Once again, with the help of your votes, I have made it to challenge 5 of Project Food Blog. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have made it this far (thank you!!). Challenge 5 requires the contestants to put their own spin on pizza. The simplicity of the challenge is actually what made it so difficult. Pizza is so versatile – I came up with dozens of pizza variations and topping ideas (classic and not, savory and sweet). How do you narrow it down to just one?
I actually ended up going to Whole Foods to buy ingredients for a dessert pizza. Doesn’t that sound like fun? But then I saw a small container of garlic marinated anchovy fillets and this ingredient just spoke to me. Dessert pizza will have to wait for another day.
I am really into anchovies lately ever since trying a few different kinds of crostini with anchovies on our recent trip to San Francisco and Napa. So it was decided.
- Whole wheat and honey crust. I used this super quick recipe – it literally took less than 20 minutes from start to finish – perfect for even a weeknight!
- Tomato sauce. My absolute favorite sauce is Trader Joe’s organic tomato sauce. I much prefer it to the traditional “pizza sauce” – its a big tangy and very fresh tasting. I am never tempted to make my own. Why mess with perfection? 😀
- Organic part-skim shredded mozzarella
- Garlic marinaded anchovy fillets
- Hot pepper rings
I know this sounds funky but trust me, it REALLY works! (I made little taste test crostini first to make sure I’m not crazy and Adam and I both decided that this was an amazing combo so I proceeded with making it into pizza.)
Come join me in some pizza making…
About 9-10 minutes later:
A failed attempt at hand-turned pizza:
The dough wasn’t elastic enough, I decided to knead it for a minute and then just roll it out. Easy!
[Tip: shape your dough into the final shape you want it to have – I “beat it” into a circle before rolling it out.]
Pierce with fork, pre-bake at 450* for 3 minutes
Let’s build our toppings!
After baking at 450* for 8 minutes
Top with avocado and get your plates ready. 😀
Let’s eat!! 😎
The anchovies are a little salty and have balanced flavors of garlic and vinegar, the pepper rings add some nice heat and the avocado provides some creaminess. This is my spin on a traditional pizza recipe.
What’s the most unique pizza combination you’ve ever enjoyed?
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