four day old pizza.

by Janetha on May 7, 2011

in meals

last tuesday night, i made pizza for dinner. i am not sure why i never got around to blogging about it, but it was too tasty (and too easy!) not to show you guys.

i had actually never made pizza from scratch until last tuesday.  sure, i had purchased pre-made crust or used a pita as a crust.. but never had i made my own dough, rolled it out, topped it and baked it.

i am never going back to pre-bought again. this was a cinch.

i have used biz’s recipe for no rise pizza dough in the past when making calzones, but never actually for pizza.  i love the flavor and simplicity of this dough, so it was a no-brainer when deciding what dough recipe to use.

for the crust:

recipe from my bizzy kitchen

  • 2 cups + 1/2-3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 t sea salt
  • 1 package dry active yeast
  • 1 cup warm (110°) water
  • 1 T olive oil

to make the dough, simply combine 2 cups flour and the salt in a food processor and pulse a few times. in a small bowl, combine water and yeast.  let sit for a few minutes while it gets bubbly, then add the olive oil.  add the water mixture to the flour and turn on your food processor.  add more flour, a bit at a time, until the dough stops sticking to the sides.  once you have enough flour in there, let it run for a few minutes.

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the result? two nice balls of dough that will make two thin whole wheat pizza crusts.

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the best part about making pizza is that the crust is a blank canvas and you can put whatever you feel like on top.

my favorite pizza toppings are bell peppers and mushrooms, but marshall hates mushrooms, so i compromised.

the toppings for my pizza included:

  • marinara sauce
  • shredded chicken
  • caramelized onions
  • green bell peppers
  • diced tomatoes
  • cheese
  • pizza seasoning

i have to share my new way to perfectly poach chicken! i read it in the latest issue of cooking light magazine.

usually when i poach chicken, i just put the chicken straight into the water and boil it until it is cooked through. this new method ensures that the chicken stays ultra-moist (hate that word) and you won’t end up with dry or rubbery chicken.

simply roll out some plastic wrap and place your chicken on top..

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roll up each breast nice and tight and secure the ends. just like an oversized chicken tootsie roll.

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plop the chicken into a pot of water and bring to a boil.. let boil for about 10 minutes and then check the chicken with a meat thermometer (or just cut one open and take a peek) to make sure it is done. if your chicken breasts are big, you may need to boil them for longer.

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the result? perfectly poached chicken!

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sorry if that photo skeeves some of you non-chicken-eaters out.

moving on! i caramelized the onions in a skillet on low heat for a long period of time. all i used was the onion and a bit of olive oil spray. that is all you need! and a lot of time. the key to a good caramelized onion is time.

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meanwhile, i diced the peppers..

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rolled out the dough..

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i did a square pizza because the pizza stone is square and i am OCD about a few things, this being one of them, apparently.

next, i sauced up the dough.

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shredded the chicken..

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chicken went on the pizza..

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i figured this was the perfect time to use my pizza seasoning that came with my crate + barrel spice rack!

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a layer of cheese was next..

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then the onions, peppers and (canned) diced tomatoes..

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and another layer of cheese..

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into the 450° oven it went for about 20 minutes!

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voila. perfect thin crust pizza.

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i had a couple slices (1/4 of the pizza) with a side salad.

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the dressing was TJ’s creamy feta.. um, hello amazing. i drizzled it on top before marshall tasted it and told me that there was no way it could be healthy. i looked at the stats and, ha, sure enough.. 110 calories and 11 grams of fat per serving. oh well, no big deal. i enjoyed every last bite.

speaking of creamy dressings..i used to dip my pizza in a vat of ranch dressing. it was more like “do you want some pizza with your ranch?”

i was obsessed with ranch dressing. my sister even bought me a year’s supply of homemade ranch dressing once for my birthday. i used it on everything!

anyway. the pizza turned out perfect! marshall and i both agreed that it was even better than the calzones i usually make.

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oh! and the next day, i ate the two leftover slices with cottage cheese piled on top. it was like lasagna pizza. so good.

before i go, i want to announce the winner of the polka dog bakery giveaway…

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congrats, mara! i am sure your pups will love the treats.

ok.. i gotta go.. we have a ton to do today and i am still in my PJs. at noon.

Qs~

1. what sauce and toppings do you like on your pizza?

2. thin crust or thick crust? or stuffed crust?

xo. janetha g.

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{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

lowandbhold May 7, 2011 at 11:03 am

I like any kind of crust and the more veggies the better. I also love olives and feta or any kind of cheese. And pesto is always good. Pizza is the best.

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Christin@purplebirdblog May 7, 2011 at 11:08 am

1. My favorite is pineapple, mushroom, chicken, and basil with marinara or some such tomato sauce.
2. Thinnnnnnnn baby!

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Jessy (squeezetheday) May 7, 2011 at 11:15 am

We always make pizza from scratch, but that ”we” is my brother, not me, hah. When I decide to try to make it, I’ll use this recipe – I love that you can make it with food processor.

