February 4, 2011

Green Pizza with a Cornmeal Crust


Once again, I hate taking pictures at night, but a lot of times I don't have choice since I'm so busy during the day. Anyway, this is one of my favorite comfort dinners! It's great with the Daiya cheese sprinkled on top. I know it might not be the healthiest meal on the planet, but it's much better than ordering Pizza Hut. And it tastes better too! Plus you get a couple of servings of vegetables in, and you get to eat pizza while doing it. That doesn't sound too bad!

Also, on a much sadder note, my food processor died last night. It was tragic. It tumbled from high off the counter and shattered when it hit the floor. You will be missed food processor (until I get another one). So I totally made this pesto by hand. It wasn't too hard actually. I just chopped up the basil really fine, chopped the garlic and pasted it, and chopped up some walnuts really fine and mixed it together with some olive oil. Just like Italian grandmothers have been doing it for centuries!

Ingredients:
  • Prepared Cornmeal Pizza Crust Dough (recipe below)
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1-2 cups of baby spinach (or arugula would work!)
  • 1/2 cup pesto sauce (my recipe is here)
  • 1 cup shredded faux cheese (Daiya is my favorite...I used some of the mozzarella and cheddar)
  • salt and pepper


Let's make the dough for the crust first! I made mine in my bread maker, so put them in your breadmaker's pan in this order:

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp agave
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp dry soy milk powder
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal (I used the coarse grind. I like the crunch!)
  • 1 tsp yeast

Place in bread machine in order as listed. Preheat oven to 425F. When the dough is done, spread on a pizza pan. Pinch the edges up to form a crust. Bake for 7-8 minutes.

Once your crust is cooked, spread the pesto evenly over the crust, top with the broccoli and spinach, and sprinkle with your faux cheese. Bake until the broccoli is cooked through and your cheese is melted. It should take 8-10 minutes. I sometimes turn my broiler on at the very end to melt the cheese. It works like a charm!

Enjoy and Happy Eating!

2 comments:

  1. Yum. Since I don't have a breadmaker do you think I could just mix this in my stand mixer? How long would you have it sit?

    Jen

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  2. You could absolutely make this in a stand mixer! I would let it sit until it's double in size. Somewhere between 1-2 hours!

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