Carter Cooks: Goat Cheese and Spring Greens White Pizza

In my family we celebrate with pizza. Growing up, my mom and her best friend Gerry could pull together a homemade pizza party for 20 in 2 hours flat. In Eastern Kentucky I lived so far out in the country that pizzas weren’t delivered (school buses didn’t run out there either). I can count on my hand how many times I have had delivery pizza. But, pizza is probably one of my top 3 favorite foods. When I like something that much, I learn to make it. Plus, there is something very fulfilling about splitting a homemade pie with friends and family.

As I became a more adventurous eater and chef, I decided to experiment with toppings on pizza. While my standby is still a supreme, I do occasionally dabble in “unique” toppings. That’s what this week’s dish is a unique celebration pizza: the perfect way to toast the graduates of ETSU’s Class of 2012. Congratulations for all your hard work!

Goat Cheese and Spring Greens White Pizza

From the Market

Goat Cheese – Oak Moon Creamery

Spring greens – JEM

From your Pantry

Water

Flour, bread or all-purpose

Yeast

Salt

Sugar

Butter

Garlic

1.     To make the crust, grease a deep bowl.

2.     Mix 1 c. warm water and 2 tsp yeasts. Set aside for 5 minutes. This mixture should foam and bubble. If it doesn’t your yeast may not be active.

3.     Meanwhile in a food processor, mix 3 cups flour, 1 Tbsp sugar, 1 tsp salt. Then add 1 Tbsp soft butter and yeast mixture. Pulse until a sticky, dough ball forms.

4.     Pour onto a floured surface. Knead for a minute. You can add more flour if the dough is too sticky. Place dough ball in the greased bowl, turning over the dough to coat it in the oil.

5.     Cover, place in a warm dry place, and let rise until doubled in size, approximately 1 hour.

6.     Chop 2-3 cloves of garlic. Melt 4 Tbsp butter. Mix garlic and butter.

7.     Roll out the dough to the desired thickness.

8.     Top with garlic butter, cover all the way to the edges.

9.     Top with some of your favorite Oak Moon Creamery goat cheese.

10. Bake at 425°F for approximately 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. Top immediately with some chopped spring greens.

11. Celebrate!

Notes:

Yeast: Yeast is a living thing that causes your dough to rise. Too hot water will cause it to die and your dough to stay flat. Use the inside of your wrist to gauge your tap water. When it is hot on your wrist, you should be in good shape. Alternately, you can measure the temperature. It should be around 105°F

Flour: Bread flour will give you a crisper crust. I like to mix bread flour and all-purpose flour for my pizza dough. It makes for a great flavor. You can also try wheat flour. Although, I would definitely mix wheat and all-purpose flour for a more traditional flavor.

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