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Matt May 7, 2011 at 11:15 am

I LOVE homemade pizza ;)

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Ellie May 7, 2011 at 11:22 am

tomato/marinara sauce alllll the wayyyyy! And thin-medium crust ;) that’s more italian, you know?

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BrocStar May 7, 2011 at 11:24 am

Yum! I’ve always gotten the dough from TJ’s, where you just add flour and roll it out. I’ve been thinking about making my own.
I LOVE pesto as my sauce… I make it with cashews, sunflower seeds, and basil. I usually pile on tomatoes, big pieces of garlic, mushrooms, and sometimes potatoes, corn, mushrooms, brocoli, etc. And lots, and lots of nutritional yeast. I love it because I can take it and eat it cold or hot at school the next day.

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Kaley [Y Mucho Más] May 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I haven’t had pizza in forever, but probably mozzrella (fresh, duh!) and basil. As far as crust, I’ll go with whatever. I love crust!!

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Abby May 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I love marinara sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, basil, and a bunch of crushed red pepper! Thin crust all the way!

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lifttorun May 7, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Mannn. I was so hoping to win that giveaway. Oh well. It’s not like I don’t give my dogs food all the time. (:

I love thin crust pizza. Stuff crust is good, but I rarely eat it.

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lindsay May 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm

ain’t she pretty! i love thin crust with goat cheese, fig, and onion. Hello goddess pizza!

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tea-bag May 7, 2011 at 1:07 pm

i love thick crust w/ only marinara sauce! … i guess that’s basically just a breadstick but it tastes even better in pizza form!
i still haven’t tried amy’s or tj’s no-cheese frozen pizzas but i’m intrigued. the only thing that stops me is that i could probably do the same thing w/ a flat-out wrap & pizza sauce.
thank you so much for your chicken technique! genius!

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kristastes May 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I need to try that poaching recipe — I usually just boil the chicken w/out wrapping it, but sometimes it gets a bit dry that way!

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Jill {i run i eat} May 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I LOVE thin crust pizza that is just plain cheese. We’ve been making our pizza homemade for the past few weeks & I don’t know if I’ll ever buy another frozen one. It’s soooooo good!

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Allison @ Food For Healing May 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm

homemade pizza crust is the best, i’ve only made it once myself. but ive been wanting to make it again soon. I like to buy already seasoned pizza sauce, and i like a regular thickness crust, i love the taste of the dough so thin crust is out for me

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julie May 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm

oh wordddddddd let me see you toootsie rolll
to the left to the left

dammit now i have that song in my head and a SERIOUS craving for piz! too bad i’m about to go eat greek

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Errign May 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Homemade pizza is one of my favorite dinners to cook, even though sometimes I like to complain that it is a lot of work and a pain in my bum. My favorite toppings (not all together) for pizza include: fresh tomatoes, pesto, ricotta cheese, red onion, goat cheese and broccoli. Actuallyyyy, those would all be very good together.

I like a medium (think standard pizza parlor) crust, but I have made deep dish pizza in my cast iron skillet that was cheesy deliciousness.

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1970kikiproject May 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm

the pizza looks awesome, j, but i esp like the “how to poach chicken” idea! brilliant!
thick crust with tom sauce, olives, mushrooms, tomatoes and no cheese – although i would like to try a sprinkle of goat cheese some time!
have a great saturday!

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Crystal May 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I really love thick crust on pizza. But really pizza is yum no matter how thick or thin the crust is! I like broccoli and black olives, marinated artichokes, roasted garlic… and CHEESE of course :)

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Tessa @ Amazing Asset May 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm

This is very impressive, I have never made homemade dough before either! I shall be trying with this recipe though
And my favorite toppings are VEGGIES- tons of them- mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, crispy onions, spinach, cheeseee…. oh and on thin crust, for sure :)
If I want chewy, thick bread with some cheese on it I will have thick crust. But if I want pizza, thin crust all the way!

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Pure2raw twins May 7, 2011 at 4:06 pm

oh man I am craving pizza now!! I prefer thick crust! And lots of tomato sauce and veggies :)

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Michelle May 7, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Thanks for the chicken poaching tip. I’m going to try that next time I poach some chicken! And I love homemade pizza. There’s nothing else quite like it. I prefer thick crust and sometimes I’ll make stuffed crust as well. Oh, I also used to dip my pizza in ranch dressing or blue cheese. Growing up in the Buffalo, there was always blue cheese because it comes with an order of wings which naturally had to be ordered with every pizza. Man, it’s amazing how much ones eating habits can change, isn’t it? Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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emily May 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm

1. I like pesto and white pizzas, but you really can’t go wrong with any pizza. My favorite topping is green olives, soooo good!

2. Thin, but if I ever make it to Chicago I won’t be turning down deep dish!

That chicken poaching tip is genius, thanks for sharing.

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cleaneatingchelsey May 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm

That pizza looks really good! I actually like cheeseless pizza with tons of veggies!

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biz319 May 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Yahoo! Glad your pizza turned out good with it too! :D

Love your poaching chicken idea – totally stealing that from you.

