Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Homemade Pesto Pizza

We aren't a big vegetarian household. In fact, it takes quite a bit of effort for me to think outside of the carnivorousness box.  For my Mom, however, it's as easy as 1, 2...CHEESE.  

My homey girl Caitlin was visiting while we were in Maine and my Mom made some of her famous pesto pizza complete with pine nuts and amazingness.

This is what you'll need:

Fresh Pizza Dough 
Garlic Powder
Mozzarella Cheese 
Toasted Pine Nuts 

You'll have forgive these photos.  My mother cooks at the speed of lightening.

Ok. Anyway.  Let the dough set on the counter top until it begins to puff up (about 30-45 minutes).   It will be much, much easier to manipulate.  Once you've been able to stretch it out a bit, drop the dough in the middle of the pan and stretch it out gently to the sides.  The dough will adhere to the pan, so use this to your advantage.

I don't have a picture for this because I blinked a couple of times, but to ensure the dough doesn't stick to the pan, my Mom sprays cooking spray UNDER the dough at this point.  So basically she lifts the dough, sprays, and places it back down.  You could also use cornmeal as well.

Next, sprinkle the dough with garlic powder.  Try to get at least some of it on the dough...

Next, spread a healthy serving of pesto on the dough...

Oh snap...

Once the dough is properly loved with pesto, add your shredded mozz.

I could eat it like this.  TRUST ME.  I'm a weirdo and have a thing for raw pizza dough.

Place it in a hot, 475 degree oven on the top rack until the dough begins to puff up and the cheese begins to melt.  Then, move it to a lower rack so the crust can get nice and crispy on the bottom. 

Yum to the tum....did someone say rum?

We toasted some pine nuts on the stove and then sprinkled them on top of the pizza once it came out of the oven.  Doesn't this look amazing?  I think so too.  Stay hungry! 

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