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California Veggie Pizza


We are heading towards North American cuisine this month for the International Food Challenge, an event started by Shobana and Saras and we are cooking from the California region. As a result of varied range of micro-climates, the lifestyle in California promotes health conscious diets and use of fresh organic produce. This month's host Joanne of What's On The List suggested some classic recipes from the California cuisine and I picked the famous California pizza.

California-style pizza is a fusion of New York and Italian thin crust with toppings from the California cuisine cooking style. California-style pizza focuses on using nontraditional pizza ingredients and fresh produce. California Pizza Kitchen is one of the major pizza franchises associated with California-style pizza and this veggie pizza recipe is one on their menu. This pizza is laden with fresh vegetables, mozzarella and goat cheese on a honey wheat pizza crust. Let's see how to make this California-style veggie pizza.

CALIFORNIA VEGGIE PIZZA RECIPE

Recipe Source ~ Tastebook | KKTV
{ Honey-wheat crust pizza with eggplant, broccoli, mushrooms, red onions, sun-dried tomato, corn and mozzarella }
Makes a 9" pizza


Ingredients:

For the pizza:
½  tsp dried yeast
¼ cup + ½ tsp warm water
½ cup bread flour
¼ cup whole wheat flour
2 ½ tsp honey
½ tsp salt
2 tsp olive oil

For the toppings:
1 large Japanese eggplant
100 gms white mushroom
1 small bunch baby broccoli
¼ cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
½ a small red onion, thinly sliced
2 halves sun-dried tomatoes strips
4 tbsp marinara/pizza sauce
1 ½ cups grated Mozzarella cheese
Olive oil
Salt, pepper
¼ cup goat cheese (optional)

Method:

To make the dough:

1. Dissolve the yeast in the water and set aside for 5 to 10 minutes.

2. Place the dry ingredients in a bowl. Make a well in the middle and pour the liquids. Combine the ingredients using a wooden spoon. Then lightly oil your hand and knead the dough for 5 minutes. The dough will be lightly sticky at this stage.

3. Lightly oil the dough ball and the interior of a bowl. Place the dough ball in the bowl and seal the bowl air tight with a cling wrap. Set aside at room temperature to rise until double in size, about 1 ½ - 2 hours.

4. After the dough had doubled, punch down the dough and form into a round ball. Place in the same bowl and cover with cling wrap. Refrigerate overnight.

5. Remove the dough from refrigerator 2 hours before assembling the pizza. Sprinkle flour on the dough and on the working surface. Roll the dough into 9-inch diameter, ½-inch thick circle.

6. Pinch the dough between your fingers all around the edge of the circle, forming a  rim that rises about 1/4-inch above the center surface of the dough.

To make the toppings:

1. Cut the eggplant into ¼-inch-thick slices. Brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides. Grill them for 2 minutes or until tender.

2. Cut the mushrooms into ¼- inch thick slices. Heat oil in a pan and toss the mushrooms. Cook the mushrooms on medium heat until all liquid has evaporated and the edges begin to brown. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

3. Cut the broccoli into small florets and blanch them in boiling water for a minute. Drain and plunge into cold water. Once cool, drain and set aside.8. Use immediately, or cool and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

4. Heat a small pan over high heat and roast the corn kernels for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

To assemble the pizza:

1. Preheat the oven to 200 C | 400 F. Place the rolled pizza on a floured pizza pan. Spread the sauce to within 1 inch of the outer edge of the dough. Sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.

2. Then place the eggplant, followed by mushrooms, onion and sun-dried tomato. Sprinkle corn and top with broccoli.

3. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella over the pizza. If using goat cheese, break it into small pieces and distribute over the pizza.

4. Transfer the pizza to the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese at the center is melted.

Notes and Tips
  • Do not put salt directly into the yeast water because this would kill some of the yeast.
  • Do not over mix the dough as it will  produce tough and rubbery dough.
  • You can use the dough after the first rise. But keeping it overnight makes the dough more chewy and flavorful.
  • You can make the normal pizza dough recipe instead of honey wheat dough. Note that the honey wheat dough tends to rise more slowly.
  • You can use normal eggplant also. If using large ones, halve them and slice. Also go for normal broccoli if baby broccoli is not available.

19 comments:

  1. wow looks inviting...very yumm
    love that thin crust:)

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  2. G'day Sona! I am soooooooooo proud of you as your photo and recipe chosen is mouth-watering! Well done for completing the North America California Cuisine challenge!
    Cheers! Joanne

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  3. great looking and mouthwatering pizza, liked the addition of eggplant, bookmarked !!!

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  4. That is a new variant of pizza for me. Looks so yummy...

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  5. wow... such a delicious looking pizza... awesome pics dear...

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  6. I love it with all of those veggies on top... and the goat cheese also... yummy!

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  7. they use all greens like salad leaves too so just cook the dough and put lots of fresh green salad leaves, fresh figs, and parmesan cheese on top. this looks so tempting.

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  8. Your pizza looks healthy and delicious. Love the loads of veggies going in there. I love my pizzas that way!

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  9. Pizza looks delicious and inviting, want to grab a slice!!!

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  10. Loved the toppings going into the pizza, different from usual pizza.. Looks delicious.. Nice pics too...

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  11. Very colorful and delicious looking pizza...looks very professional

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  12. Looks delicious.. game for pizza anytime..

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  13. Such a beautiful pizza, am in love with ur toppings, very well presentation too.

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  14. Pizza looks awesome, and the clicks, simply superb..

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  15. yummy greeny looking pizza,yummm :)

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  16. its too tempting, well presented!!1

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  17. Pizza looks delicious! Nice presentation and clicks too..

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  18. uff...it looks so mouthwatering .... I have been thinking of going on a diet to loose all those extra pounds but u just left me craving to have a pizza right now

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