I like just about any kind of pizza – one I make often is a Mexican pizza – the base is a mixture of refried beans and enchilada sauce, I put chopped chicken, corn, and black beans on it with pepper jack cheese.

After it comes out of the oven, I let it rest for a few minutes, then throw cold chopped lettuce over the top and dollops of sour cream – yum! :D

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) May 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm

OK so meal plan: Friday: Janetha’s pizza!! haha- actually Eden & I have some ideas for home-cooking with you :-D can’t wait!

THIN THIN THIN (the pizza crust!)

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Cara @ EAT.PRAY.RUN. May 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm

That dough looks Ah-mazing! I’m glad you posted this, good inspiration to make some pies myself ;)

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm

thin and crispy

pineapple and red pepper flakes are a must!

your pizza looks great!

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BroccoliHut May 7, 2011 at 6:10 pm

How do you like your KitchenAid food processor? I am in need of a larger food processor (currently just have a 2-cup mini one), and I would love a good recommendation!
These days I am loving spinach, onions, and fried egg on my pizzas!
Thick crust, all the way.

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janetha May 9, 2011 at 10:02 am

I love love love it!!!!! Although I have never used another brand, so I am not sure how it compares?

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Gillian May 7, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I’m so impressed with your elaborate home cooked meals! I’ve always wanted to know how to poach chicken!!

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Trisha May 7, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I love home made pizza! Especially with lots of veggies and chicken :)

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Cheri May 7, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I like cracker thin crust (all through my younger years I ate the toppings and left the crust … too doughy). I’m definitely going to try your recipe this week. Looked great. I am a nut for veg pizza … and usually top ours with the usual plus some unusual items. My favorite is zucchini, spinach, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and slices of tomato.

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Holly @ The Runny Egg May 7, 2011 at 8:51 pm

That pizza looks too good. I just love caramelized onions on just about anything.

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char May 7, 2011 at 9:22 pm

I looove garlic dipping sauce with pizza…better stop that fast! I like a ton of veggies and goat cheese on pizza…and a good marinara sauce, too :)

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Christie May 7, 2011 at 11:01 pm

That pizza looks so tasty! In answer to your questions…

If its got blue cheese or feta, I’m sold.

Thin – I love it nice and crispy!

(I’m a new commenter, but a loooong- time reader. Love your blog and your attitude to food/exercise/life!)

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Sarah@The Flying ONION May 8, 2011 at 3:54 am

Your pizza looks like a slice of heaven!

I’m definitely a thick crust kinda gal, although I like thin, crispy crusts now and then too. And my favorite kinds of pizzas are the ones loaded with mushrooms, peppers, onions, etc. I once had a pizza with avocado, black beans and spicy tomatoes which was pretty much amazing too. :D

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stuffedsillysarah May 8, 2011 at 6:05 am

I have to try that pizza! Will probably experiment with seafood :)

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mindrunningwild May 8, 2011 at 7:33 am

I’ve never seen such a beautiful pizza- bravo!!
I’m a fan of the thin pizza crust but it’s got to be good quality- no gross doughy white stuff for me!! If I’m going to eat pizza, I want to make sure it’s delish.
and as for toppings- I love just veggies of all kinds. loaded on. and caramelized onion sauce, if you please :)

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Paige is Running Around Normal May 8, 2011 at 9:15 am

I love as many veggies as I can possibly pile on! I’ve never heard of that way to poach a chicken, either!

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Ananda May 8, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I had never tried making pizza dough in my food processor so I’m giving it a go tonight. You did not disappoint with the enchilada recipe last night!

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natalie (the sweets life) May 9, 2011 at 8:16 am

I just read that tip in cooking light and was excited to try it! I’m glad it works!

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Heather (Where's the Beach) May 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Love making my own dough. I use my bread machine to make the dough (I’m so lazy LOL). But this looks like an incredibly easy recipe. I really like Greek style toppings like sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives, banana pepper rings. But I love a good veggie pizza too – as in more than just bell peppers, olives, and onions. I want the veggie works ;-)

My sister was that way with ranch dressing. I used to love that butter sauce you got with Papa Johns pizzas. Now I can’t believe I ever ate it!

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kissmybroccoli May 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Mmm, lasagna pizza! I’m drooling! I hate having to wait for dough to rise! I usually just make socca pizza since I’m so impatient, but I can’t wait to try this one…it’s too easy not to!

Veggies…bring on the veggies! I’m a meat eater, but there is just something about a pizza piled high with onions, peppers, tomatoes, and (my favorite) zucchini! Yum!

I like thin crust the best, but I would NEVER turn down at least one piece of stuff crust…I’m such a cheese head!

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tastyeatsathome May 11, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Your pizza looks great! Yum. And that trick about poaching chicken? Genius. I’m so doing that.

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allison miller June 4, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Love the chicken poaching tip- I have never poached chicken..what kind of plastic wrap is that? I have never seen it?

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Janetha June 5, 2012 at 9:16 am

It’s a microwave/heat safe one I picked up from costco. The brand is Glad.

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