Homemade Pizza – Steak & Mushroom OR Roasted Pepper & Chicken

Pizza may be one of the most perfect meals on the planet. It’s got bread (who doesn’t love crusty bread), delicious toppings…. and you can customize it ANY way you want. Any meal can be made into a pizza.

I digress. But try it out at home. I love making pizza on a pizza stone, however you don’t even really need one. All you need is a hot oven, and a rectangular cookie sheet.

The pizzas I made pictured below are:

  1. Roasted Pepper & Chicken Pizza: Tomato base with roasted red peppers, olives, chicken sausage, and Mozzarella cheese with fresh basil.
  2. Steak & Mushroom Pizza: Pesto/Roasted Garlic Base, with steak, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, and Gruyere cheese with fresh rosemary.

Homemade Pizza

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Serves: 4-6 (makes 4 smaller, or 2 large pizzas) Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • Pizza Dough:
  • 2 packages (4 1/2 tsp) active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (~110 degrees C)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • Steak & Mushroom Pizza:
  • Sauce: 1/4 cup homemade or store-bought pesto
  • 8 oz fillet, sirloin, Bavette, or any steak you like (cooked to rare)
  • 1 large onion (caramelized - sauté for 5-10 minutes in a pan over medium heat with ~2 tsp olive oil, pinch of salt until golden)
  • 200g mixed mushrooms (sautéed with 2 tsp olive oil and a pinch of salt for ~5 minutes or until cooked and softened)
  • roasted garlic cloves (wrap a whole clove of garlic in tinfoil and roast in oven at 350 degrees F for 30 min. Allow to cool before removing the garlic cloves)
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 200g (~1 cup grated Gruyere cheese)

  • Roasted Pepper & Chicken Pizza:
  • Sauce: 1/2 cup tomato sauce (jarred, homemade, or canned)
  • 2 chicken sausages (cooked and sliced)
  • 1 roasted red pepper (from a jar, roast your own, or purchase from antipasto bar at the grocery store)
  • 1/4 cup sliced olives (I used Kalamata)
  • ~ 1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
  • fresh basil for topping thinly sliced - add after the pizza is finished

Instructions

1

CRUST: Add the yeast and the sugar to the warm water and let sit for 5 minutes until it starts getting foamy and activated.

2

Meanwhile, add the flour, rosemary, and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook. Drizzle in the olive oil and yeast mixture with the mixer running. Let the mixer knead the dough for 5-10 minutes or until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl but sticks slightly to the bottom. If it is too wet, add flour 1 tbsp at a time. If too dry, add water (1 tbsp at a time).

3

Remove the dough from the bowl, drizzle some olive oil in the bottom, and form the dough into a ball. Place in the oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Store in the fridge for 1-3 days for the best flavour OR if you want to use it that day, leave out on the counter in a warm spot for 2 hours so the dough can rise.

4

ASSEMBLING THE PIZZA: Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Keep 1 rack in the bottom third of the oven and the second in the top third.

5

To make the pizzas, divide the dough into 2-4, depending on how thin you like your crust. You can bake 2 at a time.

6

On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough into a round or rectangle. The dough will spring back, so if this is happening, let the dough sit to relax the gluten for 5 minutes and continue rolling and using your fingers to spread the dough.

7

Once in your desired shape, place on a baking sheet that has been sprinkled with cornmeal, or drizzled with oil so it does not stick.

8

Spread the sauce evenly over the crust, add your toppings, finish with cheese, and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes (swap the pizzas in the bottom and top third at the 5-minute mark to make sure they cook evenly) or until the crust is golden and cheese is melted.

9

Cut pizza with a large knife or pizza cutter and serve!

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Karly
    June 6, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Okay, I need all of this, all up in my belly. Looks SO good as a new dinner option or appetizer to share with friends!

    • Reply
      mara_admin
      June 6, 2017 at 11:02 am

      Pizza is just one of my all-time favourite foods! It definitely makes a great app too. 🙂

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