Garden Fresh Pizza
One of my favorite things about late summer is the produce flowing from the backyard garden. I have (finally!) learned that its best to create dishes around the produce I gather each day instead of trying to find a million recipes to use up everything I harvest. Pizza is one thing that I have found you can add all sorts of random vegetables to with it turning out great, though slightly different, each time. I made this particular pizza with rainbow chard, red onion, yellow summer squash, and fresh basil – but tomatoes, other greens such as spinach or kale, zucchini, peppers, etc can be used with good results.
whole grain pizza dough – enough for a large pizza
1 6 oz can tomato sauce
1 tsp Italian seasoning
about 4 cups of greens (chard, spinach, kale), cut into bite sized pieces
1-2 cups mozzarella cheese
1 small summer squash, sliced thin
1/2 red onion, sliced thin
tomatoes, sliced (optional)
bell peppers, sliced (optional)
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
parmesan cheese, to taste
garlic salt, to taste
parsley flakes, to taste
PREPARE OVEN, STONE, and PEEL: Preheat the oven to 425 F with a pizza stone inside. Cover a pizza peel with cornmeal.
DOUGH: Roll out your favorite whole grain dough recipe and place it on the prepared pizza peel.
SAUCE: Stir the Italian seasoning into the can of tomato sauce. Spread how ever much of it you want onto the dough.
GREENS: Sprinkle the greens on top of the sauce. Yes, I know that it looks like way too much. Don’t worry – it cooks way down. If you put any less you won’t be able to tell that it is there at all.
CHEESE: Now sprinkle on the cheese. It is important that it goes on top of the greens so that it holds them down.
VEGGIE TOPPINGS: Bring on the rest of the veggie toppings – spread them all over! This is not your typical pizza – you really shouldn’t see much cheese when we are done with these toppings.
BAKE: Slide the pizza off the pizza peel onto the pizza stone. I like to use a spatula and have a helper when I do this since the pizza is so tall 🙂 Bake for about 12 minutes – when the cheese is melted and just starting to bubble, sprinkle the basil on top. After a minute or so, pull out the pizza.
SPRINKLE: Sprinkle the parmesan, garlic salt, and parsley on top if desired. I desire. It is delicious. Slice and enjoy!