A few weeks ago, a reader asked me to post my whole-wheat pizza recipe. Truth is, I don’t have a single recipe. I have several. You see, we live where no pizza place will deliver, so if we want pizza, we have to make it. Today I’m going to share with you a recipe for a crisper-crust pizza. This will make a round about 13 inches. I also ordinarily use my home-canned marinara sauce on my pizzas, but you’ll have to wait for summer to get that recipe, so I’m going to give you an alternative sauce. This pizza has really traditional toppings, so it should have familiar tastes for a family that is transitioning to healthier, homemade food. You can get all of the ingredients for this pizza as organic products or at least those produced without chemicals.
makes 8 generous slices
- 1 tablespoon yeast (less, like a teaspoon, if you have all day for the dough to rise–if you want pizza in an hour or two, use the full amount)
- ½ cup warm water
- 1 scant cup whole-wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon wheat gluten
- pinch of sugar
- pinch of salt and/or Cavender’s Greek Seasoning
Put the water and yeast in a food processor. Pulse to combine. Add the flour and other dry ingredients. Process just until the dough pulls into a ball. You can easily make this dough without a food processor. Just work in the flour with your hands and knead for about ten minutes. Put in a bowl coated with olive oil, turn dough over to coat with oil, and put in a warm place to rise. When it’s doubled in size and an indentation you make with your finger no longer refills quickly, it’s ready.
- 1 small can tomato paste (you’ll have a few tablespoons left)
- 1 tablespoon total dried oregano, rosemary, and thyme
- 1 teaspoon crushed fennel seed
- about 3 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
- 2 spicy Italian sausages (we use chicken), cooked whole and then thinly sliced
- 8 large portobellini mushrooms, sliced and lightly sauteed in olive oil to release their liquid
- 8 good pitted black olives, sliced in half
- 1 ounce (about 1-inch cube) real parmesan cheese, grated finely
Heat the oven to 450 degrees, and put your pizza pan in the oven. (Yes, a pizza stone works really well for this recipe. Unfortunately, my largest, narrow-rimmed cast iron fry pan is only 12 inches, so the dough would be thick on it.) Punch down the dough and then gently work it to the 13-inch size on a bread board sprinkled with corn meal. Now take the hot pizza stone out of the oven, sprinkle it with corn meal, and transfer the shaped dough to it.
Spread all but a couple of tablespoons of the tomato paste on the dough (lightly, not too much!) and sprinkle on the herbs and fennel seed. Cut the mozzarella in slices and place around the pizza evenly.
Now lay down the sausage, followed by the mushrooms and olive halves. Now use a fine grater to cover everything with the parmesan cheese.If you use a really fine grater, a single ounce of cheese goes a long, long way. Pop the pizza stone in the hot oven (450 degrees F) and bake for 10-12 minutes, more or less depending on the consistency of your oven. When the pizza is getting brown on top, take it out. Let it sit a couple of minutes and then slice it. Eat. Enjoy.
Does this pizza look good to you? Are you interested in more pizza recipes? Try one of my deep-dish, whole-grain pizzas baked in a cast-iron skillet!
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