Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pure of Heart Pizza

Friday nights are pizza nights in the Coffee Cottage. The ingredients change every week but this is one of the standards. I first had a pizza similar to this at Cable Car Pizza in Fayetteville, AR. It was called The Purist but had tomatoes instead of artichokes. We live so close to the artichoke capital of the world, Castroville, and we have loads of them at every farmer's market (and hopefully in our garden next year!) The Artichoke festival is May 15 this year. We may battle the traffic but I have heard it is crazy. But just imagine...every vendor and food item has artichokes in it! For now, we will take this pizza.

Pure of Heart Pizza:

Preheat pizza stone in a 450 degree oven
Whole Wheat pizza dough (TJ's) remove from fridge and let rest for 20 minutes then roll out to 12 inches on floured surface. I then toss it into the air to make nice and thin but you can also keep rolling.
Dust stone with cornmeal before placing dough. Sometimes a two person job. One to open oven and dust while another has stretched dough waiting to place.
Drizzle with olive oil garlic and oregano
Top with Feta
Artichoke Hearts

You can also add sundried tomatoes and kalamata olives for a Mediterranean pizza, another one of our favs.

To make the original omit artichokes and top with sliced tomatoes AFTER cooking pizza. Great for summer with fresh basil.

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