Saturday, January 29, 2011

Homemade Pizzas are the BEST!!!

When we went home for the holidays, Nathan and Nina bought Papa Murphy's pizza one night and one of the pizzas was the DeLite Mediterranean Herb Chicken Pizza. We loved it. If ever we get Papa Murphy's this is the stuff we'll get. We wanted to try and make it homemade style so we found a recipe online bought the ingredients and tried it out tonight. Outcome? very delicious, the crust was different and the sun-dried tomatoes didn't have as much flavor but is was still really good!

A delicious homemade pizza with garlic, chicken, sun dried tomatoes, feta cheese, and baby spinach
16 slices
Crust Ingredients:
1 cup warm water (110 degrees)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 to 2.5 cups bread flour (or all-purpose flour)
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
Sauce Ingredients:
1/3 cup Light or Fat Free Italian salad dressing
2-3 cloves minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
dash of black pepper
3-4 cups (12-16 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
1-2 cups cooked cubed chicken breast
1/3 cup Sun Dried tomatoes
1/2 to 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup diced onions, optional
1 cup (or one small handful) fresh baby spinach leaves
1 medium-large Roma tomato, diced
Crushed red pepper, for serving (optional)
Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)
1. To make pizza crust, combine warm water and salt in a mixing bowl. Add about 2 cups of the flour, along with the yeast, and stir until a sticky dough forms. Add more flour as needed, and knead dough with clean hands until a soft, elastic dough forms. Knead for 5 minutes or so.
If you have a bread machine, set machine to "dough" cycle and put ingredients into the machine in order listed. (Start with 2 cups of flour and add more as it kneads if the dough looks too sticky.) Dough should be slightly sticky, but smooth and elastic. I allow my bread machine to knead the dough for about 15 minutes (or until dough looks smooth and elastic) before turning off the machine and pulling out the dough to use.
2. Liberally butter a 16-inch round pizza pan. With clean buttery hands, spread and press the dough into the pan to form a pizza crust.
3. Mix sauce ingredients together and spread over the dough. Sprinkle toppings on. I listed the toppings in the order I prefer to add them (sun dried tomatoes can get too dark if they're added last; the spinach shrinks substantially as it cooks and will look like a lot less in the end!).
If you like a thinner crust, pre-heat oven and bake immediately.f you prefer a slightly thicker/fluffier crust, allow pizza to rest for 15-20 minutes before baking.
4. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Bake pizza for 10-12 minutes, until the crust is browned on bottom and the toppings are hot and bubbly.
If I'm using a thinner, non-stick pizza pan, I bake it on the top oven rack. For a heavier/thicker stainless steel pan, I use the bottom oven rack to ensure that the crust gets fully cooked.
5. Remove pizza from oven; cut into slices after about 5 minutes. Serve with crushed red pepper and Parmesan cheese if desired.
Preparation Time:
30-40 minutes
Cooking Time:
10-12 minutes