Sunday, August 3, 2008

Pineapple Pepper Pizza

When our very sweet 90 year old neighbor brought us some green peppers from his garden the other day they begged to become pizza toppings. Green peppers used to be on my 'do not like' list, I had tried them here and there and just didn't enjoy them, then, when I was pregnant with my son I started craving green peppers! I suddenly loved them, couldn't get enough, ate them raw, in stir fries, and even ordered them as a pizza topping for the first time in my life. Isn't it crazy what those pregnancy hormones can do? I'm happy to report that my taste for green peppers has remained long after the birth of my first son, and now I enjoy them all the time.

The kids and I were planning a pizza night, and knowing they were a little wary of peppers on pizza I decided to pair them with something I knew they would love, pineapple! I'd never had that combination on a pizza before and was surprised it turned out as well as it did. We all loved our new pizza creation, the pineapple giving some sweetness and the peppers giving some crunch and bite, just perfect with lots of freshly shredded mozzarella and paremsan. The fresh from the garden green peppers made this pizza over the top delicious!

For the crust I used this recipe from allrecipes:
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon dry milk powder
2 1/4 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
(I always add a shake of pizza seasoning, this time I used Chef Paul Prudhomme's Pizza & Pasta Magic Hot & Sweet Seasoning Blend, which I love, we also have the Herbal Pizza & Pasta Magic, they are both great)

Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select Dough cycle; press Start.
Remove dough from pan after rise cycle and use for your favorite pizza recipe.

It is one of two favorite pizza crust recipes I have, I use this one a lot because the ingredients are always on hand in my house and it's easily doubled to make two big cookie sheet sized pizzas. I'm always trying new crust recipes but this one I know will produce a crispy outside, soft inside, perfectly chewy crust. Before toppings and cheese I added homemade red wine pizza sauce, a recipe I'm still perfecting and love so much, I really like pizza sauce in general and this one is just delicious! The pineapple was half an 8 ounce can of crushed pineapple, drained.

1 comment:

Shandy said...

I am in LOVE with this pizza! WoW! Free form and delicious looking. Thank you so much for sharing =D

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