Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins
I love to make this simple dish. Last night I made a deep dish pizza that was inspired by a recent episode of "The Frugal Gourmet". It turned out so well that I thought I'd share it with you. I'm having leftovers for lunch today. I'm also writing it up from memory and have no "real" recipe, so bear with me.
- 2 1⁄2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 (1/4 ounce) packetactive instant yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup warm water
- 1⁄2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans whole tomatoes
- 2 teaspoons fresh basil
- 2 teaspoons salt and pepper
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 4 fresh garlic cloves, minced
- 1 onion, sliced thinly
- 1 tomatoes
- To make the crust, combine the yeast, salt, sugar, 1 cup of the flour and the cup of warm water. Mix thoroughly.
- Since you aren't proofing the yeast first, the water needs to be a bit hotter than usual.
- Add enough of the remaining 1 1/2 cups of flour to form a soft dough.
- Knead it for a few minutes, then put it back in the bowl, cover and set aside to rise.
- In the meantime, prepare the veggies.
- Saute the onions in some red wine until caramelized.
- Squeeze the moisture out of the thawed spinach.
- Break up the tomatoes slightly and set them in a sieve to drain. You don't want them soupy.
- Save the juice for something else.
- When the pizza dough has more or less doubled in bulk (usually in less than. an hour- I find you don't need to be too technical with pizza dough), punch it down.
- Lightly spray a 10 inch spring form pan with cooking spray.
- Press the dough into the pan and up the sides.
- Spread the shredded cheese over the crust.
- Top with the tomatoes which have been mixed with the basil leaves.
- Season with the salt, oregano and black pepper.
- Sprinkle the minced garlic over the tomatoes, then the add the sauteed onions.
- Top the onions with the spinach and then arrange the sliced tomato decoratively on top.
- Bake at 425°F in the middle of the oven for about 45 minutes or so.
- Since it's so thick, it takes quite awhile for the filling to heat all the way through.
- It makes a lovely presentation when you remove the ring from the springform pan.
- The fillings I used are what I happened to have around the house.
- You can use anything you wish.
- I think artichokes, mushrooms, eggplant, roasted peppers and brocolli would be especially good.
- I was quite pleased with the way the Healthy Choice fake cheese melted.
- Recently, I tried the Kraft fat-free singles (sharp cheddar flavor) and found them to be as good as any full fat processed cheese slice (for what that's worth).
- They melted well as part of a burrito filling.