How to Make Homemade Vegetarian Pizza

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    With just the twist of jar… you can make a great pizza into a memorable meal. Toppings make the pizza and for a pizza that all your friends will talk about, you only need few outstanding ingredients. Chef Phil Anderson will show you how.

    Phil Anderson: Hi! Im Chef Phil Anderson, Harris Teeters Executive Chef. Today, were going to make a delicious pizza.

    The ingredients are two and a quarter cups of flour, one teaspoon of yeast, five ounces of warm water, a half a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, four tablespoons of Tapanade which were going to use as our base, six to eight Roma tomatoes which Ive sliced up for the pizza, and then three cups of mixed cheese, mozzarella, sharp cheddar and fontina cheese. Then, were going to top it with two teaspoons of oregano.

    Alright! Well, how we do this is we start off with the flour, and your oil, it might need a little bit more water or it may a need a little less, so you add it in slowly. This is warm, now were going to dump the yeast in it and were going to mix this up with our hands. Your hands are going to be the key to this.

    Whats going to happen here is the yeast is going to start to activate and the dough is going to get bigger or fuller of carbon dioxide. The yeast does as it eats the sugars and expels carbon dioxide and thats our livener for the pizza.

    Okay. Weve got this to where we really want it. Now we want to cover it and wait for about 30 minutes to let the yeast activate. Okay, we will see it in about 30 minutes. We had this sitting here for about 30 minutes, now its going to be ready. You can see it has a little bit of give to it.

    So we want to make sure that we preheat our oven to about 400 degrees. Pizza likes hot temperatures. Im going to spray this in. And then Im just going to kind of start from the outside and just start letting the weight of the dough pull down as we stretch it. And then what you try to do is in there with fingers, stretch the dough with fingers. Its easier if its bigger, more surface area. With knuckles you kind of stretch away.

    So putting this to the pan and that nice edge is on it. Now were going to take some Tapanade and were going to spread this Tapanade down. So this is what makes it really, really cool. Just spread peppers and tomatoes and some olive oil, and well make sure that we get to the coverage. We will go right up to the edge. Dont be afraid to go to the edge. Then lets do the tomatoes. Tomatoes, well just put on our pizza. Now this is the mix of the fontina, cheddar and mozzarella cheese, now you can also stretch this dough out a little bit bigger if you wanted to, if you had a bigger pan. Im not going to use because I didnt stretch it out as big ad I could have, I probably won't use all of this cheese. So if this was our 16 inch pizza, I would use all of this. Now were going to put oregano over the top of it.

    Okay. Were ready to put this into our 400 degree preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes. So we had this pizza in the oven for about 15 minutes and it turned out really beautiful. The color is really nice, its just what we wanted. The tomatoes are cooked all the way through and the crust rose up the way that we wanted it to rise up. So there you go, a delicious pizza. Enjoy!