Today I am very happy to say that I have a Guest Post from one of my best friends Jeanette Scinto. When we got together this past week she made a fabulous Veggie Pizza and she is sharing her story and recipe with us!
Ever since I was a little girl I would help my grandma make homemade pizza! My family has always been close, and getting together for a good meal has always been a priority. Rather than ordering a pizza, I decided to make Alexa a homemade veggie pizza for our Pretty Little Liars get together this past Tuesday. When Alexa asked me to share this recipe with you guys, I was ecstatic! I chose to top our pizza with veggies, but feel free to use your favorite toppings!
1 lb. of pizza dough (can be purchased at your local grocery store or bakery)
1 tbsp Crisco
1 jar of Casa Visco Italian Style pizza sauce
1 bag of Sargento shredded mozzarella cheese
1 green pepper (sweet)
1 red pepper (sweet)
1 package of sliced mushrooms
1 head of broccoli
1 tbsp of olive oil
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of black pepper
1 pinch of garlic powder
1 large cookie sheet
1 Ziploc sandwich bag
1 small frying pan
1 large bowl
1 damp dishtowel
The night before or the morning of:
Take pizza dough out of plastic bag and place it in large bowl.
Place a damp dishtowel over the bowl (covering in completely) to prevent a skin from forming on the dough.
Let bowl sit out in room temperature until ready to prepare pizza.
Preheat oven to 450o about 1 hour prior to putting the pizza in the oven.
Place the Ziploc bag over dominant hand and dip fingers in Crisco, allowing a 1 tbsp. chunk to stay on fingers.
Evenly coat the large cookie sheet with the Crisco.
Cut the green and red peppers, onions, broccoli, and mushrooms as desired. **I chose to dice the green and red peppers, onions, and mushrooms, and then break apart the head of broccoli and cut off its stems**
Put olive oil, onions and mushrooms into a small frying pan on medium heat until they are semi-sautéed (about 5 minutes).
Take dough out of the covered bowl.
Gently stretch out the pizza dough by simply holding the dough up off the countertop and letting gravity do the work.
Place the dough on cookie sheet and stretch it out so that the entire sheet is covered (make sure you pinch any holes that may appear closed!)
Spread several large tablespoons of pizza sauce onto the dough until it’s fully covered (use the back of the spoon to spread the sauce around).
Sprinkle about ½ to ¾ of the bag of shredded mozzarella cheese onto pizza.
Sprinkle the green and red peppers, frying pan contents (oil and all), and broccoli onto pizza.
Sprinkle the rest of the bag of mozzarella cheese and drizzle about 2-3 more tbsp of pizza sauce on the pizza (do not spread sauce).
Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano to pizza as desired.
Place the pizza in to the preheated oven.
After about 15 minutes, take a spatula and gently lift up a corner of the pizza from the cookie sheet. **If bottom of pizza is brown, it’s done! If not, leave in oven for about another 5 minutes.
Place hot pizza on top of stove and let it set for about 5-10 minutes, then cut, serve, and enjoy!