Monday, June 8, 2015

My Wild & Colorful Pizza (makes one 14-inch pizza)



I am not a fan of pizza. However, my husband loves pizza. Over the years I learned not to ask my husband what he wants to eat since he would typically reply with, "whatever you want to make" or "surprise me".  If I feed him the same old food every day, particularly any meat dish, he probably would not mind! Lately he has been traveling quite a bit for work and is forced to eat out in restaurants. He mentions that he has not been eating much vegetables. Today just for a kick I asked him multiple times what he wants to eat, he finally requested vegetables. Today I am inspired to make this colorful pizza but with some meat and lots of vegetables, flowers and even wild strawberries.

The strawberries came from near the cabin of our friends Karen and Jim up North. They have the wild strawberry plants growing all over their yard and last year my husband brought some back and planted them in our garden. This year we basically have been so busy with work that we did not have time to tend the garden. About 2 weeks ago I went to the garden to pick some mint and noticed the strawberries popping out. I had forgotten how amazingly tasty these wild berries were. Today I was out there to harvest some thyme flowers and noticed more strawberries. So, I decided to pick them and add them to this pizza. The result was both tasty and pretty looking.



Wild & Colorful Pizza (makes one 14-inch pizza)

Ingredients:

1.2 lbs wheat pizza dough
6-7 oz of puree tomato sauce
Your meat of choice (I used a mixture of one Italian hot sausage, a few large slices of peperoni and pancetta)
8-10 pre-boiled fiddleheads for about 10 minutes
A handful of fresh baby arugula
A small handful of wild strawberries
A small handful of young purple shiso leaves
A few partially dried wild rose hip petals
A few thyme flower tips
4 chives flowers
A few young Chinese chive leaves, chopped or snipped with scissors
A large handful of your choice of cheese

Method:

Try to get the pizza dough to about the size of your pizza stone. Spread the tomato sauce over the dough evenly. Layer on the rest of ingredients. Bake the pizza on a pizza stone in a pre-heated oven at 500 degrees F until golden brown (about 10 minutes).

*The store-made wheat pizza dough came from my local Market Basket (grocery). This is great for last minute inspiration!
*You can purchase a can or make your own puree tomato sauce. When I make my own I like to add garlic and onion to the tomato sauce for extra flavors.
*Be sure to add extra flour between your pizza stone and your pizza to prevent it from sticking. I used semolina flour.

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