Cheeseless Pizza (Gasp!)

Pizza Dough:

  • 1 packet of yeast (1/4 oz.)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups flour

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Mix yeast, water, oil, and salt in a medium sized bowl.  Add flour and mix loosely with a fork till all the flour is combined.  Add more flour if the dough is too sticky (but not too much!).   Cover bowl with a cloth and put on top of oven as it's preheating.  Dough should rise on oven for 15-30 minutes depending on how fast you are at prepping your pizza toppings.

Pizza Toppings:

You can really use whatever you want but here's what I did.

  • 3/4 cup Walla Walla onion (sliced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (sliced)
  • 1 sweet pepper (sliced)
  • 1 patty pan squash (sliced)
  • 1 ping tung long eggplant (sliced)
  • 3 small red tomatoes
  • 4 basil sprigs (washed and stemed)
  • Butter
  • Homemade siracha
  • Dried Oregano
  • Homemade Garlic Powder
  • Balsamic Vinegar

Heat a little olive oil in a skillet on medium-high heat and add onion and garlic.  Stir everytime you add another veggie.  Cook 4 min or until onions are just starting to turn translucent.  Add pepper and cook 2 minutes.  Add squash and eggplant and cook 5 minutes.  Set aside if you have not had time to roll out your dough.

Flour up a pizza pan or flat cookie sheet and add some cornmeal as well.  You want the pan mostly covered so your pizza doesn't stick.

Flour up your hands and uncover your dough.  Add some more flour to the top of the dough and pull from bowl.  Pass the dough back and forth between your hands folding in the flour as you go.  If it gets too sticky add some more flour and repeat.  The dough should be stretchy and somewhat sticky so don't add too much flour and make it crumbly.  

Plop dough on prepared pan or cookie sheet and flour up a rolling pin and add sprinkle a little flour on the top of the dough and roll out evenly to cover pan.  If rolling pin starts sticking just add a little flour.   Once your dough is rolled out, spread a very thin layer of butter on the crust.  I also added a very thin layer of homemade siracha (recipe forthcoming) but you can also add a little bit of salsa or tomato sauce and spread it very thinly.  If you like oregano or garlic, add dried oregano and garlic powder to the top of the dough now.

Lay basil leaves on dough. slice your tomatoes, and then layer them over the basil leaves.  Add the veggies from the skillet and distribute them evenly over the pizza.  Drizzle balsamic over pizza, be generous as this is one of the best parts of the pizza!

Pop it in the oven on the bottom rack and set a timer for 15 minutes.  Cook until top of dough around the edges has either browned up or at the very least developed a harder exterior.

Slide pizza off pan and cool on a rack or if you don't wanna wait just pull it out and start cutting slices!