bowl; cover and let rise 40 minutes. Punch down dough. If sticky, knead in a bit more flour. Makes enough for four 12" pizzas.
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HOMEMADE PIZZA SAUCE
This is a good all-purpose pizza sauce, submitted to Country Woman Magazine by Cheryl Kravik of Spanaway, Washington. Note that 1 cup sauce will cover one 14" pizza crust.
1 can Tomato Sauce (29 oz.)
1 can Tomato Paste (12 oz.)
1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
1 tablespoon dried Oregano
1 teaspoon Fennel Seed -- crushed
1 teaspoon Onion Powder
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine tomato sauce and tomato paste. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Lower heat; cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Cool to room temperature before using. To store, pour into 1-cup freezer containers, leaving 1/2" headspace. Freeze up to 12 months. Yields about 4 cups.
PIZZA TOPPINGS
Take your pick of these yummy toppings, or make up one of your own and send it to me to add to this on-going collection!
For one medium-sized pizza, use your sauce and cheese(s) of choice and add:
OINK!
2 ounces Sliced Pepperoni
1/4 cup Italian Sausage
1/4 cup Bulk Pork Sausage
MEATLOVERS:
3 ounces Sliced Pepperoni
3 tablespoons Italian Sausage
3 tablespoons Bulk Pork Sausage
3 tablespoons Lean Ground Beef
3 tablespoons Diced and cooked Bacon
SUPREME:
2 ounces Sliced Pepperoni
2 tablespoons Diced and cooked Bacon
2 tablespoons Italian Sausage
2 tablespoons Bulk Pork Sausage
2 tablespoons Cooked Lean Ground Beef
2 tablespoons Diced cooked Ham
2 tablespoons Chopped Ripe Olives
2 tablespoons Thinly sliced Onions
2 tablespoons Chopped Hot Banana Peppers
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HOMEMADE PIZZA WITH CHEESE
This is my own concoction---something I need to be ready to prepare at a moments notice for my resident "pizza freak"!
Serves: 4
Prep.Time: 30 minutes
1 can Tomato Sauce (15-oz.)
2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Dried Oregano
1/4 teaspoon Dried Basil
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/8 teaspoon Onion Powder
1 recipe Pizza Dough or commercial refrigerated pizza dough
1 tablespoon Cornmeal
2 slices Provolone cheese -- cut in strips
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Chopped fresh basil (optional)
Preheat oven to 475 degrees. In a bowl, combine tomato sauce, Parmesan, salt, oregano, basil, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder; whisk slowly to combine thoroughly. Roll out pizza dough to fit 16-inch pizza pan. Sprinkle pan with cornmeal; place rolled-out dough on top of cornmeal. Spread sauce evenly over dough to within 1/2-inch of edges. Place strips of provolone around arpound pizza. Combine mozzarella and cheddar cheeses and sprinkle evenly around pizza. Sprinkle with chopped fresh basil if using. Bake 8-9 minutes or until cheese is melting and bubbly.
NOTES : For Pepperoni Pizza: Place 2 ounces or more sliced Pepperoni evenly around the pizza on top of cheeses.
PAN PIZZA
This was published in the Washington Post 10/7/98---a truly great recipe by a pizza-champ, Charles Scicolone.
Serves: 8
Prep.Time: 45 minutes
SAUCE:
Fresh-made or commercial pizza dough
2 pounds plum tomatoes, peeled and seeded -- chopped
or 1 29-oz.can Italian tomatoes -- drained and chopped
1 clove garlic -- minced
4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt to taste
4-5 fresh basil leaves
TOPPING:
10 ounces thinly sliced mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
SAUCE: In a large saucepan, combine tomatoes, garlic, oil and salt; bring to simmer and cook until thickened, stirring occasionally, 15-20 minutes. Tear or coarsely chop basil leaves; add to sauce. Let cool before using. PIZZA: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Oil a 15x10x1 shallow baking pan; pat and spread dough to fit. Make dimples in dough using fingertips at 1" intervals. Spread sauce over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Bake 20 minutes. Remove pizza from oven; arrange mozzarella on top. Sprinkle with grated cheese; drizzle with oil. Bake 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is browned. Cut into squares and serve hot.
