Is it bad that I could eat pizza every single night of my life? I do restrain myself, but it has become my absolute favorite food. Blair and I spent our first married summer looking for the best pizza in our little town in CT. We did eventually find it, but it took us until the next summer to track it down. Ever since moving back to NJ, we long for the NY style pizza that is so popular in New England. Nothing really comes close to the pizza that we ate all those Friday nights.
So if we can’t find it here, then I guess the next best thing would be to make pizza at home. The only problem is I am a weakling and I am absolutely terrible at rolling out pizza dough. I can’t stand that it shrinks almost immediately as I am rolling it out. I have tried many tips and it still doesn’t work out. The piece pictured above was honestly the only normal looking slice. I overcame my fear with the help of Blair arriving home early one night. We conquered the dough together. And it wasn’t that bad.
I am not one to be immediately drawn to white pizza, but I was intrigued by this pie. I think the addition of arugula really caught my eye. It is composed of the simplest ingredients, but is extremely satisfying. And this was the first time I bought arugula myself, I need it more in my life.
Since Everyday Food has recently become one of my favorite magazines, I have decided to share the love with one lucky reader! In one issue, I got this pizza recipe, the lemonade recipe, and a fabulous steak taco recipe that I plan to blog very soon. There are still many recipes to try, and all from one issue. Another great thing is that it is a smaller in size magazine so they are extremely easy to store. The winner will receive 10 issues of Everyday Food magazine. Here is the information on how to win:
Do BOTH of the following:
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1 pound pizza dough, store-bought or homemade
1/2 c whole milk ricotta cheese (I used skim)
1 tbsp plus
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
coarse salt and ground pepper
1 1/2 c shredded mozzarella
1/2 c grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano
2 oz baby arugula (2 cups)
What you’ll do:
Preheat oven to 500. Lightly dust a work surface, rolling pin, and a baking sheet with flour. Roll dough out to a 13-inch round and transfer to sheet.
In a small bowl, stir together ricotta, 1 tbsp oil, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Spread ricotta mixture on dough, leaving a 1/2 inch border. Top with mozzarella, then parmesan. Brush 1 tsp oil on edge of dough. Bake until crust is golden and cheese is melted and browned in spots, 12 to 14 minutes. In a small bowl, toss arugula with 1 tsp oil and season to taste with salt & pepper. Top pizza with arugula and serve.
Source: Everyday Food, June 2011