Healthy eating tip of the day:
“Don’t eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. There are a great many food-like items in the supermarket your ancestors wouldn’t recognize as food (Go-Gurt? Breakfast-cereal bars? Nondairy creamer?); stay away from these.”
—Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma
I try to abide by the above tip as much as I can. The less processed, the better! I’m pretty sure my great-great grandmother would eat the recipe I’m going to share today: Mouthwatering White Pizza!
And no, it’s not the healthiest thing to eat, but everyone deserves good pizza every now and then and making your own is much more healthy than ordering in (and cheaper too!).
I used to only order white pizza when I went out to eat. For some reason, I thought it was hard to make a good white pizza at home, but boy was I wrong! The other reason I used to rarely make it is because Luke, like a lot of people, prefers sauce on his pizza. I have made it for him a couple times and even he thinks it’s delicious, though he still prefers sauce. Nowadays, whenever I know he won’t be around for dinner, making white pizza is one of the first things that comes to mind. And after a few trials, I think I’ve perfected it :). If you don’t like cheese or garlic (you’re crazy!), you won’t like this pizza. But if you do, get cooking!
First, slice your mozzarella ball.
Then stretch your dough out on your *preheated pizza pan*.
Spread olive oil all over the crust.
Add lots of garlic and both cheeses.
Top with a sprinkle of basil and bake at 475 for 16 minutes.
And you’ve got a mouthwatering, delicious white pizza!
Mouthwatering White Pizza
- 1 ball of whole wheat pizza dough (or you can make your own)
- 1.5 tbsp olive oil
- 1 mozzerella ball
- 7 tbsp fat free ricotta cheese
- 5 cloves of garlic, minced (use more or less to your preference, I love garlic!)
- 1 tsp basil
- Grated parmesan cheese to top (optional)
1) Take your pizza dough out of the refrigerator and let it rest for 30 minutes prior to cooking. This helps the dough be easier to stretch out and work with.
2) Preheat oven, with pizza pan in it, to 475 degrees. *This creates a more crispy pizza.
3) In the meantime, slice your mozzarella ball and get your other ingredients ready.
4) When the pan is preheated, take it out of the oven and stretch out your dough to fit the pan.
5) Spread the olive oil all over the pizza dough (crust and center).
6) Add your minced garlic, ricotta cheese (in small spoonfuls), and mozzarella to the dough.
7) Top with a sprinkle of basil.
8) Bake at 475 for 12 minutes on the bottom shelf, then transfer to the top shelf for another 4 minutes.
9) Let cool for 5 minutes on the pizza pan.
10) Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese if you’d like, and enjoy!