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PIZZA IN A SKILLET
I've had this recipe for ages, but don't know where I got it. It's great for when you're in a rush.
Serves: 4
Prep.Time: 30 minutes
1 clove Garlic -- minced
1 Onion -- Thinly Sliced
1 Green Pepper -- cut in strips
1 ounce Prosciutto or Country Ham -- cut in strips
2 tablespoons Olive Oil, divided
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Dried Oregano
1 package Refrigerated Pizza Crust
3/4 cup Pizza Sauce (any kind)
1 cup Mozzarella cheese -- shredded
2 ounces Pepperoni sausage -- sliced
Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
Combine first 7 ingredients and 1 tablespoon of oil in medium skillet; saute slowly over medium-low heat 5-8 minutes stirring occasionally until barely soft. Place in bowl and set aside. Unroll pizza dough and press into bottom of very large deep skillet (paella pan with lid will do) to fit out to edges. Cover; cook on medium-low heat 5-6 minutes. Spread pizza sauce over crust; top with onion mix. Put mozzarella over onion mixture; top with pepperoni and red pepper flakes (if used) Cover and cook over medium heat 4-5 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is melted.
3 PINES WHITE PIZZA
Make sure everyone eats this---otherwise, nobody will get near the ones who do!
Suggested Wine: Soave Bolla
Serving Ideas : Serve with a tossed green salad
Serves: 4-6
Prep.Time: 30 minutes
1 package Refrigerated Pizza Crust
1 tablespoon Cornmeal
2 tablespoons Olive Oil, divided
6 cloves Garlic -- minced
1/2 teaspoon Dried Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Coarse-ground Black Pepper
3 slices Provolone cheese -- cut in strips
2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 cup thinly sliced Onion
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or parsley
Unroll Pizza crust. Sprinkle cornmeal onto baking sheet; place pizza crust on the pan and spread out edges with fingers. Combine garlic, salt, pepper and oregano in 1 tablespoon of the oil; spread evenly over pizza crust. Place strips of provolone cheese on top of garlic mixture; top with mozzarella. Sprinkle with parsley and bake at 475 degrees 8-9 minutes until cheese is bubbly and melted.
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SFINCIUNI (SICILIAN ONION PIZZA)
Another recipe by the famnous "pizza-meister" Charles Scicolone, courtesy of the 10/7/98 Washington Post.
Serves: 8
DOUGH:
1 envelope active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (105-110 degrees)
3 cups all-purpose flour (more if needed)
1/2 cup grated pecorino Romano cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil for bowl and pan
TOPPING:
1 large onion -- thinly sliced
5 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups canned Italian tomatoes with juice -- chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
1 can anchovy fillets (2 oz.) rinsed and drained -- chopped
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 cup cubed mild provolone, caciocavallo, or ricotta salata cheese
DOUGH: Sprinkle yeast over water; let stand until creamy, and whisk with a fork until smooth. In a large bowl, combine 3 cups flour with the cheese, salt and pepper. Stir in yeast mixture and oil; stir until soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes, adding more flour if needed. Oil a large bowl; place dough into bowl and turn to oil the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
TOPPING: Cook onion with 2 tablespoons oil in medium saucepan until tender, about 7 minutes. Add tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper; cook 10-20 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened. Stir in anchovies; remove from heat and let cool. In a small skillet, heat 1 tablepsoon oil; add breadcrumbs and cook over medium heat until toasted and brown.
Oil a 12-inch round pizza pan; place dough onto pan; pat and stretch out evenly to fit. Cover and let rise 30 minutes or until almost doubled.
Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Uncover dough; using fingertips, make dimples in dough by pressing dough down about 1 inch intervals. Spread half the sauce over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border all around. Bake 5 minutes. Remove pizza from oven; spread remaining sauce over, and scatter cheese on top. Sprinkle with bread crumbs; drizzle remaining oil over top. Bake 4-5 minutes or until cheese is melted and pizza is browned around edges. Cut into wedges and serve immediately.
