Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Roasted Onion & Bell Pepper Pizza

Roasted Onion & Bell Pepper Pizza
Yields one 8" pizza

For the crust:
All purpose flour - 3/4cup
Dry Yeast - 3/4tsp.
Sugar - 3/4tsp.
Salt - 1/3tsp.
Warm water - 1/3cup
Olive oil

For the sauce:
Onion, chopped - 1nos.
Tomatos, deseeded & chopped - 2nos.
Garlic cloves - 1big or 3 small
Chilli powder - 1/4tsp.(optional)
Italian Seasoning - 1/2tsp or as required
Olive oil
Salt to taste

For Topping:
Onion, skin on - 1small
Bell Pepper - 1small
Mozarella cheese, shredded - 1/2-3/4cup


Add yeast & sugar to warm water and keep aside for 10min. Add flour & salt to it and knead to a soft dough adding olive oil. Add more water if required. Place the dough in a well oiled bowl. Brush the the dough with more oil and keep covered in a warm place to rise. After about 30-45min, when the dough has doubled in size, punch it down. Knead it for a min and again keep covered in a warm place to rise. But this time for an hour & a half.

For the sauce, heat a little olive oil and fry the crushed garlic for a min or so. Add the onions & fry till translucent. Add tomatoes and let it simmer uncovered over a low flame till the sauce thickens. Add chilli powder & cook for another 1 min and switch of the flame. Cool and grind it to a finer consistency. Season with Italian herbs & salt.

Both the pizza dough & sauce can be prepared a day earlier and refrigerated( frozen in case of dough). Only thing to remember is to well thaw the dough & warm the sauce before using.

Bell pepper & Onions can be roasted by keeping it directly over burner flame. Roast till the vegetables are charred evenly on all sides. Cool. Remove skin, wash & slice the veggies.

Preheat the oven to 210 degree Celsius.

Knead the dough lightly &
place it on a floured surface. Roll out using a rolling pin or spread out using fingers. Prick the dough all over using a fork & brush lightly with olive oil. Now spread the sauce over the base followed by the sliced veggies and finally the cheese.
Next brush the hot tray with oil & gently slide the pizza onto the tray. Bake for 20-25min or till the cheese melts & the crust is well browned. For a more browner & tastier crust you can brush the crust with more oil halfway while baking.
Remove from oven & cool slightly. Slice & serve.

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Nags said...

whoah! thats a lot of cheese :D am sure u enjoyed it!!!

Mansi Desai said...

wow!! that a nice pizza!:) we love roasted bell-peppers; I recently amde a soup with them:)

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jj said...

This pizza looks so good - and so healthy! Great share!