Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summer Garden Pizza

I don't know about you, but sometimes it feels just too hot to eat a heavy meal. 

Our family welcomes a lighter fare on the dinner table during the dog days of Summer.

Here's one our favorites - Summer Garden Pizza

Here's what I started out with: 

          -homemade pizza dough (see recipe below)
          -garden tomatoes
          -garden peppers (purple and red)
          -garden onions
          - fresh basil
          -dried herbs (from last year's garden)
          -freshly grated mozzarella cheese

Roll the dough out onto a cookie sheet that has been greased and dusted with cornmeal.  Top with sliced tomatoes, basil, sliced onions, and sliced peppers. You can use whatever fresh veggies you have available.  Sprinkle with garlic powder and dried herbs of your choice (I used parsley, sage, rosemary, and oregano).

Sprinkle everything with grated cheese and bake in a 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until the crust is lightly browned and the cheese is bubbly.

Recipe for Pizza Dough:

1 Tbl. yeast
1 cup warm water (@115 degrees)
1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbl. coconut oil
1 1/2 cups wheat flour
1 cup white flour

Mix yeast, water, and honey in a large bowl.  Let sit for a few minutes until it is foamy.
Add remaining ingredients.  Mix well and knead dough about 10 times until it is smooth.
Let rise in bowl for 1/2 hour. 
Grease large cookie sheet (round or rectangular) with coconut oil and dust with cornmeal.
Plop dough into the center of the cookie sheet and roll it out to the edges of the pan.  You'll probably have to roll it several times because it will want to shrink a bit. 

Top with your favorite toppings and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.  Enjoy!!


  1. Yum! I'll have to try this...when I am willing to have my oven on LOL

    I also wanted to tell you how absolutely amazing that tea trick you posted is - and so EASY! I haven't run out of tea to drink since you posted it! yay!

  2. This looks and sounds awesome - however yeast just won't cooperate with me! How do you determine when water is 115 degrees? I can never get it to foam up. Are there any tips or tricks I'm missing?

  3. I use an instant-read thermometer to measure the temp. of the water. I think I got it from Pampered Chef but they have them at Target too. The yeast doesn't have to foam up too much. But it should have a few little bubbles.

  4. This looks wonderful! Can't wait to try it! Love food from the garden.


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