PIZZA RUSTICA al PUGLIA
Recipe is by "Molto Mario" of the Food TV Network. This might seem involved, but when he makes something, it's truly authentic Italian!
Serves: 4
PIZZA DOUGH
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 to 4 tablespoons water
1 egg plus 1 egg
PIZZA FILLING
1/2 pound Prosciutto, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/2 pound Prosciutto Cotto, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/2 pound fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/2 pound fresh Ricotta
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, drained of oil and julienned
1/4 cup grated Pecorino
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Preheat oven to 375 F and place baking stone in center.
TO MAKE DOUGH:
In a large mixing bowl, place flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and olive oil. Stir together with whisk until texture is like that of moist cereal. Add egg and water and mix well with hands. Place on to floured work surface and knead like bread for 5 minutes. Cover and let rest 10 minute.
TO MAKE FILLING: Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well with hands.
TO ASSEMBLE: Roll out 3/4 dough to a 12 to 14-inch circle and place on a pizza peel, lightly dusted with semolina. Spread filling in center to within 3 inches of edge. Roll remaining dough into a thinner piece 10-inches in diameter and place over filling. Brush outer edge and top of center disk with cool water and fold outer edges inwards to meet center piece and cover the perimeter. Beat remaining egg and brush entire top. Score top with sharp knife in 5 places. Slide on to stone in oven and bake for 40 minutes, until crust is dark golden brown. Remove and let rest 5 minutes before serving.
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ARTICHOKE AND ANCHOVY WHITE PIZZA
This may sound weird, but it actually isn't. It's by Emeril Lagasse on Food TV Network; and everything he prepares is not only "kicked up a notch" but terrific and worth a try!
Serves: 4
4 cooked artichoke hearts
3 cloves of peeled garlic
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
4 (8-inch) rounds of pizza dough
1/4 cup grated Fontina cheese
32 fresh white anchovy fillets
If cooking on a grill, preheat the grill. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a food processor, combine the artichokes and garlic. Puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. With the machine running, add the olive oil in a steady stream. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough thin, about 1/8-inch thick. Brush each round with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Grill the dough for a couple of minutes on each side or until crispy. Remove from the grill and spread the artichoke filling over each pizza round. Sprinkle each round with the cheese. Lay 8 anchovies over each pizza round. Place the pizzas on a large baking sheet. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the cheese melts. Serve warm.
DEEP DISH SAUSAGE AND CHEESE PIZZA
Oh yes----Charles Scicolone really does it right! Try this one soon.
Serves: 8
SAUCE:
1 pound Italian sausage, skinned and crumbled
1 red bell pepper -- chopped
2 large cloves garlic -- minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 pounds fresh plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded -- chopped
or 1 28-oz. can Italian tomatoes and juice -- chopped
Salt to taste
DOUGH:
1 envelope active dry yeast (1 generous tablespoon)
1 cup warm water (105-110 degrees)
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for bowl and pan
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3 cups to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons coarse salt
4 ounces thinly sliced provolone cheese
4 ounces thinly sliced fresh mozzarella cheese
SAUCE: In a large skillet, cook sausage and bell pepper until lightly browned, sitrring frequently; drain off fat. Add garlic and oregano; cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes; bring to simmer and salt ot taste. Cook until sauce is very thick, about 1 hour. Let cool.
DOUGH: Sprinkle yeast over water. Stir until yeast is dissolved. Stir in oil. In a large bowl, combine the whole-wheat flour, 3 cups of all-purpose flour, and the salt. Add yeawst mixture; stir until soft dough forms. Knead 10 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic, adding more flour if needed. Lightly oil a large bowl; add dough and turn once to oil the top. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in a warm place about 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees; Oil two 9-inch layer cake pans. Punch dough down; divide dough in half. Flatten and stretch dough evenly to cover inside the pans, patting it up the sides. Spread about 1 cup of sauce on each dough; top with provolone cheese. Spread 1 more cup sauce over provolone; arrange mozzarella slices over top. Bake 40 minutes or until the crust is crisp and filling is bubbling.
