A Simple Pizza

Everyone has their go-to’s.

Their go-to restaurant, their go-to chapstick, t-shirt, jeans, and so on.

You know, something to fall back on when special plans don’t work out. When I’m feeling like a chubster, high-waisted jeans are a life-save. Burt’s Bees will always be in season.

Sometimes, go-to’s are a source of therapy. The Little Mermaid is my go-to for a good cry session. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is perfect for a quick evening read when my eyes are jittery from hours of computer time.

Of course, there are my go-to chocolate chip cookies. They have yet to fail me once.

And when stir-fries, smorgasbords and plain old pasta are just too darned boring, I always go-to pizza.

You might not like me anymore if you knew how often I make pizza.

I make it a lot. Let’s leave it at that.

Good dough is so absurdly important for a delicious pizza. This variety has rosemary in it. Another good idea is ground garlic. Get crazy.

Roasted garlic gives this otherwise simple pizza some zip and zing. Every few bites you’ll get an explosion of flavor.

These are roasted separately in a covered bread baking pan so that each clove absorbs loads of olive oil.

Sparse? Kind of. But just you wait.

Kapow! Melted goodness.

A Simple Pizza.

For the dough:
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup wrist temperature water
1 tablespoon dried rosemary

For the pizza:
8-10 cloves of garlic
fresh mozzarella cheese
basil
tomatoes

To make the dough, create a small volcanic flour mountain with enough room in the middle to support half a cup of water. Meanwhile, let the yeast foam up in the water, which will take about 5 minutes or so. Add salt and rosemary to the crater of the volcano before carefully pouring in the water/yeast mixture. With a fork, slowly pick at the sides of the crater, mixing flour with water until all of the dry and wet ingredients are fully incorporated. With your hand, knead the dough for about 7 minutes, until it forms a smooth ball.

Lightly dust a medium bowl with flour and place the ball of dough inside. Cover with a damp towel and let sit for about an hour, until the dough doubles in size.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Arrange garlic cloves, skins on, in a bread baking pan and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Cover with aluminum foil and roast for about half an hour. Pull out and let cool completely before peeling by hand.

Turn up the oven’s heat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once the dough is ready, roll out with a pin until it reaches desired thickness and size. Brush with olive oil before adding cheese, tomatoes, basil and garlic, and whatever other ingredients you choose to add. Place on a pizza stone or baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, until the cheese is slightly brown.

Serves two to three.

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