Monday, September 26, 2011
Crazy Salad Pizza
Yes, I know, pizza is usually covered with cheese, but in our house, cheese is a major trigger for a number of nasty symptoms all five of us. Coupled with the gluten intolerance in the kids, we haven't been Dominos' best customers lately.
This week however, I found a cool recipe for quick-rise focaccia dough in The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen cookbook (ready to bake in 30 minutes), and thought "Hey! This could work for a pizza!" (I think with a lot of exclamation points.) (!)
After changing the flour to a combination of teff and sorghum, I invited each boy to choose his own toppings (always a fun activity). Their choices ranged from julienned salami to raw onions to cauliflower & tomatoes ... no one wanted any sauce, and the cheese wasn't even missed! We made a special pizza for VintageDad featuring salsa, tomatillos, tomatoes, cauliflower and caramelized onions. He had a minor freak-out when he saw it because he thought the cauliflower was feta cheese, but that was quickly straightened out :)
Everyone loved his own personal pizza, but I wanted something special for myself. I had started making salad to go with the pizzas, and that little lightbulb went on over my head. I baked my pizza crust naked, then topped it with my salad! I had some spring mix lettuce and diced tomatoes tossed with a tiny bit of olive oil and salt, then I stole a few of VintageDad's caramelized onions for the top....and It. Was. Awesome! It might have looked a little funny, but I. Loved. It.
The crust was thin and crunchy at the edges, and so nice and hearty (and dark). The salad had a nice snap, and the onions were sweet and mellow... a little bit of a lot of different textures and flavors that blended into one of my new late-night cravings :)
Crazy Salad Pizza (makes one 10" pizza)
1.5 cups teff flour
1.5 cups sorghum flour
1/2 cup additional flour of choice
1 package quick acting yeast
1 tsp salt, divided
1 cup very warm water
3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
2 cups spring mix lettuce
1 ripe tomato, diced
1/2 onion, sliced in rings
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees F. Oil a baking sheet and set aside. Mix 1 cup teff and 1 cup sorghum flour with yeast and 1/2 tsp salt. Add water and 1 Tbsp oil, then stir in remaining 1/2 cups of teff and sorghum flour. Knead for about 10 minutes, adding additional flour if needed until you have a springy ball of dough. Shape dough into a ball, cover with a dish towel and let rest for 10 minutes.
Start your caramelized onions while you are waiting. Cook onions in 1/2 tsp oil over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.
After the dough has rested, place it on your baking sheet and press into a round shape (do not roll). Focaccia typically is not flat, but shows the indentations of the chef's fingers (part of its charm!) so don't worry about making your pizza crust beautiful.
Dampen your dish towel, drape over your dough, and set the baking sheet in the oven. Turn off the oven immediately and let the dough rise in the warm oven for 20 minutes. At some point during this rising time, your onions will be done. Set aside.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven and turn on the heat to 400 degrees F. Spread 1 Tbsp olive oil over the top of your crust and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes. (If you choose to add different toppings, now would be the time.)
Meanwhile, mix lettuce, tomatoes, olive oil and salt. Cool the crust slightly, then top with salad mixture and caramelized onions. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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