Thursday, April 23, 2015

Subterranean Pizza

Ted and I were long overdue for a date night - our kiddo has a 7pm bedtime which leaves a very tiny window for nice weather patio dates! I decided that we should instead do a homemade version of a patio date, with a homemade version of the "Subterranean Pizza" from our favorite local pizza shop, House Pizzeria. I didn't want to steal their name, but it's so much better than my horrible creation that I went ahead and stole it... (all I could think of was Bitmap - Bulb Tuber Turkey Mushroom and Pepper... it's bad, I told you.)
Starting at 7pm, I made the dough (surprisingly quick and easy for hand made pizza crust!), let it sit for an hour drinking wine on our very own front porch, romantically spritzed with eau de insect, promptly came back inside and enjoyed our wine on the couch instead! And then chopped, sauteed, preheated, and eventually baked and devoured our delicous creation. It turned out to be quite a fine date night after all!

Ingredients - Pizza Crust

1 package active dry yeast
2 tsp olive oil
1 C warm water
2.5-3.5 C all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp cornmeal
Dissolve the yeast in warm water in warmed mixer bowl. Add remaining ingredients, including 2.5 C flour. Use dough hook attachment and mix for about 1 minute. Add a little more flour at a time until the dough sticks to the hook and cleans the sides of the bowl, about 2 minutes.
Put the dough in a greased bowl and turn so it's greased on both sides, and cover, letting sit for about an hour or until doubled in size.

Ingredients - Toppings

1-2 Tbsp olive oil
3 garlic cloves, mashed and chopped
1 new potato, thinly sliced
1.5 onions, thinly sliced
Mushrooms (to taste), thinly sliced
1/4 lb ground turkey
1/2 red bell pepper
Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
Red chili flakes, chili oil (optional)
2 oz white cheddar cheese
2 tsp truffle salt
As the dough is rising, sautee the onions, potato, and mushrooms in olive oil until the onions are slightly transparent. They don't need to be cooked all the way since they will be baking later as well. In a separate pan, sautee the ground turkey with chili oil, chili flakes, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper until mostly cooked. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 450. After the dough has risen, spray a pizza pan with oil and dust with cornmeal. Push the dough out onto it until it is spread evenly across the pan. Use a pastry brush to cover with olive oil, and then evenly distribute the garlic pieces across the pizza. Sprinkle truffle salt across the top. Next add the sauteed onions, potatoes, and mushroom mixture. Top with red bell pepper slices and ground turkey. Shred the cheddar cheese on top, and put in the oven! Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the edges are browning a little.
Enjoy fresh out of the oven with your wine and good company!