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Monday, June 15, 2009
Whole Grain Garden Veggie Pizza
How do you like your pizza? With 4 cheese topping, or vegetables & cheese ,or veggie ,meat & cheese combo?. I like mine with generous topping of vegetables with cheese to a minimum,by generous I don't mean loads that will the soak the pizza wet.I mean more variety and preferably garden fresh vegetables.
Whether Chicago style deep-dish crust or New york style thin crust,adding whole grains to the crust is eating smart.If not completely whole grain ,half whole grain and half all-purpose flour is better than an zero fiber crust.
And flavor as per your taste buds,while some of us like it mild with no spices then there are others who like it all spiced up like this Chicken Tikka pizza,which reminded of the pizzeria in my hometown that we always loved to eat out during the good-old college years.Fast forward 8 years I can bake my own pizza ,I first tasted this specialty pizza at Giuseppe's,that intimated me to top with variety of fresh veggies.Customized with my favorite ingredients I present this fresh-from-the-oven pizza,for a fun family pizza night.
2 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 tablespoon Flax seed meal/ground flax seed
1 active dry yeast pack,about 1 1/2 teaspoon
1/4 tsp sugar
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive oil
1 cup warm water
3/4 teaspoon Salt
For the Topping
1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil
1 cup spinach
1 cup of vegetables ,I used combination of Chopped broccoli and sliced Mushrooms
1 Ripe medium tomato,sliced
1 small Onion,sliced
1 cup Italian Pizza Sauce
1 teaspoon chili flakes
Handful of fresh basil leaves,torn in pieces
1/2 cup partly skimmed mozzarella cheese,shredded
Prepare the dough
Dissolve the yeast in warm water, stir in the sugar and allow the yeast to get frothy, about 10 minutes.In a large bowl combine the flour,salt and flax seed meal. Add the yeast mixture and olive oil and knead until well combined.Apply some more oil on the sides of the bowl cover and allow to rise until double it size about 1-2 hours.
Wilt the spinach by cooking about 1-2 minutes in boiling water.drain and squeeze out excess water from the spinach.Keep aside for topping.
Mix rest of the vegetables & basil except the tomatoes in a bowl with a tablespoon of olive oil and chilli flakes.Keep aside
Preheat oven to 450F.
Turn out the dough on to a lightly floured surface,knead lightly.Roll and press out to a round pizza about 10-12 inches,place on the baking tray or pizza stone.
Spread the sauce over pizza base to withing 1cm of the edge.Sprinkle the vegetable mixture,wilted spinach,cheese and tomato slices all over.
Place in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until crust has risen and is golden and the cheese has melted.Cut in wedges and serve warm.
This is my entry for BBD #21 -Pizza Party,celebrating 2 year anniversary.