It's Friday!!! And what does that mean? Pizza Pizza!!!!But not just Fridays…pizza happens more times then not in our house…It's the misters favorite food and for real, he could eat it everyday, all day.…He is kind of made of the stuff. As for me, well I don't mind making it for him because it's easy. And because I am making it, it doesn't have 8 million calories, 9 million grams of fat and have 10 million milligrams of sodium like takeout of frozen. My pizzas are for the most part pretty freaking heathy. It really depends on how its topped. Like take this one.. Homemade pesto, good quaility cheese, (you can use vegan or low fat) chickpeas and tomatoes. Not to shabby. And really, it isn't any more complicated then calling the take-out place or unwrapping the frozen plastic disk from the box. All you need is some good dough (I guess you could use store bought) and some good quality toppings… and you're there…Pizza in your face.
For this pizza I used the skillet cooking method. This crust is one of the misters favorites. It is a basic pizza dough but cooked on the stove in a skillet. It's almost like a pita bread, but not. And I like to make it this way because its really fast (once the dough is made) and I can even make up a few crusts to have on hand for later.
Fast, healthy, and tasty…..Why not eat pizza every day?
Not too many ingredients here. 3 cups of all purpose flour or 2 cups all purpose and 1 cup white whole wheat. A teaspoon salt, a teaspoon honey (use sugar if vegan), yeast and warm water…
Start with the dough. Add honey or sugar to yeast and warm water and let sit to active, which should take about 5 minutes.
Mix together the salt and flour(s) and add the foamy yeast mixture. Mix until it all comes together and dump out onto a floured surface. (if the dough seems to dry add a splash of water..if way to wet, add a little flour) Give the dough a good 2-3 minute knead session, adding flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking. Form a nice ball, place back into bowl and drizzle with oil. Cover bowl with a towel and stick in warm place to rise for about an hour or until it has doubled in size.
When dough has doubled, dump back onto a floured surface and divide into 4 equal sized balls (or as many balls at whatever size you want)
Now you have a few choices here. You can either cook up all the dough now if you need it, or freeze dough balls for future use. If you think you are going to make pizza again within the next few days, it can be refrigerated, or you could also blind bake the dough and freeze or fridragerate that and have pre baked crusts all ready to go. So many options… just do whatever works for you.
To make the dough in a skillet, oil the bottom of a 15 inch skillet, turn burner on to high and let preheat until the oil is sizzling. Roll dough out to roughly the size of the skillet and when it has preheated, place dough on in there and let cook for about 3-5 minutes, or until the dough starts to bubble and the bottom has started to brown. Turn burner down to medium and flip. Cook this side for another 3-5 minutes.
If you want oven crust, just roll out and place on a baking sheet and bake with topping on at 475 degrees for about 20 minutes
Now the crust is ready for the toppings!!
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Smear the pesto (for this pie, I used the last of my homemade pesto from last summer…sad face) Mince garlic and distribute evenly on top of that. Then do the cheese, followed by the tomato slices and chick peas. Sprinkle with a bit of salt, cracked pepper and some parmesan cheese.
Stick into oven for 10 or so minutes or until the chesse is nice and bubbly and the crust os crispy and brown.
And that is pizza. A super duper, yummy, healthy, not too fatty or overly salty… can be eaten breakfast lunch or dinner time, pretty, satisfying, pizza.
Make it for yourself, for you lover, for a friend. Make it in the shape of a heart or an elephant. Give you kid(s) a ball of dough and have them make their own… I know… such a good idea.
Everyday, all day.. Happy Friday and Happy Pizza
Skillet Pizza Dough and Pesto Chickpea Pizza
For the dough ..Makes about four 10 inch pizza doughs or three 12 -14 inch doughs. This is also the same recipe I use for all of my pizzas (skillet and oven)
- 3 cups of all purpose flour or 2 cups all purpose and 1 cup white whole wheat
- 2 1/4 teaspoons of yeast or 1 packet
- 1 teaspoon of honey or sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
The Pizza Toppings (for a 15 inch crust..adjust amounts to your need or liking)
- 1/4 cup of pesto
- 1 large roma tomato thinly sliced
- a few cloves of garlic minced
- 1/1 cup of prepare chick peas.. rinsed and drained
- 1/2- 3/4 cup of cheddar cheese (or any kind you like..use vegan cheese if you want too)
- salt, pepper, and parmeasan (optional) to sprinkle on top
To start, place honey, yeast and water into a jar or bowl and let sit to active until mixture starts to foam. Mix together flour and salt into a large bowl and add in yeast mixture. Stir until combined and dump onto a well floured surface. Knead dough for a a few minutes and form into a ball. Place back into bowl, drizzle with oil and top with a towel. Place somewhere warm to rise for an hour, or until dough has doubled in size.
When dough is done rising, dump back onto floured surface and divide into 4-8 equal sized balls.( 4 balls make 15 inch pizza… 8 balls are good for individual size pizzas) Place whatever dough you are not going to use into a closable plastic bag and either stick in fridge(if using within a few days) or freeze for future use.
Place skillet on high heat on stove and drizzle with oil. Also, preheat oven to 450 degrees. Roll out you dough and when the skillet is has gotten really hot, place dough right on in. Let cook for about 3-5 minutes or unit the cough has started to form bubbles and the bottom has started to brown. Turn heat down to low and cook other side for another 3-5 minutes or until browned.
Now pizzafy it.. Add on the toppings. Smear with pesto, add minced garlic, then evenly sprinkle cheese. Top with the chick peas and the sliced tomatoes. A sprinkle of salt and pepper and a dusting of grated parmesan……Right into the oven for about 10 minutes to melt it all together…..