Who doesn’t love pizza? There’s nothing like biting into a warm, gooey piece of pizza piping hot from the oven. Not only can you make your family a healthy, organic pizza that tastes as good, most likely better, than the store-bought or pizzeria ones, but a homemade pizza is budget-friendly as well.
Here is a recipe for organic dough, an organic sauce with hidden veggies, plus suggestions for organic toppings that are sure to have your whole family ready to chow down.
For the dough:
1/2 envelope (1 teaspoon) active dry yeast
1 cup warm (not hot) water
Pinch of sugar
1 1/2 cups organic unbleached white or bread flour, mixed with 1/2 cup whole wheat flour if you prefer
1 tablespoon each toasted wheat germ and ground flaxseed (optional)
2 teaspoons kosher salt (or half as much table salt)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1. Sprinkle yeast over water in measuring cup, add sugar, and let dissolve for about 5 minutes. If any dry yeast remains on the surface after that, stir briefly to mix in. Then choose your method:
Food processor: Pulse flour with wheat germ and flaxseed, if using, and salt. Add oil to yeast mixture and, with processor running, pour liquid slowly into the feed tube. The dough should cohere and form a ball that sits on top of the blade. If it doesn’t, it’s either too wet or too dry, and you should add water or flour accordingly, a tablespoon at a time, pulsing until the ball forms. Scrape dough (it will be sticky) onto a lightly floured counter, sprinkle with flour, and knead 2 or 3 times to form a ball.
Stand mixer: Pour yeast mixture and oil into bowl of mixer. Using paddle attachment, mix in dry ingredients on low speed (adjust dough with flour or water as directed above if it seems too wet or too dry) then switch to dough hook and knead about 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and springy.
By hand: Pour yeast mixture into a large bowl with oil, and stir in dry ingredients until the mixture coheres into a mass of dough, about 1 minute. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, then knead, adding as little flour as possible, until dough feels smooth and springy — 8 minutes or so.
2. Next, whichever method you’ve used, place dough in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and leave in a warm place to rise for about an hour, or until it doubles in size.
3. Flour your hands and punch down dough, then turn it out onto a lightly floured counter, knead once or twice, and separate into two pieces. Shape each piece into a smooth ball, cover balls loosely with plastic wrap, and let rest for 5 minutes.
4. Spread dough into your favorite pizza pan or onto a pizza stone.
Pizza dough recipe: By Catherine Newman, “Dalai Mama Dishes” blog
Organic Pizza Sauce
organic tomato sauce (not in a can as it will have BPA)
1/2 cup of organic chicken broth
a pinch of sugar
1/4 cup of diced organic tomatoes (optional)
1/4 cup of diced sun dried tomatoes (optional)
1/2 tsp of salt
1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp of crushed garlic
1 tsp of basil
ground black pepper
a dash of Chinese chili paste or a dash of red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
For the toppings hidden inside add (you can change this to whatever your fav veggie topings are)
3 mushrooms diced
1/3 cup of diced organic red onions
a little frozen spinach (however much you like in it)
1. Put all ingredients into a medium sized sauce pan and simmer on medium until it starts to boil then turn down to lowest setting.
2. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally until slightly thicker then spaghetti sauce. This will take 1/2 hour to 1 hour.
3. When finished, spread onto your crust!
Organic Pizza sauce recipe: Julie at www.theurbanhomestaed.blogspot.com
Now comes the fun part! Once you have your crust topped with sauce, you can add toppings to make it your own. Suggestions include organic mushrooms, peppers, spinach, garlic, tomatoes, black olives, asparagus, green peas, ham and even bacon if you can locate an uncured organic variety. Spread your sauce with a layer of organic mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese or crème fraiche. For the kids, set out bowls of toppings so that they can make their own pizzas! Organic shredded cheese, sausage, chicken, or vegetables are all kid-friendly.