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GRILLED 2-CHEESE PIZZA
Origin of this one is not known, but it's great on the grill and makes a really terrific appetizer.
Serves: 8
1 recipe pizza dough or 1 package refrigerated pizza crust
Olive oil
2 cloves garlic -- minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil, or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/3 cup coarsely chopped Mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup coarsely chopped Gorgonzola cheese
Fresh ground black pepper
Prepare a charcoal or gas grill with a cover; pile coals or lava rocks high on one side, leaving the other side "cool". Divide pizza dough into 8 small round pieces; place on a baking sheet, cover and let rise about 10 minutes. Place as many rounds on the hot side of the grill as will fit; cook 1-2 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Flip; cook 30 seconds. Flip again and place on the cool side of the grill. Paint each lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle evenly with garlic and basil; top with cheeses. Sprinkle with pepper; drizzle with olive oil. Cover grill and cook 2-3 minutes or just until cheese melts and browns slightly. Serve immediately.
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MEDITERRANEAN PIZZA
This may seem a little different, but it's from the region where pizzas were originated, so enjoy!
Serves: 4-6
1 jar (6 1/2 oz) marinated artichoke hearts -- drained and chopped
1/4 cup chopped pitted calamata olives
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 cloves garlic -- minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 package (10 oz) refrigerated pizza crust
2 plum tomatoes -- thinly sliced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Dash red pepper flakes
Preheat oven to 455 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine artichokes, olives, pepper, onion, garlic and basil; mix well and set aside. Roll or pat out crust on a lightly oiled baking stone or shallow baking pan. Spread vegetable mix evenly over crust; top with tomato slices. Sprinkle with oregano and Parmesan; top evenly with mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes to taste; bake 10-12 minutes or until bubbly.
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EAST-WEST PIZZA
TThis is really different---presented by Chef Ming Tsai on Food TV Network---it's his Chinese Grandmother's recipe, and certainly worth a try!
Serves: 2
PIZZA DOUGH:
1 package active dry yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees)
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon five spice powder
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
1 3/4 cups warm water
GRANDMA LEE'S HOISIN CHICKEN PIZZA:
2 cups sliced green onions
2 cups diced raw dark chicken meat
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon sambal oelek, or Chinese chile paste
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons chopped green onions for garnish
In a small bowl, mix yeast, sugar, salt and the 1/4 cup warm water. Let stand 5 minutes until foamy. In a mixer with a dough hook, mix flour and five spice powder. While mixer is running, slowly pour in yeast mixture, the oils, and the rest of the water; mix on low speed 8-10 minutes. Stop mixer when dough forms a smooth and firm ball. Divide dough into 6 balls and place on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper. Cover with a cloth and place in a warm part of the kitchen; let balls double in size, about 2 hours. Working on a floured surface with floured hands, take one ball and spread out with your fingers to about 5 inches in diameter. Take a floured rolling pin and roll out to a little less than 1/4 inch thick and about 8-10 inches in diameter.
To make Hoisin Chicken Pizza:
In a bowl, mix green onions, chicken, hoisin, ginger and sambal. season with salt and pepper and set aside.
Brush one side of dough with a little canola oil and place over low heat on a grill for about 2 minutes. Brush oil on the raw side and turn over. Top the raw pizza with the chicken mixture; then top with cheese. Immediately cover with a lid to help retain the heat and assist the cheese melting process. Bake at 375 degrees 15 minutes (longer cooking at lower temp. to be sure chicken is cooked). Garnish with chopped green onions. NOTE: Carefully watch the pizza. If the grill is too hot, the bottom will burn before the pizza is ready. If this occurs, you can place the pizza on a tray and use the oven broiler to finish the melting.
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BASIC FLAT BREAD
This was featured by Chef Bobby Flay on Food TV Network and I don't think it can be improved on. He cooks his on the grill, but a few minutes in a very hot oven is just as good.
