Wednesday, August 4, 2010

White Pizza with Roasted Garlic Sauce

This pizza recipe doesn't use tomatoes for the sauce but instead uses roasted garlic smeared on the pizza dough with caramelized onions and wilted spinach. I also made an accompanying roasted garlic sauce to dip the pizza into. Vampires beware.

I topped the pizza with seared chicken that I seasoned with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. This can easily be left off to make the pizza vegetarian.

I also caramelized some onions by sauteing them on medium-low heat with a little olive oil until they became sweet and brown. Try not to eat the caramelized onions one by one why you finish assembling the pizza.

Two types of cheese were used for this pizza: Mozzarella and Fontina.

I took half a bag of baby spinach and wilted it gently in a pot over medium heat.

Roasted garlic heads! I could make a dinner out of THIS, I love it so much. Just cut the tops off the garlic heads, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover and bake at 375 for 30 minutes to one hour. Garlic is ready when tops are brown and garlic is visibly bursting out of the top of the garlic head.

Using a mortar and pestle I ground the soft cloves of garlic into a paste.

For this recipe, I used a prepared pizza dough. To date I haven't tried to make my own dough although my new bread machine has a setting for dough that I plan to try soon. I first smeared the par cooked dough with garlic paste, then topped with wilted baby spinach and caramelized onions. Top with chicken pieces and lastly cover with cheese.

Bake at 425 for 15 minutes or until cheese is brown and bubbly.

To accompany the White Pizza I made this Garlic Sauce by Emeril Lagasse.  It's made with milk, butter, flour, salt, cayenne and 3-4 heads of roasted garlic. Recipe below.

We both thought this was a great dinner and a nice change from the margarita pizza we both love. Next time I would like to try my hand at making my own pizza dough - I've read it's easy... I need to give it a shot. Also, I would like to start the recipe with crisping some bacon pieces, and then caramelizing the onion and boiling down the spinach in the drippings. Yum! I wouldn't change this recipe much beyond the addition of bacon. I thought it was great. The garlic sauce was interesting. It actually made way too much sauce for this purpose, but in the future I could use this to make a fine sauce for pasta!


6 comments:

  1. Mmm, I love roasted garlic! I have roasted it with my pre-K class before...they loved it, but everyone in the building was not so fond of the smell. Pizza dough is as easy as they say, and not too much more time consuming. I've used the Barefood Contessa's recipe with some luck.

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  2. I LOVE roasted garlic as much as you do!

    I used what I believe will be the last of my garden basil to make a quart of pesto last night and while I prepared the garlic cloves to go into the food processor, I thought to myself... I LOVE GARLIC!

    Having lived just a few miles down the coast from Gilroy, (CA - aka, the garlic capitol of the world) for twenty years, my love-affair with garlic has been a long one. Now that I live in North Carolina, however, I almost have to remind myself to use it, which makes me a little sad.

    Any way, GREAT job on your pizza! And do try your hand at your own pizza dough soon! You'll never buy another prepared pizza dough again! I make mine using my food processor and it cannot be easier.

    Best wishes!

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  4. oh, mandy!
    it looks so delish
    and quite dandy!
    i love your food!
    i might even
    be in a mood
    to rise and go
    to my kitchen,
    make some dough,
    top it with sauce...
    but i'm not sure
    i'm really at a loss
    'cause cookin' ain't
    quite my thing.
    i'd much rather paint
    with paper and ink,
    writing down
    the words that i think.
    but i really do admire
    your talent
    your passion and fire!

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  5. wanted to let you know i got the cookbook yesterday! just finished looking through it and can't wait to make something from it :) thanks again!!

    ps. awesome looking pizza!

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