Oh, how we love thee.
But most pizza joints use soybean oil in their dough.
My husband can't have tomatoes. I can't have lactose. Yes. We are walking food messes.
Publix does have pre-made dough but, you guessed it, soybean oil. Sigh.
I had decided to make my own pizza. I'm not a measurement rule follower but with pizza dough, I had to be. Bobby Flay's recipe was the perfect find.
We don't have a stand mixer but our hand mixer worked great.
While the dough was doing its thing, I shred the cheese and made the pesto.
Since my husband can't have tomatoes, I made a pesto with black truffle sea salt. For the cheese, I used free of lactose Cabot Farmhouse Reserve Cheddar Cheese. It has a parmesan taste to it. A bit sharp but not overwhelming. Another lactose-free favorite is Applegate Provolone.
In the food chopper, I have the KitchenAid 3.5-Cup Food Chopper, fill to top basil leaves. Add garlic and seasonings. Black truffle sea salt is strong. You won't need much. Blend. After I dry blend, I use a spoon and scrape the mixture back into the middle. I have found that this method blends better. Especially if some of the basil leaves don't fully chop up.
Add the olive oil. Chop again.
Please taste. I can't emphasize enough to taste as you cook. Everyone's palates differ. Some prefer garlic. Others salt.
I tend to go lighter with the seasonings because you can always add but you can't take away.
The pesto can sit while your pizza dough is completing its awesomeness.
When the dough is ready per the Bobby Flay recipe, preheat your open to 400 degrees.
With the pizza ball of dough, I used a flour covered wooden roller and sprinkled a bit extra on the counter. When it's rolled out, put it on your pizza pan.
Spoon and spread the pesto over the dough. My dough was not a perfect circle on my pizza pan. Oh well. Imperfect works better for me. Sprinkle on cheese. We went heavy in that department because it's too good not to.
Cook until the cheese is brown and bubbly, which is 20-25 minutes.
The end result was beyond delicious.
The earthiness of the basil but the subtle bursts of garlic and the black truffle sea salt blend awesomely with the cheese.
The crust was crispy but not break-a-tooth crispy.
A welcomed add to the football season food rotation.
About 1/4 cup minced garlic
1 cup extra light olive oil
Dash of crushed red pepper
Dash of malabar black pepper
Dash CampMix (optional)