Monday, August 26, 2013 'What's in the Fridge?', Pizza

On nights when I'm avoiding the grocery store I play a game called 'what's in the fridge?' 
I search through opened jars and ziplock baggies with only partial ingredients (which is why this pizza may look similar to last week's salad....). For this round I found a nub of Salami, a bit red Bell Pepper, part of a Shallot, 5 Olives (less, after I ate a few while chopping), a Tomato & Garlic. These combine with Mozzarella, fresh Pizza Dough & a little red gravy made for a delicious Pizza with enough left over for lunch the next day!

The Toppings
Pizza Dough (Recipe Below)
1/2 Shallot, Thinly Sliced
2 Cloves of Garlic
1/3 Cup Red Gravy (Marinara)
4-5 Slices of Salami, Finley Diced
1/4 Red Bell Pepper, Finley Diced
1 Small Tomato, Finley Diced
3 Olives, Thinly Sliced
1 Cup Mozzarella

The Dough
1-1/8 Cup Lukewarm Water
1Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Yeast
2-1/2 Cups Flour
2 tsp Olive Oil
1-1/2 tsp Salt

Mix the warm Water, Sugar & Yeast let sit for 5-10 minutes. Add Flour, Olive Oil & Salt, fold until just combined. Allow the dough to rise for about an hour. In the meantime begin chopping and preheat the oven with a pizza stone inside.

Roll out the dough with plenty of Flour and place it on the preheated pizza stone. Brush with Olive Oil, Shallot & Garlic. Bake for 15 minutes, until the crust is lightly golden. Pull out of the oven add remaining toppings (except the Cheese) and return to the oven for another 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with Cheese. The Pizza and topping will be hot enough to melt the Cheese perfectly. Cut, serve & enjoy!

Happy Cooking (& Baking)!

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