February 18, 2016

Errand inspired dinner (Brussels sprouts and caramelized onion pizza on semi whole wheat crust)

I was running errands with my sister and nieces one weekend. She always has a funny way of roping me in ("hey want to meet us at Costco, it's right down the street!") and somehow I end up going to multiple places and end up at her house.  I don't mind at all though, I get out of the house and get some QT with some of my favorite girls! On this Saturday we ran all over, Costco, Whole Foods and Rouses.  She picked up some things to make the nieces pizza for dinner.  I thought that didn't sound half bad and picked up a small brick of mozzarella for myself.  I figured I had what else I needed in my smartly stocked fridge and pantry. Which I did.

As we've discussed, I've got pizza problems.  I can never transfer the pizza over to the hot stone. Luckily my cousin Mary has now shown me the light of making the pizza on parchment paper (Post soon to come).  If only I had that advice before I made this awesomely flavorful, yet ugly pizza.

I love Brussels Sprouts.  And I love caramelized onions.  I had salami in my fridge as usual.  Hello Pizza! This was such a great combo I made it the next weekend too but with ham.  I liked the salami better. I made my semi whole wheat pizza crust which was delicious as always.  I thought that my beautiful new pizza peel from Santa was going to fix my pizza probs but it sure didn't.  This was a bit better than my past attempts but from now on, Parchment Paper it is!  Full recipe after the play by play.  Linking up with Meal Plan Monday over at Southern Plate and others!

The cast.  Sure to be yummy.  

I made the pizza dough myself and it did not fail, taste wise at least!!
Hello new beautiful pizza peel, I wish you would have made a difference!  It wasn't your fault, I am just not meant to make a pretty pizza!
I had some onions caramelizing and I just added the
shredded sprouts for a little minute to get the raw out.
Sauce it up.  I am a sauce fan.  Sauce for Vice President!
Salame.  Or is it salami?  The packaging said e, it's fancy!
Add your onions and sprouts.
I had two kinds of mozzarella so I used both.
I almost got it on there in tact!
Hello lover.  Doesn't that just look divine!?
So good.  Don't judge me, I had more than just this.  It was cheat day!
Homemade semi whole wheat pizza dough: (makes two medium sized pizzas)

1 and 2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 packet active dry yeast (I used Hodgson Mill)
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup hot water divided
olive oil
cornmeal for dusting

This version uses a stand mixer. I based it off this Food Network recipe that did not use one.


Place flours, yeast sugar and salt in stand mixer with dough hook attachment. Mix on low for 2 minutes. While it is running, add 2/3 cup warm water.  Mix for a minute, then add 2 tablespoons olive oil When it gets crumbly, add remaining 1/3 cup hot water and scrape down the sides. Add more oil if it looks dry.  Keep mixer running until dough forms a ball. After five minutes of that, stop mixer. Place dough in an oiled boil and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a dark warm place (I put it in the pantry) for a half hour. Preheat oven to 475 and place a pizza stone or two in the oven to preheat. After a half hour of rising, divide into two equal portions and flatten one out on a cornmeal dusted board to roll out into a pizza.   You can freeze the other one or make two pizzas!

Brussels Sprouts Pizza:
1 pizza dough rolled out
2 cups shredded Brussels Sprouts (I cut them thinly with a knife)
1 onion sliced and caramelized
8 pieces of salame or pepperoni
1/2 or more cup of pizza sauce
2/3 cup shredded mozzarella

Preheat oven to 475 if you haven't.  Preheat stone.  Roll out your dough, spread sauce over.  Place meat down, then cover with Brussels Sprouts and onions.  Cover with cheese.  Transfer to hot pizza stone and bake 12 minutes or until cheese is nice and bubbly.

Happy Cooking!

Missy

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