Yield: 3 breads
1-1/2 cups warm water
1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons oil
Mix water and yeast and let stand 15 minutes. Gradually pour in 2 cups of the flour mixture and incorporate. Mix for about 1 minute to form a sponge. Let stand, covered for at least an hour. Put sponge in the bowl of a Kitchen Aid. Using the dough hook, add the salt and oil, then flour 1/2 cup at a time to form a dough. Remove from bowl and knead. Place in a clean oiled bowl and let rise, slowly, about 2 1/2 hours. Divide dough into three balls, let rise again for 1/2 hour and roll out.
GRILLED FLATBREAD WITH RICOTTA CHEESE, FRESH TOMATOES, OREGANO AND ROASTED GARLIC OIL :
1 recipe flat bread
1 8 ounce container of ricotta cheese, drained
3 plum tomatoes, diced
2 tablespoons basil chiffonade
Shaved parmesan
1/2 cup olive oil
6 cloves roasted garlic
Place oil and garlic in a blender and blend until smooth. Strain. Set aside. Flatten dough, brush liberally with olive oil and through on the grill. Grill on one side until golden brown. Turn over and spread with ricotta, tomatoes and basil. Remove and top with shaved parmesan and drizzle with garlic oil.
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QUICK FOCCACIA
Busy? In a hurry? This is just the ticket!
Serves: 4
Prep.Time: 10 minutes + 15 minutes baking
1 package (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent rolls
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (fresh herbs are better)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Use a baking stone if you have one, or lightly spray a cookie sheet or shallow baking pan with non-stick olive oil cooking spray. Separate dough into triangles and place onto prepared stone or pan; press edges together to form one large piece and roll out or flatten with your hands to about 1/4 inch thickness. Brush dough thoroughly with oil; sprinkle with seasoning and herbs, and top with grated Parmesan. Bake 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut into wedges with a pizza cutter and serve warm.
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COARSE SALT AND ROSEMARY FOCCACIA
Here is a more time-consuming recipe, but certainly more authentic---and delicious with a meal or even used to make a luscious thick sandwich.
1 package active dry yeast
2 cups warm water (110 degrees)
8 tablespoons olive oil
5 cups unbleached flour
1 tablespoon salt (kosher salt)
3 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon coarse salt (kosher salt or coarse sea salt)
Combine the yeast and warm water in a bowl, add 3 tablespoons olive oil to the water and let soak for 5 minutes. Mix the flour, 1 tablespoon salt and half the rosemary together in a bowl. Using a wooden spoon, pour the water yeast mixture into the flour and stir together to form a well mixed dough. Scrap the dough out onto a floured work surface and begin to work the dough with the heel of your hands, pulling and folding the dough as you push and pull. Work the dough for 10 minutes, put the dough into a lightly oiled bowl and then let rise at room temperature for 1-1/2 hours. Lightly oil a cookie sheet pan, spread the dough out in the pan and pull the dough evenly into the corners. Let the dough rise again for 1 hour more. Poke the surface of the dough all over with the tip of your finger and drizzle the remaining olive oil over the surface of the dough, sprinkle with the coarse salt and remaining rosemary and bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Check the bottom of the focaccia to ensure it is not burning and bake an additional 5 minutes. Serve warm.
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FOCCACIA de PATATE alla ROMANA
(Roman Potato Foccacia)
A fancy one---by Charles Scicolone---take the time, make it, and you'll love it!
Serves: 9
Prep.Time: 40 minutes +
1 envelope active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (105-110 degrees)
6 tablespoons olive oil + more for bowl and pan
3 cups to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons coarse salt
1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes (3-4 medium)
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
Sprinkle yeast over water; let stand 1 minute or until yeast is creamy, and stir to dissolve. Add 2 tablespoons of the oil. In a large bowl, combine 3 cups of the flour and the salt. Add yeast mixture; stir until soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes, adding more flour if needed. Lightly coat a large bowl with oil; place dough in the bowl and turn to oil the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1-1/2 hours.
