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Portabella Crust Pizza

portabella pizza

In an effort to feel healthier and happier, I started following the South Beach Diet.  It’s been about a month now, and I feel better than I have in a good long while.  The only thing I really missed was pizza on Friday nights with my family.  My family and I have homemade pizza every Friday, along with a movie marathon.  I experimented a bit with recipes I found online and just wasn’t satisfied.  This is my own personal South Beach-friendly pizza, using a portabella mushroom as the crust.   You need a fork to eat it, but other than that, it really hits the “need pizza” button!

Makes 2 servings.

Portabella Crust Pizza

  • 2 portabella mushroom caps cleaned with stems removed
  • olive oil
  • sugar-free pizza sauce (try Exquisite Pizza Sauce without the honey)
  • part-skim mozzarella or veggie cheese (like Veggie Shreds)
  • toppings of your choice (I like Canadian Bacon, low-fat feta is nice, too)

Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400°F.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with a small amount of olive oil.  Set aside.

Heat a large skillet or griddle (cast iron, if you’ve got it!) over medium-high heat.  Add just enough olive oil to lubricate the surface. Place mushroom caps bottoms down on cooking surface.  They’ll lose a lot of water as they cook, and that’s what you want.  Leave for about five minutes and then flip the caps.  When you can see moisture collecting inside the cap, flip it again, pressing with a spatula to flatten.  Cook for approximately 15-20 minutes.  Time can vary depending on the size of the caps, you want the caps to be about 2/3 their original size and to have released quite a bit of moisture.

Remove the caps to the prepared baking sheet, bottoms up.  Add sauce, cheese and toppings.  Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly toasted.

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Recipe: Make Your Own Damn Pizza

Mmmm, pizza!

With the changing economy, ordering pizza for a family of four has been out for quite a while.  What to do, what to do?  Well, make our own damn pizza!

Since I started making my own pizza, pizza family night has become a tradition every Friday. We watch t.v., eat pizza, and just laugh and talk together. Pizza night makes the world go round!

This is my own recipe for pizza dough, made to satisfy that pizza craving without crashing my wallet.

Make Your Own Damn Pizza (Crust!)

  • 3 cups flour + 1/2 – 1 c
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 2 1/2 tsp. instant yeast (not quick-rise)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar, honey or agave nectar
  • 1 egg plus enough room-temperature water to make 1 1/2 cups
  • 2 tbs olive oil

Hint:  Use a stand mixer if you’ve got it! You can also do this by hand, it just takes a little longer.

Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl (or stand mixer bowl).  Mix wet ingredients together, adding slowly to the dry ingredients until a sticky dough forms.  Slowly add additional flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough is no longer sticky.  (It usually takes me about 1/2 c.)

Knead for approximately 5 minutes (by hand or with a dough hook in a stand mixer).

Allow to rest for about 1 hour or until double in size.

Punch down and split in half, forming two balls of dough.  Allow to rest while preheating oven and preparing pizza pans or baking sheets.

Preheat oven to 425°.

Oil two round pizza pans (12 – 15″) or baking sheets with olive oil.  Using your hands, slowly stretch one ball of dough to cover pan.

Just keep working with it and it will eventually cover the pan.  It will shrink a little after you stop working with it, but that’s okay.  As you’ll see in the “after” photo, the pizza will plump right up to the edges!    Repeat for the second pan.

Add toppings of your choice.  I recommend 3 tablespoons of Exquisite Pizza Sauce or sauce of your choice.

Mozzarella and feta with pepperoni or Canadian bacon are my favorites!

Cook for 18 – 20 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

Optional:  for a crispier crust, remove pizza from pan and cook directly on the oven rack for the last 5 minutes OR cook the pizzas on a pizza stone.

Allow to rest at least 5 minutes before slicing.  Makes enough for 2 12-15″ pizzas, which serves four nicely.  Enjoy!

All told, and depending on toppings,  it costs between $8 and $10 to make two fresh-from-the-oven pizzas!

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