Sunday, October 17, 2010
Whole Wheat Pizza with Clam Sauce
mexican pizza, bbq chicken pizza, spinach and mushroom pizza, portabella, bacon, and tomato pizza, and grueyere, fig, and balsamic pizza just to name a few. but my husband, E, is a traditional man. he likes meat and cheese. so this time, i decided to make a non-traditional pizza E would like.
Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
(makes 3 pizza crusts)
2 1/2 cups warm water (100-110 degrees F), plus more if needed
1 (1/4 oz) packet of active dry yeast
3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp fine sea salt
in a large bowl, whisk together flours, and salt.
in a large measuring cup, dissolve yeast in water. pour into flour and salt mixture. stir (or use your hands) to combine until a soft dough forms. add more water if too dry and more flour if too sticky.
using a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment, knead dough on medium-low speed until dough becomes smooth and elastic (about 5-8 minutes). drizzle the inside of a large clean bowl with olive oil and place dough in bowl. cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm, dry place for 2 hours. (i preheat my oven to 120 degrees F. turn it off, and let the bowl sit in there.
after dough has doubled in size, deflate the center of the dough and cut into 3 equal-sized pieces. form into a ball and place each in separate, oiled bowls. cover and let rise again for about an hour.
remove and wrap in plastic wrap. keep in fridge until ready to roll out or freeze for a later use. when ready to use, roll out, add sauce and toppings and bake at 450 degrees F for 10-15 minutes.
White Clam Sauce
1 tbs unsalted butter
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tbs flour
1/3 cup dry white wine
2 (6.5 oz) cans of minced clams, drained, juices reserved
1/4 cup reserved clam juice
1/4 cup cream or half and half
1/8 cup grated parmesan cheese
chopped fresh parsley for garnish
combine butter and olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. once butter has melted, add garlic and saute for 2 minutes. add flour and stir for 1 minute. pour in wine and stir well until smooth. add clam juice and simmer until reduced by half. stir in clams, cream, and parmesan and stir well until smooth.
pour over cooked linguine or rolled out pizza dough. sprinkle with fresh parsley and enjoy!