In case you’ve been looking for me, I’ve been pinning shit non-stop. I’m not sure what the addiction is, but alas, I’ve been caught in it’s web for a week. So come hang out with me over on Pinterest y’all, you can find me here. In case you’re wondering the kinds of things I pin…well…
Also, I’ve been sick-ish. I caught something that Benjamin had last week, which involves: fever, aches, upset tummy, sore throat and sinus gunk. Due to my upset tummy, I’ve really only been eating crackers during the day, and then craving fresh foods for dinner. But tonight, I wanted cheese. I have no idea why. It just needed to happen. I only had enough money to buy mozzarella, and had to put the rest together from stuff I already had, sooo….
1 Whole Wheat Pizza Crust, ready to go
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 c Spicy Arrabiata Sauce
1/2 c Diced Tomatoes (canned or jar – whichever you kids are using these days)
3 tbsp Fresh Snipped Basil
1 Garlic Clove, Crushed
Salt to taste
Fresh Mozzarella, sliced or finely chopped
About 20 minutes before you’re ready to chunk your pizza in the oven, combine in a mixing bowl (a) the Arrabiata sauce (b) the diced tomatoes (c) crushed garlic (d) your basil – stir well, and set aside.
After 20 mins or so:
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Sprinkle your pizza stone (or whatever you’re cooking on) with garlic powder and place your pizza crust on top. Lightly brush your pizza crust with olive oil (you probably won’t use all 2 tbsp), and if desired, sprinkle a little more garlic powder around the outside edge of the crust (it makes for tasty bites where there’s no sauce/cheese).
Now, taste your sauce mixture, then add salt to taste. Using a slotted spoon, spread sauce evenly over the crust.
Add your mozzarella to the top, and bake until mozzarella browns slightly – about 15-20 minutes
(A) Don’t use mozzarella pearls whole – you get a weird pattern on your pizza and uneven cheese coverage
(B) Drain your fresh mozzarella well before adding to the top of the pizza – otherwise you have to cook off the extra liquid and your pizza crust will absorb too much of your sauce
Holla at me next time you make a pizza! Or, you know, slightly fail at making a pizza…