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Food Matters Project #11: Apple & Smoked Cheese Whole Wheat Pizza

This is a Food Matters Project week that we’ve both been waiting for!  Niki, from Salt & Pepper, chose a pizza recipe!  We love pizza, especially when we make our own- a perfect way to pile on what we’re craving!  Niki chose Mark Bittman’s No-Work Mostly Whole Wheat Pizza Dough.  The best part about this challenge is the variety of pizza toppings from everyone.  The Food Matters Cookbook does provide some suggestions- but I think many of us tried to take an original spin on it, check them out here.

Sam and I have made this pizza in the past, and wanted to share it with everyone.  We did make a small change, the type of cheese.  While browsing through the cheese section, I spotted Salemville’s Smokehaus Blue– an applewood smoked blue cheese.  Although we never tried it before, I figured it’d be great on this pizza.

If you’d like other pizza toppings, check out our mushroom and broccoli pizza!

Apple & Smoked Cheese Whole Wheat Pizza
The pizza dough was adapted from: The Food Matters Cookbook (page 533)
Toppings: A Fifth Floor Kitchen original

If you cannot find the smoked blue cheese, a great substitute would be a mild blue- such as gorgonzola.  Don’t hesitate to add more mozzarella, garlic or green apple to this pizza!  The pizza dough was delicious, crispy and chewy!

1 cup white flour
2 cups wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 packet of dry, activated yeast
1 1/2 cups water
2 tbsp olive oil
7 cloves of garlic, minced
1 large ball of fresh mozzarella, cut into thin slices and patted dry
4 ounces smoked blue cheese, crumbled
1 green apple, thinly sliced

Combine the flour, salt, yeast, and water in a large mixing bowel.  Stir well, the dough should be sticky and wet.  Cover the bowl with a dishtowel and let stand at room temp for at least 6 hours.

When the dough is done rising, preheat your oven to 500ºF.  Grease a large cookie sheet with about 1 tbsp of olive oil.  Using oily hands, transfer the dough to the cookie sheet and smush out into a roughly rectangular shape.

Coat the top of the dough with 1 tablespoons of olive oil, sprinkle evenly with garlic.  Bake it in the oven for 7-8 minutes, being careful not to let the garlic burn.

Remove the dough from the oven and add the mozzarella and apple slices.  Finally, sprinkle blue cheese on top.  Return to the oven for another 10-15 minutes, remove when the apple slices have wilted a bit and the cheese has melted.

Mushroom & Broccoli Pizza

Pizza is a favorite around here, and so is broccoli.  Why not put them together?  I was flipping through a Vegetarian Times from last spring, and came across this recipe.  We’re always on the lookout for finding new pizza topping combinations, just to try something different (it’s easy to get stuck in a rut).  The two-cheese white sauce was creamy and added a depth to the flavor combination on the pizza.  We did use a pre-made pizza dough, which can be found in grocery stores (or Trader Joe’s).  We sometimes make our own, which is equally easy and delicious (but that’s for another post).

Mushroom & Broccoli Pizza
Adapted from:Vegetarian Times Magazine

pizza dough for 1 pizza
2 tbsp butter
2 cups mushrooms, sliced
3 cups broccoli, sliced
1 tbsp all purpose flour
1 cup milk
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Heat the oven to 425 degrees.  Shape the pizza dough in your favorite shape and place it on a pizza stone.  We place our pizza into the over for about 4-5 minutes before adding the ingredients on top- giving the whole pizza a crunch.  Once the time has passed, we take the pizza dough out.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add flour, cook for 2 minutes until it is pale golden, stirring constantly.  Slowly, stir in milk, garlic, salt and crushed red pepper.  Cook for 3-4 minutes, continue stirring until the mixture thickens and begins to boil.  Remove from heat, and stir in 1/4 cup mozzarella and 2 tbsp of Parmesan.  Stir until the sauce is smooth and the cheese has melted.

When the pizza is out of the oven, spread the white sauce over the dough.  Then, top with the broccoli and mushrooms.  Next, sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan over the top.  Return to oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until the edges of the pizza are golden and the cheese is bubbly.  Take it out of the oven, and let it cool slightly before slicing.