Friday, September 12, 2008

Recipe- Green Goddess Garlic Pizza

Today's recipe is from Heather of Holistically Heather, For The Love Of Vegan and Recycled Cycle.

You wont be let down, its a lot of work and kinda pricey but ohhh sooo goood!
I am making it simple by making you a shopping list seperate from all of the recipe instructions! It is a good time of year to make this, gather as many items from your garden or your local farmers markets!!!!! And most importantly, have fun! Throw in a cd, team up with a friend and make the dinner of your lifetime!

grocery list:
1 package of dry active yeast
olive oil
3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 c. walnuts
4 c. basil leaves
2 bulbs and 9 cloves garlic
1/4 c. nutritional yeast (optional)
1 lemon
1 bunch spinach
1 c. chopped broccoli florets
1/2 c. pitted green olives
1 pound asparagus
1 pound green beans
1 c. frozen peas
1 c. slivered almonds
1 c. fresh parsley
4 scallions
1 package xtra firm tofu

Start oven at 350 degrees
roast a couple bulbs of garlic, by pulling off as much of the outer garlic paperlike stuff, and putting on a cookie sheet...keep an eye on it, the recipe says it takes a half hour, but it doesnt while you are cooking the garlic you might as well roast the 1/2 c. of walnuts for the pesto they take about 10 minutes!

start out with the pizza crust
1c. warm water in a bowl add 1 1/2 T. sugar to it and mix it..then add 1 packet of yeast
let sit around for about 10 minutes, if it is foamy and maybe even bubbling the yeast is good!
while you are waiting that 10 minutes you might as well assemble the other ingredients in a seperate bowl!
2 T. olive oil
3 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
knead and then let sit for about an hour in a warm place ( i never wait a full hour, im impatient)
punch the dough to get the bubble out

Classic Pesto
1/2 c. roasted walnuts (from above)
3 c. packed basil leaves
3 cloves of garlic smashed and coarsley chopped
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. olive oil
1/4 c. nutritional yeast (optional but i wouldnt do anything without my nutritional yeast!)
2 tsp. lemon juice
combine walnuts,basil, garlic, and salt in food processor or blender...slowly add olive oil...add nutrtional yeast and lemon juice, and pulse the mixture! Should be the consistency of a grainy paste not a puree.

Green Garden Puree
1 pound asparagus
1 pound green beans
1 c. frozen peas
1 c. slivered almonds
2 cloves garlic
1 c. loosely packed parsley leaves
4 scallions, green parts only
2 T olive oil
juice of half a lemon
dash ground nutmeg
1 package xtra firm tofu
1 c. chopped basil
Get a large bowl of ice ready! Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil...add asparagus and green beans, boil for 2 minutes...then add peas and boil another 2 minutes! drain veggies and then submerge in ice asap, to stop the cooking process!
Pulse almonds into a fine powder, add the boiled veggies, garlic, parsley, scallions, olive oil, lemon juice, and nutmeg....puree until smooth
In a large bowl mash the tofu, add the puree and mix well.. fold in the basil...cover and refrigerate until ready to use!

Green Goddess Garlic Pizza The finale!
pizza crusts
1 bunch of spinach
roasted garlic
1 T. olive oil
the pesto
garden puree
1 c. choppped broccoli florets
1/2 c. pitted green olives
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 500 degrees
roll your dough out
the recipe says this makes 2 pizzas, but i use a standard rectangle cookie sheet and make 1 BIG pizza
your choice
Fill a skillet with about an inch of water and bring to a boil. add the spinach and sprinkle with salt, cook until spinach is wilted, about 1 minute. Drain in a colander and run some cold water over it, press out as much water as possible....set aside
Remove roasted garlic from their skins, place in a bowl and mash, add a T. of olive oil and mash into a paste
Spread garlic paste on dough ( i am typing the recipe as if you are only making one pizza, if you are making 2...split all ingredients you are adding in half!)
Spoon dallops of pesto on top, about 2 inches apart...fill in the empty spots with garden puree.. place spinach ,olives, broccoli florets, and sliced garlic randomly on the pizza...drizzle veggies with olive oil to prevent them from drying out...brush the edge of the crust with olive oil.
place crust in the bottom of the oven on a pizza stone if you have one, i use a cookie sheet
8-12 minutes in the oven on 500 degrees!

Now sit down, relax, kick off your shoes, and enjoy with a nice tall glass of hemp milk!!! <3 href="">

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