Gourmet Veggie Pizza

I know that simply Gourmet Veggie Pizza is not a very sexy recipe title.  Perhaps I should have named this “I Knew that Three Pizzas Were Not Going to Be Enough with a 14-Year-Old Boy in the House Pizza.”

During our after Christmas celebration with my side of the family, we had lots of food and fun going on in the house….lots of food….

You see, I had not seen my eldest nephew since May.   Every time I see him, he seems to have grown a foot or more.  By Spring Break, I know he will be taller than The Hubs (who is 6’2″).

Anywhoo, I knew that the three pizzas I had planned for dinner, a pepperoni, a deep-dish sausage, and a Canadian bacon w/pineapple, were not going to be enough.  Mom had helped whip up a double batch of pizza dough so there was one more crust with which to experiment.

Gourmet Veggie Pizza from Eliot's Eats

Gourmet Veggie Pizza

Dough for one pizza crust
1/2 c. pizza or tomato sauce
8 oz. sliced fresh mushrooms
1/4 c. sliced marinated olives
1/4 c. oil-packed dried tomatoes
1/4 c. garlic confit (or roasted garlic)
1 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
a sprinkling of herbed salt

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  While oven is preheating, go ahead and place a pizza stone in the oven.  Let stone preheat for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Roll out dough thin and place on parchment paper.   Using a pizza peel (or a flat cookie sheet) place the crust on hot pizza stone.   Prick dough with a fork so air can escape and bubbles won’t form.  Place crust in oven for about 5 minutes or until it just begins to firm up.   Remove and spread on tomato sauce.   Top with remaining toppings.  Return to the oven for another 5-10 minutes or until the cheese has melted and is bubbly.

Luckily, I had all of these ingredients in the fridge and pantry.   The garlic confit added just the right mellowness to the pie to make it almost gourmet.  The most of the adults on the table deemed this their favorite.

Gourmet Veggie Pizza from Eliot's Eats

The adult winner.

 

The 9-year-old and the growing-as-we-speak-14-year-old found the deep dish more to their palate and liking.

Deep-Dish Pizza from Eliot's Eats

Piled with pepperoni, sausage, cheese and two layers of sauce.

Check out some of the other dishes we enjoyed:

Festive Quinoa Salad

Andouille-Butternut Soup

Green Chile and Sausage Soup

Stay tuned for Cannellini Baked Beans and Super Bowl Sandwiches.

 

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