Oil 15x10x1 shallow baking pan. Flatten dough and put in center of pan; pat anad stretch dough to fit. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise 1 hour or until puffy and nearly doubled.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees; set rack in top third of oven. Peel potatoes and slice very thin; arrange on top of dough, overlapping slightly. Brush potatoes with remaining oil; sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper. Scatter rosemary on top. Bake 30 minutes. Increase oven heat to 450 degrees; bake 10 minutes longer or until potatoes are tender and browned on edges. Slide focaccia onto a board and cut into slices.
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SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS CALZONES
A special by my favorite Chef, Emeril Lagasse---served with a little Italian salad and these make a meal
Serves: 4
1 pound fresh Italian sausage, removed from the casing
Olive oil
1 small onion, peeled and julienned
1 small green bell pepper, seeded and julienned
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and julienned
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
8 ounces ricotta cheese
8 ounces grated Mozzarella cheese
8 ounces grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Pinch of crushed red pepper
4 individual 6-inch pizza dough rounds
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In one saute pan, over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the sausage and brown, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat, drain and cool completely. In another saute pan, over medium heat, add the remaining oil. Add the onions and peppers. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and remove from the heat. Cool completely. In a mixing bowl, combine the sausage, onion-pepper mixture, cheeses and crushed red pepper. Mix well. Season with salt. Using a fork, dock each round of pizza dough. Divide the mixture into fourths and place in the center of each round of dough. Fold one end of the dough over the other, forming a half-moon shape. Using a fork or your fingers press the ends together, sealing the calzones completely. Place the calzones on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve warm.
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STROMBOLI
This is one of my favorites---quick and easy, too.
Serves: 4
1 package refrigerated pizza dough
1/2 cup pizza sauce
3 ounces sliced pepperoni
3 ounces cooked Italian sausage
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees; grease a shallow baking pan or cookie sheet. Unroll dough and press out into 12 x 8 rectangle. Spread sauce over dough evenly to within 2 inches of sides. Top with pepperoni, sausage, onion and Italian seasoning. Spread cheese evenly over all. Fold long sides over filling; pinch to seal. Pinch shsort sides to seal. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with additional pizza sauce on the side if desired.
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SUPER STROMBOLI
Another old favorite of ours, updated May '08, piles on almost everything we love. But don't limit yourself to this combo---add your own favorites or take awya ours---it's all up to you. Either way, this one is super!
Serves 2 "healthy" portions. Double the recipe for 4 or more servings.

SAUCE:
1 can tomato sauce (8 oz.)
1/4 cup grated onion
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
tablespoon dried oregano
Pinch each kosher salt and coarse ground pepper

1/2 recipe my best-ever pizza dough (recipe at the top of this page)
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan/Romano cheese
3 slices Mozzarella cheese
3 slices smoked or plain Provolone cheese
1/2 cup sliced pepperoni
1 link mild or hot Italian sausage, part cooked -- sliced
1 slice Prosciutto ham -- diced
Crushed red pepper
Olive oil for topping

in a small bowl, combine all sauce ingredients and mix well. Put aside for the flavors to blend while the dough is rising.

Preheat oven to 450 degress. Lightly spray a shallow baking pan with PAM or line with parchment paper.

Liberally sprinkle counter or board with flour and turn out risien dough onto the flour. Turn once or twice to reduce any stickiness of the dough. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a large rectangle, about 12"x8". Spread pizza sauce over dough to within 2" from edges.Place slices of Mozzarella lenghwise to cover tjhe length of the dough, then top with Provolone in the same manner. Top with pepperonii, then crumbled Italian sausage, then diced Prosciutto. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan if desired, then sprinkle liberally with with crushed red papper.

From the short side of dough, carefully roll dough, keep the filling from spilling out; pinch seam shut tightly. Place seam side down and use a lame or sharp knife to cut slits into the top of the strombolie for steam to escape. Brush the top with olive oil and bake 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Let sit about 5 minutes before slicing.
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